Melody Gardot // (born February 2, 1985) is an American jazz singer whose career began after she was injured in a bicycle accident. She has been influenced by such blues and jazz artists as Judy Garland, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Stan Getz and George Gershwin as well as Latin music artists such as Caetano Veloso. She has been nominated for a Grammy Award.
Gardot follows the teachings of Buddhism, is a macrobiotic cook and humanitarian.. She is an advocate of music therapy, and has visited hospitals and universities to discuss its benefits for recovery from injury and illness. In 2012, it was reported that she had given her name to a music therapy program in New Jersey. Gardot considers herself a "citizen of the world".