Singer Melanie

Celebrity Q&A, People
on January 17, 2012

Q: What has become of singer Melanie, who had a No. 1 hit in the early '70s with "Brand New Key"?

—Joy Jackson, Tarko, Mo.

Melanie Safka, 64, lives in Nashville, Tenn., and continues to perform with her virtuoso guitarist son, Beau Jarred Schekeryk. In October 2010, her producer husband Peter Schekeryk, the father of their three children, passed away. "It happened while we were on the road," she says. "My son is so grateful, though, that right before we left on that road trip, he and Peter worked on an album for me, Ever Since You Never Heard of Me." In April, Melanie plans to headline at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City before embarking on a summer tour.