Melanie Safka, a renowned American singer-songwriter, was married to record producer Peter Schekeryk. They met in 1968, married in 1970, and founded Neighborhood Records. They had three children: Leilah, Jeordie, and Beau. Peter died of a heart attack in 2010, devastating Melanie.
Peter was instrumental in Melanie’s artistic success, producing and managing her albums. He also had a musical background, playing in The Balloon Farm rock band. Their marriage was a fruitful collaboration that left a lasting impact on the music industry.
Melanie Safka’s Music Career
Melanie Anne Safka-Schekeryk, known as Melanie or Melanie Safka, was a popular American singer-songwriter. She rose to fame with her 1970 hit “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain),” inspired by her 1969 Woodstock performance. She also had a global hit with “Brand New Key” in 1971–72. Her covers of “Ruby Tuesday” and “What Have They Done to My Song Ma” were well-received.
Melanie impressed audiences with her soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics. She left a lasting mark on the music industry and continues to inspire fans worldwide.
Melanie Safka, Legendary Songwriter, Dies at 77
The American music icon, known for her powerful and heartfelt songs, passed away peacefully at her home. Her children Leilah, Jeordie, and Beau Jarred announced her death on social media, praising her as a talented, strong, and passionate woman who inspired millions with her words and voice.
“One of the most talented, strong and passionate women of the era and every word she wrote, every note she sang reflected that”
The cause of death was not disclosed.