Susannah Melvoin (born January 26, 1964) is an American vocalist and songwriter, best known for her association with Prince in the mid-1980s. Coming from a musical family, Melvoin is the twin sister of musician Wendy Melvoin, sister of Jonathan Melvoin (former touring keyboardist with The Smashing Pumpkins), and daughter of jazz pianist (and former NARAS president) Michael Melvoin.
|Born||January 26, 1964|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Rock, funk, pop, new wave, Minneapolis sound, R&B|
|Associated acts||Prince, The Revolution, The Family|
Her work with PrinceEdit
Susannah got her start working with Prince in the mid-1980s during sister Wendy's stint with The Revolution. During this period, she was tapped to be a joint lead vocalist of one of Prince's side projects, The Family. Prince wrote The Family's 1985 song, "Nothing Compares 2 U", about Melvoin. The song charted when Sinéad O'Connor covered it in 1990.
Later, she joined the expanded line-up of The Revolution, adding backing vocals to Parade, including the 1986 single "Anotherloverholenyohead". She designed the Dream Factory jacket, and, in addition to Wendy & Lisa of The Revolution, received a credit on Sign o' the Times (she co-wrote the song "Starfish and Coffee").
She was married to Doyle Bramhall II from 1997 to 2010 and has two daughters, India (born in 2002) and Elle (born in 2005), from the marriage.
In 2007, The Family reunited to record a new album, and renamed themselves fDeluxe in 2009.