Related Information for Melanie ThorntonMay 13,1967—-November 23,2001Melanie Janene was born in Charleston, South Carolina and began studying voice from the age of six, as well as learning to play the piano and the clarinet. Growing up her mother would listen to Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack. Melanie would mimic the female vocalists she saw on television or heard on radio.Later on she financed her college studies with appearances in talent shows and smaller band concerts. read more