Melky Jean

Published January 14, 2011

Melky is a singer, song writer, composer and happens to be the younger sister of Fugees founder Wyclef Jean. Melky's vocals can be found on artists like Carlos Santana's album The Shaman. She has also contributed songs for film soundtracks including Love Jones (the breakout single ''I've Got a Love''), Little Nikki, Two Can Play That Game and The Hurricane. She was also the singing voice of Sanaa Lathan in the HBO’s movie Disappearing Acts.

She is a Grammy-nominated song writer who has written for Sinead O’Connor and Regina Belle. As a performer Melky has opened up for groups like the Roots, Black Eye Peas, and Outkast. Melky has shared the stage with power houses like Sheryl Mclaughlin and Patti Lablle. Her press book contains over 100 magazine publications from around the world. If she isn't touring with her brother Wyclef Jean, she can be found performing with her band doing "A Tribute To Soul Music."

Her most gratifying accomplishment to date is The Carma Foundation, an organization she founded and serves as chairperson.

Her own personal successes as a recording artist has enabled her to bring in other entertainment figures to lend their celebrity and contribute to the lives of Haitian women and children. Melky has served as executive producer to a CARE for Haiti music project which featured national and international artist like Angelique Kidjo, Sean Paul, KRS-One, Talib Kweli, Brooke Hogan and  her brother Wyclef jean.

One Hundred percent of the album's proceeds will go to the CARE organization, Carma Foundation and her brother’s Yelé Haiti foundation. Her charitable work has been praised in such media outlets as Washington Luxury, CNN, Fox News, MTV, MSNBC, New York Post,, Essence Magazine, Sister 2  Sister Magazine and HipHopWeekly

In 2009 the city of Miami celebrated Melky by naming a day in her Honor for her artistic achievement and philanthropic works.

In March 20I0 she was honored by the City of New York Parks and Recreations Department (in conjunction with LOTUS Music & Dance) for her humanitarian efforts and her work with the Carma Foundation.

That same year, Melky was honored at The 5 Continents Academy Awards for her work in Haiti and for being a role model to the Haitian Jaspora.

Written by BET-Staff


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