Poised for success, Melanie soon after conquered the lounges of several Atlantic City casinos including Harrah's, Tropicana, Caesars, Trump Plaza and Trump Marina. Traveling west, she lit up the stages of Las Vegas' Golden Nugget, and Bally's. Over the years she continued to polish her act, garnering accolades and respect from her peers, her fans and the local media.
Graduating to the showrooms, she sang back up for Grover Washington, Jr., Joe Piscapo and James Darren. She also opened for headliners Smokey Robinson, Joan Rivers, David Brenner and Shecky Green.
Atlantic City Magazine dubbed Melanie Rice "...one of the city's hottest talents...on her way to the top..." Readers agreed, nominating her "Opening Act of The Year" in the magazine's readers' poll.
In 1995, Melanie expanded her musical horizons once more, opening her own entertainment agency, Melanie Rice Entertainment. Utilizing musical experience, business savvy and unsurpassed customer service, she provides casino, corporate and social clients with entertainment ranging from string ensembles to high energy dance bands to fully staged production shows & headline entertainers. In addition, she is the conductor and lead singer of "MRO" (The Melanie Rice Orchestra), one of the tri-states most popular dance bands and performs as a cabaret artist as well as with a traditional jazz ensemble. In additon Melanie and her MRE team produce and direct all types of small and large scale production shows, concerts and galas.
When not performing, Melanie can often be found on the golf course. A gifted athlete, she won the touted 'N.J. State Girls Golf Championship.' She was also runner up in the 'South Jersey Women's Amateur Championship.' She regularly participates in charity golf tournaments, enjoying the camaraderie of her fellow players and the united gesture of giving. A committed member of the community, Melanie serves on the board of directors for MANNA at the Shore, The South Jersey Jazz Society and the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance. She is also an active fundraiser for many organizations including The Alzheimer's Association and The Hansen Foundation. A respected voice in the community, each year Melanie co-produces with Bob Fowler and Nina Soifer, a charity concert at Harrah's Atlantic City called "Street Life--A Musical Collaboration to benefit Hansen Foundation". She is also the co-producer of the Annual Miss'd America Pageant at Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and produced & directed the 9/11 Concert for The Miss America Organization.
In 2009, Melanie expanded her business ventures into the area of talent management, a totally natural transition for someone with Melanie's years of experience & expertise on stage and off. She has mentored and developed some brilliant young talent poised to step up to the "next level" in recording, theatre and film.
A respected recording artist in her own right, Melanie has released 2 CDs - 'He Loves, She Loves', a musical collaboration with longtime friend and Grammy nominated pianist George Mesterhazy and "This Love of Mine" with her current collaborators pianist/arranger Dean Schneider, bassist Tim Lekan and drummer Bob Shomo. "The beauty of these CDs is not so much in the finished product as it is in the artistic journey we took in creating them," says Melanie. Described as "sensual elixirs for the heart", both CDs feature jazz standards, Broadway classics and pop ballads performed with elegant simplicity and heartfelt expression. These inspiring and intimate recordings are available through several major internet sites including iTunes, Amazon.com and CDbaby.com or by visiting www.melanierice.com