Everton Hardweare grew up in Kingston, Jamaica. In the 1980s, he met well-known reggae/dub producer King Tubby. Tubby produced his first single, “Tie Me,” which was released on Firehouse in 1987. He then caught the attention of production duo Steely & Clevie, who produced his first hit, a reggae cover of the R&B single “Shower Me With Your Love” by Surface.
In 1990, Melody recorded the Japanese language single “Sayonara Tokyo” for Sony Music Japan, and was subsequently booked to perform at a concert in Japan. Based on the success of the single and concert, Melody signed with Parish Records and released his first LP, titled Original, in 1992, which was distributed by the Queens-based record label VP Records.
Singing Melody found widespread success with his sophomore LP Sweeter, which was released by VP Records in 1999. The single “Want You Back” reached #1 on the Jamaica Star’s reggae/dancehall chart, and the music video for the song reached the #2 position on the MTV2 playlist. The song also won “Song of the Year” at the 1999 Reggae/Soca Music Awards. Melody also won the “Best Male Vocalist International” award at the 12th annual Tamika Reggae Awards.
In 2002, Singing Melody released his third LP, Expressions, on VP Records. In the 2000s he began producing tracks for artists including Morgan Heritage, Richie Stephens, and Turbulence. He started his own label, S.H.E.M. Music Productions, and helped promote the annual Kingston reggae concert “Symphony Under the Stars.”
Singing Melody released his fourth LP, They Call Me Mr. Melody, on 17 January 2012. It will be released on S.H.E.M. Music/Fat Eyes and distributed by VP Records. The first single from the album is “Collide,” a cover of the Howie Day song of the same name. The single reached the #1 position on the Top 20 music chart for Aruba.The album includes productions from Donovan Germain, Tony “CD” Kelly, Lynford “Fatta” Marshall and others.