Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Voice of Melody Ellison

Melody Ellison is part of American Girls' BeForever Collection

American Girl collectors eagerly anticipate the release (sometime this summer) of the company's newest doll character, Melody Ellison, first written about on this blog here.  Melody represents a 9-year-old Civil Rights era child and resident of Detroit, Michigan, the original home of Motown records. In addition to civil rights issues, a love for singing is appropriately woven into Melody's story.

Thousands of girls auditioned to become the voice of Melody Ellison, but only one could be chosen. In the following Youtube video, watch as the winner learns she is the chosen one.


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6 comments:

  1. Thanks for mentioning her again, I'd totally forgotten. She looks great and I love her outfit. That face mold also looks different and better than the usual American Girl one.

    My mom had exactly that flip hairstyle in the sixties. It was well worth the hole in the ozone to have those fabulous hairdos.:D

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  2. You're welcome, Maricha! I believe the face mold used for Melody was used for the now retired Cecile Ray and was used prior to that for Sonali. I like her hairstyle, which was very popular in the '60s. I wore a similar style, but my flipped ends were more curls than a loose flip. My bangs were perfect, however. No hair spray needed. :-)

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  3. Hi Debbie,
    Melody is the first American Girl doll I am tempted of purchasing. I love her face mould, her skin tone, Her hairstyle and dress (I am a big fan of the 60's). But most of all, I love her story.
    The young girl they chose is perfect for the part. She has a beautiful voice and her personality seems Melody-like.
    Keep having fun!
    Arlette

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    1. I love Melody's story, too. I am a child of the '60s, so I can definitely relate to the climate in America in which Melody's story evolves.

      The video chat that included little Miss Gray singing the Black National Anthem (previously known as the Negro National Anthem), Lift Every Voice and Sing, was very touching. We sang this song at almost all school programs during my elementary through two years of high school attendance at all-Black schools. We would have continued singing it had schools not been desegregated when African American children were forced to attend schools outside their neighborhoods.

      I wonder if she selected Lift Every Voice and Sing as her auditioning song. If so, it was a brilliant selection.

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  4. This is so wonderful. I am so waiting on Melody and being a Detroiter, I just HAVE to have her!!!

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    1. Yes, being from Detroit, you really will need to get her, Brini.

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