The new jazz sensation to hit America, Melody Gardot has been compared to Norah Jones for her buttery voice and soulful qualities- but what Ms. Gardot values the most is patience. Her path to celebrity involved not famous parents or sexy photos, but rather a near-fatal bike accident. With a shattered pelvis and neurological damage, Gardot’s doctors urged her to take up music as therapy. She did, and she ran with it- so to speak. The recovering girl learned to play guitar laying down, and two years later, her single “Worrisome Heart” is storming the charts and Gardot is touring the nation. It is no easy feat; the accident left Gardot hypersensitive to light and sound- not an easy combination for some one who plays on stage every night. But with patience gleaned from her new Buddhist perspective,Â Melody GardotÂ can be expected to delight fans with her delivery and her determination. Catch her in Seattle at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley this fall and at other jazz haunts around the country.