|Birth name||Melissa Amber Schuman|
|Genres||R&B, Pop, dance|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, dancer, actress|
|Labels||Bad Boy/Universal (1998-2003)|
|Associated acts||Dream, Lady Phoenix|
Melissa Amber Schuman is an American singer and actress. Schuman is best known for her role in the all-girl teen band Dream. Dream had two platinum hits, “He Loves U Not” and “This is Me“. Schuman has also gained some success in acting with appearances in such movies as Love Don’t Cost a Thing, The Hollow and Silent Scream. Schuman has also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has hosted TRL. In November 2010, the song “Don’t” that was supposed to be the debut single for her unreleased solo album was released on iTunes.
In 2002, after Schuman announced she was leaving Dream to focus on her acting career and a solo album she appeared in Love Don’t Cost a Thing and The Hollow, and starred in Silent Scream. She recorded a song with The Hollow costar Nick Carter called “There For Me” in 2004. Schuman had plans to release her first single “Don’t” but the single and solo album were later scrapped. As of November 16, 2010, the unreleased single “Don’t” was released to iTunes. On November 15, 2010, Schuman’s unreleased solo album Stereotyped was released to iTunes.
2008–12: Lady Phoenix
On January 28, 2008, Schuman reported that she would be forming a new music group with former Dream bandmate Ashley Poole, and would be auditioning for girls and even starring in a reality show to detail the new group’s formation. In 2012, Schuman confirmed that Lady Phoenix had disbanded following Ashley Poole’s departure from the group and the reality show was not picked up by any networks.
2015–16: Dream comeback
On May 11, 2015, the original members of Dream got together for a mini-reunion and posted a video online performing a cappella version of their 2000 single “He Loves U Not” and the video quickly went viral with over 23,000 views and gained online attention from MTV, Seventeen Magazine, Perez Hilton and other media sites. On May 29, 2015, the original members of Dream all announced they would be making a comeback and launched a Twitter and Facebook page. The Twitter page gained over 21,000 followers since its launch. On December 17, 2015, Dream recorded and released a studio recording of “O Holy Night” as a treat to fans for the holidays whilst they work on new music scheduled for 2016.
On July 8, 2016, Dream joined other Y2K bands O-Town, Ryan Cabrera and 98 Degrees on the My2K Tour performing in 39 cities across the United States. Dream also performed at The MixTape Festival at Hershey Stadium alongside Paula Abdul, New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees, O-Town and Ryan Cabrera.
On August 2, 2016, Dream released their first single together in 15 years titled “I Believe” on iTunes and Spotify.
Schuman married dancer Brandon Henschel on June 7, 2006, at the Prado at Balboa Park in San Diego, California. The couple spent their honeymoon in Hawaii. On February 19, 2010 Schuman announced, on Twitter, that she and her husband were expecting their first child, a boy. On July 18, 2010, the Henschels announced the birth of their baby boy, Elin Elijah Henschel.
On November 21, 2017, amidst a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against prominent male celebrities, Schuman claimed that she was raped by singer Nick Carter in 2002, an accusation Carter has denied. She claimed that Carter invited her to his apartment and performed oral sex before raping her when she refused to reciprocate.
- Stereotyped (2002/2010)
- It Was All a Dream (2001)
|2003||Love Don’t Cost a Thing||Zoe Parks|
|Recipe for Disaster||Shannon Devries|
|2015||Actress(es): A Web Series||Jennifer Stone|