Recognized as a household name and TV personality in Turkey, Melike Konur is a judge on the nationally syndicated program "Benimle Soyle". She has also appeared on comedy show "Cok Aramizda" and Late Night with Okan Bayulgen.
Melike is a #AfroTurk singer/songwriter, musical creative, dancer and actress who was raised in what once was a wild swamp on the shores of the Potomac River in Virginia.
As one of 6 and the eldest daughter, she grew up playing in the garden, making magical potions from honeysuckles, wild onions, berries and leaves. Her approach to life is led by family, nature and the intrinsic need to maintain connection to the earth and her widespread Indigenous heritage: West African-Cherokee-Turkish.
Growing up, her home was filled with music from all of these corners of the world. As early as the age of 5, her mother would encourage Melike to choreograph dances to the lyrics of Chaka Khan and Sade.
By the age of 14, Melike was performing professionally at the Kennedy Center and traveling to study in LA with Debbie Allen. She was conservatory educated by the age of 21 at Point Park Conservatory of the Arts.
She moved to Istanbul Turkey in 2011 in pursuit of her roots, which led to an international career on stages from Paris Fashion Week to The Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, London to Prague and Shanghai recording vocals, dancing in commercials and appearing on stages before people from all walks of life as international performer.