Melinda Hyder



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Melinda Hyder was born and raised in Elizabethton, Tennessee. She has one sister, Regina, and is proud to point out that her parents, Richard and Carol, were high school sweethearts and have been married for 44 years. Hyder began singing in church at the age of four. She trained in ballet, tap, jazz and gymnastics for 12 years. She attended classes and taught at the Watt Dance Studio in Elizabethton.

Hyder graduated with honors in music and math from Elizabethton High School. She then attended East Tennessee State University in Johnson City on a full vocal scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. While in college, she performed with the music groups 10BucsWorth, Chorale and Women's Ensemble.

After college, Hyder entertained at Six Flags over Georgia for two years. She then toured Europe while performing on a cruise ship. She also spent six years performing at Dollywood (often times with Dolly Parton). In addition, she has worked as a real estate agent, private vocal coach, dance instructor, pageant coach and model.

Hyder describes herself as vivacious, competitive and compassionate. Her hobbies include creative home decorating, collecting Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, watching CBS soap operas and jogging.

Currently single, Hyder resides in Sevierville, Tennessee, with her Pomeranian, Lexi. Her birth date is May 23, 1973.

Melinda Hyder - Favorites

Colors Blue, red, purple
Scents Vanilla, sandalwood, cinnamon
Flowers Daisy, stargazer lily
Board Games Taboo, Twister
Video Games Tetris, Frogger
Sports to Play No favorite
Sports Teams U Tennessee Volunteers
Outdoor Activities Snow skiing, water skiing, hiking, swimming, fishing
Movies Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama
Actors Sean Connery, Harrison Ford, Denzel Washington
Actresses Reese Witherspoon, Meg Ryan, Marilyn Monroe
Music All kinds
Magazines In Style, Us Weekly, In Touch
Books/Authors Sandra Brown, J.D. Ross, Catherine Coulter, Nicholas Sparks
Cereals Smart Start
Fruits Apple, pineapple, kiwi, strawberries
Snack Foods Pringles, cookie dough, pretzels
Cookies Chips Ahoy!
Candy Bars Snickers
Alcoholic Drinks Red wine
Non-Alcoholic Cheerwine

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