THE SINGING BEE/HOST

Melissa Peterman

Melissa Peterman returns as host on CMT's The Singing Bee for her fourth season.

Peterman is a familiar face for CMT viewers, with her starring role in the network's first scripted series, Working Class, and appearances on the 2010 CMT Music Awards Red Carpet, CMT's Comedy Stage and her first televised comedy special, Melissa Peterman: Am I the Only One?

Best known for playing Barbra Jean on the hit series Reba, Peterman made her feature film debut in the 1996 Coen Brothers Oscar-winning film Fargo as Hooker #2 and has appeared in many television shows, including Surviving Suburbia, Rita Rocks and Just Shoot Me. She has also done voiceovers for The Pitts and American Dad. Peterman starred in the independent comedy feature Dirty Politics and in Dusty Peacock, an online series created for Crackle.com, Sony Pictures Entertainment's online video network.

In 2010, Peterman signed to Big Machine Records and toured with Reba McEntire, George Strait and Lee Ann Womack. She has also hosted The Sound of Music Sing-a-Long at the Hollywood Bowl. Fans will soon be able to see her starring in the new ABC Family comedy Baby Daddy.

Originally from Minneapolis, Peterman graduated from Minnesota State University with a theater major and was cast in a production of Tony and Tina's Wedding, where she did over 600 performances. Peterman perfected her comedy skills at the Brave New Workshop improvisational theater as well as the Chicago Improv Festival and the Big Stink Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas. She is committed to many charities, including Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night, Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross and the nonprofit Buzzworks Theatre Company. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

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