debut record, "Second Guesses" is available now.
trained on piano since the age of 5, Michelle has been singing "forever,"
and began writing her own songs at age 15. Not counting, of course,
her first ever original song, entitled "Nobody Knows the Words"
involving the repetition of that phrase over and over again
and the plunking of very low piano notes, in sort of a 20th century
avant garde style which was in fact penned at age 2-1/2.
has always surrounded Michelle in the basement her dad would
be listening to Zeppelin and Tom Waits, in the kitchen her mom would
sing along to Stevie Wonder. On stage by age 12 and loving it, Michelle's
passion for music guided her through her high school years, during
which time she developed her skill as a writer and performer, and
ultimately led her to New York City where she attended NYU. Throughout
her four years of college, she put together a band and continued
writing and playing shows around New York, finally graduating in
2002 with a degree in music education.
it hard to keep up with the expense of producing more than 3 or
4 tracks at a time, Michelle never was able to put her songs together
for a full album that is, until she hit the jackpot in 2004
when she sang the theme song to Winx Club, a now immensely popular
Saturday morning cartoon. With the royalties she earned from that
effort, Michelle finally had the financial support to realize her
first full length record, a diverse collection of 11 self-penned
did a lot of listening to other records while working on mine and
what I noticed on many of the older recordings that I've loved for
years is that the instrumentation is built around the songs, rather
than the other way around," Michelle muses. "It's amazing
how a song with just one voice and just one instrument can be so
much more powerful than a big track without a solid structure underneath
it. That's what I strived for when creating my material for this
record I wanted to write songs that would still be songs
even if they were stripped down to just piano and vocal."
song on the record tells a story, each one shows a piece of Michelle
from a different angle. Her music is a reflection of her personality
sometimes soft and sweet, sometimes sharp and dry humored,
usually soulful, a contradiction of both pure strength and thoughtful
indecision. You feel like you know her. Her words are her own and
she instinctively chooses her melodies and rhythms to wrap around
them. You can trust her, and you're cheering her on.
at age 24 and on the heels of her debut independent release, Michelle
is poised for 2005 to be a breakthrough year.