Rod Stewart famously sang about blondes having more fun, and Michele certainly has her audiences smiling. While her songwriting style reflects both late-seventies Punk and early-eighties New Wave, her primary influence is life itself; her lyrics poetically conveying the everyday agonies and ecstasies of the human condition she witnessed and experienced in full,traversing the American hinterland playing out-of-the-way spit-and-sawdust dive bars slowly building up a loyal and dedicated fan base. The Seattle-based music site, www.thewigfitsallheads.com, proclaimed “Keep an eye out for this lady, she’s going places!” and Michele’s hard work and dedication has ultimately seen her reaping the rewards.
Michele, a direct descendant of the tailor to the ill-feted Czar Nicholas II, has proved herself a cut above - receiving lavish praise for each of her three solo EP releases both in US and abroad. She is currently in pre-production on her fifth solo release having written and recorded music alongside renowned guitarist and songwriter, John Ashton, of The Psychedelic Furs fame. The new music features four Pfur’s alum Duncan Kilburn, Joe McGinty and Roger Morris as well Matthew Washburn (Mastodon producer,) Frank Coleman and Fred Shreck providing the musical landscape that takes her “heart on your sleeve” lyrics and emotionally impactful vocals into the stratosphere.
Originally slated for a 2019 release, at the close of 2018 Michele unexpectedly found herself watching her best friend and mother die before her eyes, losing her to cancer. Although she shared the new music with her mom before she left, the rest of the world needed to wait as Michele pushed herself past the shock and pain of her greatest loss and finding herself unceremoniously back in her home town of Detroit, full circle. 2019 was a long and challenging year culminating in an early cancer diagnosis for the artist herself. In true form, following a major operation and no further treatment, Michele beat the odds (once again) only to wake up to a world under the spell of a global pandemic. Even with all of that, Michele remained dedicated to her new release and to the future, one which she moved back to Tampa Bay, FL to pursue. Again, full circle as she resides, once again, in the place where it all began after living and performing in major artistic hubs across the US. As the world comes back to life, Michele has done the same, as she gets back to live performances and the release of New Page, a hard-won and a beat-the-odds personal and professional achievement of epic proportions.
in 2005 Indie-Music.com proclaimed her debut album 85th and Nowhere as “filling a void in today’s Top Ten, infusing it with some much needed sophistication and thoughtful song-crafting.” Such heady praise is wholly merited as Michele is imbued with a steely determination to continue forging her unique identity on an ever-changing musical landscape.
-Bio courtesy of rock music biographer Mick O'Shea.