Michelle Willis

2018 Festival Artists
Michelle Willis

Michelle Willis

Prior to launching a solo career, British-born, Canadian-raised singer/songwriter Michelle Willis amassed an impressive résumé through a variety of collaborations and work as a session keyboardist and background singer. She graduated from Toronto’s Humber College jazz program, and began performing at weekly piano bars across the city. It wasn’t long before she expanded to become a hired gun for a variety of different acts like David Crosby, Becca Stevens, Laura Mvula, Snarky Puppy, Parachute Club and Zac Brown Band.

A choir kid, with a love of Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell and Carole King, Michelle was naturally drawn to songwriting and experimenting with vocals. Her intimate, lush, and emotionally powerful music fuses the sounds of early 70s soul, jazz, and modern folk, each song laced with a sea of voices and hymn-like harmony. Her debut full length album, See Us Through, was released on GroundUP Music / Verve in 2016.

“She’s one of my favourite singers in the world.” – That’s David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash, describing Willis’ work. And he should know, as Willis is a regular touring member in both of his bands. The two recently collaborated with Becca Stevens and Michael League (Snarky Puppy) to create a new album of original music, composed by all, due for release in Fall 2018.

For more visit:

www.michellewillis.ca

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