Michelle Newman

Michelle Newman returns to the New York music scene bringing fresh, hook-laden songs that combine a rock/pop sound with elements of soul and blues. With influences ranging from Stevie Wonder to Janis Joplin, Michelle Newman composes raw, catchy melodies that correspond with their poetic lyrics. Born in Brooklyn, raised in Jersey, Michelle eventually settled in New York City. Impacted by classic rock legends from very early on, (her parents took her to her first Pink Floyd concert at age 5), music was a constant in her life. Michelle began playing the violin at 4, the piano by 7, the saxophone by 10, and the drums by 14. But it was when she traded in her sax for her first guitar that Michelle's true passion materialized. She slowly began playing in small bars and clubs around Manhattan and was greeted with strong local acclaim. It was only when she moved to Los Angeles that she decided to take her music to the next level, constantly reworking her material and seeking a team of talented musicians to bring the songs to life. In 2004, she teamed up with co-writer/producer Tre Carn (Ice T), and together they built a solid catalog of songs. Soon after, they put together a band, The Newman Project, recorded a full length album, and played throughout the LA club scene. In 2006, however, Michelle decided to pull the plug on the band and re-record as a solo artist. She teamed up with producer Jason "J-Money" Kirk (Optimus), and together they recorded a self titled, 4 song EP. In March of 2008, Michelle returned to her beloved New York and hit the club scene immediately. In Spring 2011, Michelle plans to put out her recently comlpeted EP entitled "If." Check back in for upcoming show dates. Here's what some critics have said: "Michelle Newman has a dynamic texture to her voice. Whether Michelle is singing a straight rock tune like "Pay it Forward", or a down and dirty number like" Jack Daniels," the emotion always rings true. -- Carolyn Fox, host of the syndicated music show "KHZ Radio with Carolyn Fox." "Newman has a very troubling Joplin-ish, Joe Cocker desperation with vocals that jump right out and bite you, building and breaking like the never ending surf. . . it's very good. Ruben Macblue, Editor, Rock City News.

Dream Alchemy

Dream Alchemy is a true American tale of serendipity, grief, and friendship. Before they began working together musically Steve and Maria were great friends in high school when Steve played basketball and Maria sang the National Anthem. Soon, though, much changed. Only a couple of years after high school tragedy entered their world when Maria lost her sister. Maria left, accepted to sing for Tokyo Disney and later played Pocahontas and Belle from Beauty and the Beast on Disney Cruise Line. Steve became a high school English teacher and formed the original hard rock band, Waha Fire. Eventually, Maria came back home. She sang as a guest at some of Steve’s shows and soon the two had started writing music together. Maria decided she wanted to write a song about her sister, and one late December night, a rough outline of the song was written. The pair decided to write the song from the unique perspective of Maria’s lost sister. Several weeks later the song was recorded and the two had their first single. Months later, Maria was put into contact with a woman who lost her daughter, and was filming a documentary on eating disorders, grief, and loss. She loved the song “Awaken”. “Awaken” is featured during the rolling credits of Someday Melissa. The song is filled with the incorruptible magic of fate. The pair hopes that it will hopefully help others heal like it did them.
After “Awaken”, the pair continued to write many more songs including “Edge of the Ocean” and “Reign of Fire”. The music is a unique blend of acoustic, cello, piano and vocals. Maria’s classical trained siren-like voice is an unorthodox yet warm, plaintive match for Steve’s earthy timbre. The two hope to continue songwriting and playing shows together for many years.

Mojave Method

Brooklyn based female-fronted rock band. Check out their first band interview here!: http://www.oamagazine.com/#!contact/cgbd

Marcus Banks

Marcus Banks is an up and coming singer/songwriter residing in Brooklyn, NY. His music is influenced by early 90's hip-hop, soul and pop.

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Michelle Newman with Dream Alchemy, Mojave Method, Marcus Banks

Thursday, June 27 · 7:00 PM at Ella Lounge