Photo Gallery: Grayak & Michelle Renee Heat Up Funk N Waffles Downtown // NYS MUSIC

//  Locus:  Oakland, CA
//  Genres:  Folk Soul Rock
//  Years Active:  2009 - Present
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About Michelle



Michelle Renee is a lyricist and singer from Oakland, California. A Jewel-Florence Welch mashup, Michelle's folksy ballads are intensified by her distinct vibrato, colored by a low, rich timbre and transcendent soprano overtones. Her gentle guitar plucking will sing you a lullaby before she brings you to the dance floor to let go.

Her first album, Reflections, was recorded at SubCat Studios and produced by Aaron Walters. Reflections features heart-wrenching piano melodies and driving rhythms to create a mosaic of sound, unified in its call for higher consciousness. 

Michelle has played venues including Hotel Utah, The Lost Church, Bazaar Cafe, The Octopus Literary Salon, Funk 'N Waffles, The Lost Horizon, and Sterling Stage Music Festival. Follow her on Bandsintown to find out when she's playing again near you.

Influences: Belleruche, Lindsey Stirling, Susan Tedeschi, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Sophistafunk, Parov Stelar, Sean Hayes, Bright Eyes, Stromae, and Andrew Bird

"Haunting, layered, powerful and thick.... All you need to do is hit play to know what I'm talking about and let 'Lullaby' take you over." // Divide and Conquer Music


"... Michelle's unique, soulful, rich, almost choral vocal parts were held up by a solid rhythm section, vocal harmonies and a rock 'n' soul energy that got folks dancing.  Michelle's songs were catchy, solidly performed, and included moments of sorrowful sweetness that shut the crowd up to the degree that you could hear a pin drop." // NYS MUSIC