It’s been said that… “To truly become the best – you must constantly strive to surpass yourself.”
Michala Todd would concur with that statement, as evidenced by the fact that she is in the process of building a career in the performing arts that would adhere to this code.
To this point, she has worked with an impressive list of industry mainstays, in order to launch her career effectively from the outset. These names would include the likes of:
Howie Rosen – U.S. Radio Promotion; Cameron Tilbury – International Radio and Publicity;
Sam DeAngelis - Canadian Radio Promotion; Paula Danylevich – Canadian Publicity;
Michael van de Velde – Web Design and Marketing; Michael Lee – Production/Composition
…all under the watchful eye of Nashville based Crystal Teardrop Management.
Her 2011 debut EP “Millions of Pieces” turned a lot of heads – saturating the North American airwaves with a fresh sounding energy and adolescent maturity not commonly heard. The single “Make It Work” was released internationally with a supporting video, while “House of Glass” was released domestically in her native land of Canada. Michala co-wrote five out of six of the songs, and cut her compositional teeth in the process. Since then, she’s been writing consistently with a variety of co-writers, enjoying the process as much as the end results.
“I am growing as a songwriter and my new material reflects this. I’m going a little edgier. It’s still pop, it’s still the kind of music I am known for, but I am experimenting, both lyrically and musically,” states the tender nineteen year old. Her upcoming single “Trance”, would reflect those sentiments. It’s a song that’s certain to be destined for the radio driven dance floor, as a pulsing rhythm section marries itself to hypnotic lyrics, that will send the listener into – well…you get the picture.
Along the way, this multifaceted artist has demonstrated considerable talent on the musical theatre side of the tracks, starring in a feature production that played to capacity crowds in the Toronto area. Her acting skills were well polished in the process, and she looks forward to potentially having similar opportunities down the road.
She is becoming more fluent on both the guitar and piano, seeing these instruments as her primary palette of expression as a songwriter. These two skill sets readily compliment her long term study of voice and dance, and altogether will work to enable Michala to be the consummate artist.
If there’s one thing that would rival her heart for performing, it would be captured in her heart to inspire young people to stay on the right track, make good decisions, and reach for their dreams with unbridled passion. She has been doing this for many years through an organization called D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), and as recently as last summer was honored in Atlanta with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, for her steadfast support of the program, by the giving of her time and talent.
“I travel to elementary schools around the country and sing inspiring songs, talking to students about following their dreams and staying on the right path. I’ve met so many kids who have big dreams like I did when I was their age. It’s so rewarding.”
Aside from her desire to relate to students, she is also passionate about connecting with her ever-growing fan base. She’s a social media fanatic, and loves to keep her finger on the pulse of what her audience is thinking and talking about.
“With pop music, I think you can really make a unique statement. I want my music to make people smile and dance – and generally feel good all over. But I also enjoy giving them something to think about. And I intend on doing that for a very long time.”
And there’s little doubt - that with her heartfelt resolve and resounding voice, Michala Todd will be running off the lips of music fans for many years to come.
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Michala Todd, Lead Vocals, Singer/Songwriter
Michala Todd & Band is a 5 piece band, including a guitarist, bassist, keyboard player and drummer.
Single "Trance" - Released on iTunes May 9th, 2013
Single "Make It Work" - Canada Radio Release - October 11th, 2011
Single "Make It Work" - US Radio Release - August 10th, 2011
Single "Make It Work" - International Radio Release - September 23rd, 2011
Single "House of Glass" - Canada Radio Release - February 14th, 2011. Available on iTunes
EP Millions of Pieces - Released March 29th, 2011. Available through www.michalatodd.com, iTunes
Michala Todd - Trance
Michala Todd - Make It Work
Michala Todd - To Say You're Sorry
Michala Todd - House of Glass
Michala Todd - In Between
Michala Todd - Invisible
Michala Todd - The Dare
She's young, she's blonde and she's a powerful presence on stage.
XS New Artist of the Month – MICHALA TODD
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Congrats to our latest XS New Artis of the Month – Toronto, Ontario’s MICHALA TODD! We had an overw...Congrats to our latest XS New Artis of the Month – Toronto, Ontario’s MICHALA TODD!
We had an overwhelming about of support for many artists this month, totalling just under 214, 000 votes. Michala led all vote-getters with just under 90, 000 votes.
Youth Not Wasted: Songwriter Inspires Her Peers
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December 8, 2011 by Lily C. Many people complain about the youth of today. They are often descri...December 8, 2011 by Lily C.
Many people complain about the youth of today. They are often described as having a sense of entitlement that can lead to disappointment when they get to the real world. How refreshing it is to see what S.A.C. Member Michala Todd is doing in her teenage years.
Michala Todd Reveals her Identity in Millions of Pieces
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Along with the release of her debut record Millions Of Pieces, Toronto’s Michala Todd has recently g...Along with the release of her debut record Millions Of Pieces, Toronto’s Michala Todd has recently graduated from high school and celebrated her 18th birthday. Performing since the age of seven, Todd’s music is inspired by the high-school experience. Todd’s talents don’t end at singing - she also co-wrote a number of songs on her debut album and is currently honing her skills on the guitar. In a recent phone interview, I got the chance to talk to Michala about the recent success of her debut EP, how she deals with life in the spotlight and her work with the D.A.R.E. (drug abuse resistance education) program.
Full online interview:
Michala Todd made singing dream work
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MICHALA TODD HITS THE PAPERS IN A BIG WAY ACROSS CANADA!!! Canwest owned newspapers have done up ...MICHALA TODD HITS THE PAPERS IN A BIG WAY ACROSS CANADA!!!
Canwest owned newspapers have done up a feature on Michala, serving as a national introduction to the entertainment world of this fine nation.
Read all about it here, and get your FREE download of the hit single Make it Work!!
The MusicNerd Chronicles
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Michala Todd stays true to herself with debut effort. http://musicnerd.ca/2011/10/michala-todd-st...Michala Todd stays true to herself with debut effort.
Michala Todd - Onesheet
Can You Showcase When It Counts?
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Occasionally I get to see it…the finale…the end result…the ‘frosted cake’ if you will. But not very ...Occasionally I get to see it…the finale…the end result…the ‘frosted cake’ if you will. But not very often.
Most times I work for days with an artist on their set for an upcoming event or showcase; but typically I’m not able to be there for the ‘big event’ because it’s in another city or I’m working with someone else.
When I am able to see a performance soon after our sessions, it can be a little frustrating…mostly because the artist hasn’t had enough rehearsal time to get comfortable with what we worked on.
I can see progress with every artist, but there’s always still work to be done and time needed to really get comfortable with all the changes I make in our sessions.
Well, I have to tell you, recently one artist blew my mind. Seventeen-year-old Canadian, Michala Todd. She was doing pretty well in rehearsals (we only had a day and a half to work), but I wasn’t sure she had everything down. There were still things I would have liked to work on and perfect, but I thought she would be able to deliver a pretty good showcase.
What I wasn’t prepared for was to be blown away! It was as if someone flipped her ‘ON’ switch and Michala sailed through that 40 minute set with unbelievable confidence and authority. She told me she doesn’t get nervous in front of an audience, and that was evident! Even when she spoke to the audience, she sounded mature beyond her years and comfortable with the platform.
Her producers and I were exchanging ‘OMG!’ looks and I was beaming with pride. I hadn’t seen this girl in rehearsals! (Typically when someone says “I’ll bring it when there’s an audience,” I don’t believe them because there’s not much difference between the two performances.)
Well, Michala remembered everything we worked on, took it seriously, and gave a great pop performance when it really counted – in front of some heavy-hitter industry types. One label head told her producer before the show that he would only be able to stay for ‘a couple of songs,’ but then stayed for the entire set! Sounds like they’ll be taking a meeting.
Now, I’m not saying she doesn’t still have things to work on, because she does. Those of you already learning this stuff know that it’s a process and not an overnight ‘fix.’ For most of you, it will take a series of gigs and rehearsals after our sessions to really integrate these principles, and gain the confidence it takes to deliver a performance like that.
Michala happens to be a fast learner, and her laid-back personality and comfort level with the stage was what put her several steps ahead of others who are still struggling with self-confidence issues. She had also worked last year with Kevin Pauls, our Live Music Producer in Toronto, so she was well prepared coming into the sessions!
Written by: Amy Wolter
30 minute - 120 minute set.
Michala Todd Set List
Make It Work
To Say You're Sorry
House of Glass
An assortment of pop/rock and top charting covers.