Michelle Albano

Michelle Albano

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Biography

The usual first impression of Michelle can be summed up into four words – "Little girl, big voice."

Michelle Albano's music is a reflection of her personality – sometimes soft and sweet, sometimes sharp and dry humored, usually soulful, a contradiction of both pure strength and thoughtful indecision. Her words are her own and she instinctively chooses her melodies and rhythms to wrap around them. At the core of each of her songs is her deeply powerful voice.

Classically trained on piano since the age of 5, Michelle began to write her own songs at age 15 and received many awards and accolades as a young performer. Immediately following high school and already making a name for herself, being featured in local papers and on radio shows, Michelle moved to New York City to attend NYU. Throughout those 4 years of school, she put together a band, continued to write new songs and play shows around New York, and took time to develop as an artist. In 2002, Michelle graduated with a degree in music education.

In early 2004, armed with a fierce determination, a diverse collection of 11 self-penned songs, and the residuals checks she earned from singing the theme song to a Fox 5 Saturday morning cartoon, Michelle set out to record her first full-length record.

"Recording an album as an independent artist has been a huge challenge," she admits. "The best part of doing it on your own is that there's no one to tell you what to do. You have full creative freedom to try whatever you want, and you learn and grow so much from the process as you go along." The worst part? "There's no one to tell you what to do...which is a bit overwhelming when you realize that it's up to you to make sure all the pieces fit together."

Brought up listening to the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Tom Waits, Carole King, and Billy Joel, Michelle has developed a style all her own – a unique blend of r&b/pop/rock infused with soulful vocals, hooky melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics. "I did a lot of listening to other records while working on mine, and what I noticed on many of the older recordings that I've loved for years is that the instrumentation is built around the songs, rather than the other way around. It's amazing how a song with just one voice and just one instrument can be so much more powerful than a big giant track without a solid structure underneath it. That's what I strived for when creating my material for this record – I wanted to write songs that would still be songs even if they were stripped down to just piano and vocal."

Now at age 24 and on the heels of her debut release, Michelle is poised for 2005 to be a breakthrough year. Look out for Michelle's debut album, "Second Guesses," to be released February 12th, 2005.

Lyrics

WRONG

Written By: Michelle Albano

You were the one with all the sunshine
Always could shake a little rain
Something is different baby this time
Are you OK

Oh, baby – Please tell me what I’m doing wrong
Nothing makes you happy anymore
And lately – I don’t know what is going on
Nothing that I’m trying helps at all

You were the one with all the good times
Black and white candid picture fame
Why do you do this
You’re the worst I’ve seen in days
Are you OK

Oh, baby – Please tell me what I’m doing wrong
Nothing makes you happy anymore
And lately – I don’t know what is going on
Nothing that I’m trying helps at all

Why can’t you help yourself
Why can’t you just help yourself
You seem like someone else

Oh, baby – Please tell me what I’m doing wrong
Nothing makes you happy anymore
And lately – I don’t know what is going on
Nothing that I’m trying helps at all

ENOUGH

Written By: Michelle Albano

I can be your light
I can be your friend
I can make you the happiest that you've ever been
I can be your strength
I can guarantee
I can give you everything that you'll ever need

Baby if I can't give you enough
Tell me who could do much better
I give all of my love
To you every minute, everyday
Baby if I can't give you enough
Tell me who could do much better than me

And I’ll hold you up
When you feel let down
You can step on my shoulders
To keep your head above ground

Around your finger
Or on your knees
I can drift behind you
Or you can follow my lead

Baby if I can't give you enough
Tell me who could do much better
I give all of my love
To you every minute, everyday
Baby if I can't give you enough
Tell me who could do much better than me

Take your time
Making up your mind
This is just your life

Baby if I can't give you enough
Tell me who could do much better
I give all of my love
Baby if I can't give you enough
Tell me who could do much better than me

Baby if I, Baby if I
Baby if I can’t give you enough
Tell me who could do much better than me

YOUR IMAGINATION

Written By: Michelle Albano

My philosophy
Is go with what you feel
Otherwise you might miss
The one love that is real
Cause when you're poking around
And you're trying to find holes in what I said

Well that's what I call a waste of time
That's what I can't get behind

You’re trying to put the pieces together
Dreaming up things that never would be
And it's all in your head
And you're out of your mind
Of all the things to come between
Don't let your imagination
Push you away from me

So enlighten me
Where's your mind been going to
Cause every word I say
Is nothing but the truth
And when you're down on the ground
And you're looking to find a single clue

Well that's what I call a waste of time
That's what I can't behind

You're trying to put the pieces together
Dreaming up things that never would be
And it's all in your head
And you're out of your mind
Of all the things to come between
Don't let your imagination
Push you away from me

PAINTING BY NUMBERS

Written By: Michelle Albano


So much to feel but so hard to explain
Twenty-six letters to re-arrange
Painting by numbers
Stay in the lines
Making it easy

Think inside boxes and sing in straight tones
Doing your best not to make it your own
Painting by numbers
Stay in the lines
Far from a one-of-a-kind

Water it down
And change it around
All the more reason to fight
Stating your case
That perfect mistakes
Somehow just seem right

Reaching beyond what’s already laid out
Sixty-four colors they told me about
Painting by numbers
Stay in the lines
Yours will be just like mine

Painting by numbers
Do what they say
Won’t make your masterpiece
Won’t make a masterpiece that way

RIGHT ON TIME

Written By: Michelle Albano

RIGHT ON TIME

Not a moment too late
Not a minute too soon
Playing cards with the sun
And thumb wrestling the moon
Anything to keep it moving
Pass the time by
Check my watch, hold my breath
Bat my eyes twice and sigh

Just when I was losing faith
And it seemed you'd never come

I've been waiting for so long
For something so right
And it's better than I ever imagined
And you're right on time
You're right on time

Not a moment to waste
Not a second to spare
Got a pair of glass slippers
And a smile to wear
Just when my shot
Had been looking so long
One in a million
What are my odds

Just when I was losing faith
And it seemed you'd never come

I've been waiting for so long
For something so right
And it's better than I ever imagined
And you're right on time
You're right on time

REASON

Written By: Michelle Albano

REASON

You better run, you better hide
You better come down before you feel inside
You better go, fast as you can
You better know what you’re doing
You better understand
Cause they’re coming for you
Yeah they’re catching up to you

If you need a reason to be happy
If you need a reason to be kind
And if you need a reason to love me nevermind
Nevermind

You never give up, you never quit
But first you ask yourself, how do I benefit
So say what you say, do what you can
You better know what you’re doing
You better be a man
Cause they’re coming for you
Yeah they’re catching up to you

If you need a reason to be happy
If you need a reason to be kind
And if you need a reason to love me nevermind
Nevermind

I’ll let you put it all on me
If that would make it easy
I’ll try to help you help yourself

If you need a reason to be happy
If you need a reason to be kind
And if you need a reason to love me nevermind

Discography

Michelle's debut full length album, "Second Guesses" available February 12th, 2005!

Set List

30 minutes - 2 hours

mostly originals with a few covers