Michelle Anne Richard

Michelle Anne Richard

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Award-winning, original bilingual roots and jazz music in French and English!

Biography

Bilingual singer/songwriter MICHELLE ANNE RICHARD is strongly influenced by her Eastern roots, originating in French-speaking Acadian New Brunswick and in Bermuda. She came to B.C. as a child and now resides in Vancouver. Encouraged to sing early on by her family, she has since absorbed many musical styles. Michelle obtained a Diploma of Contemporary Music (1999) for jazz and musical theatre studies at Vancouver Community College.

Jazz, blues, bossa nova, musical theatre, traditional French songs all meld into her music. Reflected in her sound are the strong influences of artists like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Madeleine Peyroux, and Edith Piaf. Michelle can perform an entirely French, English, or bilingual program, in a duo or larger ensemble.

Michelle’s music has resonated well with listeners here and abroad. One of her newest songs, "Toujours", made The Province's Critics' Picks list for March 15/2010.

She has received three Best Performer and People’s Choice Awards since May 2008 (Pacifique En Chanson May 2008 & 2009, and EMBERS Networking Event in October 2009). In November/2008, one of her compositions with colleague Lawrie Koyle, titled "Je pense a toi" (Thoughts of You), was selected by Music BC for promotion during their 2008 Asia Trade Mission to Japan. "Ces blues dans la nuit" (These Blues in the Night), another of her songs, is currently being distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Quickstar Productions on their compilation CD, Goin’ Back Home.

Having released a well-received, self-titled demo album in July 2008, Michelle is now planning a full album. Two of Michelle’s compositions for her upcoming album earned her the award for Best Performer at Vancouver’s Pacifique En Chanson 2009 and were aired Canada-wide by CBC Radio-Canada.

Michelle has appeared extensively in the Lower Mainlandncluding such venues as The Hyatt Regency with John Nolan, The Cellar Jazz Café, Shaw TV, Rossini’s Restaurant, Fearless Festival, Fearless TV, The Performing Arts Lodge, Festival D'Eté, Heart of the City Festival, Société Maillardville, The Zone Festival, CBC Radio-Canada Vancouver and nationwide. She represented B.C. twice at Chant’Ouest (June 2008 and 2009), an event sampling Francophone artists from all Western provinces.

Other appearances include Les Grands Lacs Du Pacifique 2009, and the Rolling Stock Prairie Theatre Tour 2008 as a singer and actor, which took her to the Globe Theatre (Regina), the Colin Jackson Studio (Winnipeg), Ragpickers Anti-Fashion Emporium (Winnipeg), the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company (Saskatoon), Northern Light Theatre (Edmonton), and Motel Theatre (Calgary). Other musical theatre productions include The Best of the DTES Musical Theatre Review (Oct 2009), La Petite Fille Aux Allumettes (June 2009), and Condemned (Feb 2008), a musical that helps raise awareness about homelessness.

“Sensitive, intelligent, with access to a great vocal range.. A great performer.” Isabelle Rousseau, Chant’Ouest 2009

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Discography

Michelle A Richard - 2008

Set List

A typical set list will include two or three of Michelle's original songs, plus some of the choicest selections from the jazz, bossa nova and blues repertoire.
Michelle can also do a full night of R&B music by artists such at Etta James and Aretha Franklin.