Michelle Anthony

Michelle Anthony

 Austin, Texas, USA

An accomplished singer-songwriter, pianist and bass player, Michelle Anthony is a KC native, Milwaukee transplant and currently calls Austin, TX her home. Her debut album, ‘Stand Fall Repeat,’ was recorded with the late-great Jay Bennett (ex-Wilco) in 2004, and led to a Mountain Stage performance. She quickly followed up her debut with her second release, ‘Frozenstarpalace’, in 2006. “Tornadoes”, her third album, was released in November 2010, the first in four years after becoming a mother of t


-"You can sing me something sweetly’ is the song’s hook – and precisely what Anthony does, with lilting vocals and life-embracing lyrics.” – Holly George-Warren, MORE MAGAZINE, Editor’s Pick, Dec 2010/Jan 2011

-"Michelle Anthony’s third record dropped right on the tail end, but it is one of the best Austin albums released in 2010." Austin Music + Entertainment

-"In sharp contrast to the title of the album, her music is a discriminate, precise whirlwind that leaves a path of beauty in its wake.- Jon M. Gilbertson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

-"Time and trauma have served Anthony’s music well as she’s developed a mature pop sound that carries echoes of Aimee Mann and Sara Hickman, all lofty hooks and keen observations."
-Jim Caligiuri, Austin Chronicle

"A Texas transplant by way of Milwaukee, Anthony brings to her music as much unmannered heartland pop energy as Austin-inflected twang. Lead track “Spare Me” sounds as if Chrissie Hynde had opted to front Fleetwood Mac instead of the Pretenders...[B]ut it’s the title track that most purely exemplifies the best of Tornadoes: exquisitely turned melodic phrases that ring gracefully, forcefully but without a trace of showy pretense." - Direct Current

Press Release, TORNADOES
On September 14, 2010, accomplished singer Michelle Anthony will release her long-awaited new full-length record, ‘Tornadoes.’ “After much living, writing, recording, re-recording, mixing and mastering, the album’s complete,” Michelle Anthony says, with a giant smile, from her Austin home. For such an ominous title, the actual recording, mixing, and mastering experience was incredibly enjoyable. Anthony explains, “All the musicians, engineers and co-producers made ‘Tornadoes,’ ironically, the easiest, least-challenging recording experience of my life. Maybe it’s because I’ve let this process take four years since my last release. Maybe it’s just easier to be patient and take my sweet time. Who knows, but it worked.”

Michelle Anthony is a KC native, Milwaukee transplant and currently calls Austin, TX her home. Her debut album, ‘Stand Fall Repeat,’ was co-produced by the late-great Jay Bennett (ex-Wilco). She quickly followed up her debut with her second release, ‘Frozenstarpalace’, the album was well-received by critics and fans: “She has the unaffected delivery of her Midwestern heritage and the ability, reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan, to quietly insinuate herself into spaces between conscious thoughts,” No Depression Magazine.

On her third release, ‘Tornadoes,’ Michelle showcases a more mature and relaxed songwriting style; from the Sheryl Crow pop-anthem sounding “Vacancy” to the tasty guitar-riffing in “Black Coal Heart” to the emotional ballad and title track “Tornadoes” describing motherhood to the lovely “Spare Me,” which effortlessly blends a Prince meets Spoon vibe. The inspiration for much of the album was motherhood, but also the very scary, life-threatening illness Michelle had after her first child was born.

Michelle had pre-ecclampsia and developed HELLP syndrome which made her appreciate life in a different, more grateful way. “I wouldn’t have ever written a song like ‘Tornadoes’ or ‘Beautiful’ before this experience.” Michelle kept a positive theme throughout the making of the entire record. “It’s a ‘thankful’ record.” Four songs on the record were inspired by her son. “I wrote ‘Permanent’ for my son. I was pretty scared during the first months of his life. I was so worried I wouldn’t be here for him. I wanted to leave him something more meaningful than material things for him remember me by. I wanted him to have my voice and words, should he ever need them, so I left him a song. I’d never really focused much on writing in a positive light, probably because I thought it would sound silly or forced. On this record, I wrote more autobiographically and if I felt amazingly happy, and rather than doubt it, I just went with it.”

Digital Release Date: 9-14-10

Physical Release Date: TBA

“If you were walking into a club, Austin-based singer Michelle Anthony’s Louisville Slugger of a voice would hit you right in the ears.” – The Pitch

“An artist who can claim brilliance as part of her vocabulary.” – Entertainment News and Views (Miami)

“Blessed with a commanding voice reminiscent of Chrissie Hynde.” – Dallas Observer

Michelle’s music has been featured in the independent film Black Cloud (Rick Schroder, Eddie Spears, Tim McGraw) as well in releases of the television series “The Wonderfalls” and “Roswell.” Her songs have been heard in the MTV shows “Pimp My Ride”, “Making the Band”, and “Operation 17.” She has performed on bills with Shelby Lynne, k.d. lang, Ben Folds, Mindy Smith, Amy Rigby, Robbie Fulks, The Silos, Junior Brown, Bob Schneider and Sophie B. Hawkins. In August 2010, she signed with BenairChurchill Publishing.


Tornadoes (2010)
Frozenstarpalace (2006)
Stand Fall Repeat (2004)