Sound Refuge
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Sound Refuge

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | SELF

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | SELF
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter




"The Art of Band Photography"

Publicity shot for Sound Refuge's 'Umbrellas In Winter' taken by Phrozen Photography in Vancouver. - John Tanner the Vancouver Observer

"Sound Refuge"

Often described as Cat Stevens-y, Markus performs as Sound Refuge. Check out his My Space page for samples and info!


* Markus

Markets Appearing at 2010:

* September 16th 3-5pm
- Royal City Farmers Market

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straightmusic Straight Music #FF musicians you should know: @VinceVaccaro @DanLanois @chinasyndrome @PhiloceraptorEh @elizabethband @soundrefuge - The Georgia Straight


Album "Umbrellas In Winter" -released April 2010

Played on
Dreamers radio:
90.1 CJSF radio:
Evolution 107.9:



Sound Refuge is a Vancouver, BC based performer whose shows are like a punch in the face from your psychotherapist (and likely more effective), taking you on a highly satisfying musical journey, with high energy, integrity, and originality.

Sound Refuge consists of a solo singer/songwriter, Markus “Rooster” Michelucci, who often plays with a backing band made up of Josh “Juice” Contant on drums and percussion, Robin “Springer” Hunter on lead guitar and lap steel, Tanya “Tee” Battaglia contributing backing vocals, and Jeff "Shakes" Gabert on bass—as well as making monikers for all the players. His music would fit into the rock genre, with a dash of folk thrown in for good measure—something like if David Usher, James Taylor, Placebo and Cat Stevens were to produce a love child.

Writing music is a means to express intensely personal ideas and feelings for Sound Refuge, but it is more than that. He wants people to identify with his song’s stories and images, to walk away from performances feeling that he’s expressed something of their own truth. And, above all, despite some of the darker overtones of many of his lyrics, he wants people to be left with a sense of hope.

Recently, Sound Refuge released his debut album, Umbrellas In Winter, consisting of 12 songs fleshed out with a myriad of instruments including mandolin, which has been increasingly finding its way into his music as of late. The album is available on iTunes and at live shows.

A pre-album version of his song, “Vancouver’s On Fire” was included on CBC Radio 2’s Great Canadian Song Quest, and several tracks have found their way onto internet radio stations. Meanwhile, he’s been busy playing shows to support the album, teaching guitar classes to over 70 adults and children, refining his skills as a regularly performing musician, and trying to heed the advice outlined in his song, “Just Believe”: “Don’t worry, you’ll get there eventually. Don’t worry, you’ll get there. Just believe.”