Mike Joyce music critic for the Washington Post says that Michelle has "...a captivating and soul-comforting voice..." and Dave Nathan, music critic for AllAboutJazz.com remarked that "Walker possesses a set of strong vocal chords...[and]...demonstrates an extraordinary degree of musicality as she adds subtle alterations to melody lines, going up when one expects her to go down and other ear catching devices."
Michelle's approach to jazz has been praised as fresh, original and exciting. She hopes that what she brings to the music is inspired by everything she has ever learned about harmony. Often visualizing that the music she has heard and loved over the years, crossing all genres, sits within her like a reservoir and she uses jazz as the filter by which she dispenses each song.
Her richly deep and stirring voice has won the acclaim of broad audiences here in the US and abroad, selling CD's in over 13 countries. The Washington, DC based singer returns to New York for a rare show to promote her debut CD. Chez Suzette, home to a number of New York cities best jazz voices, welcomes Michelle back to a intimate evening of best loved standards and contemporary songs that will leave you understanding why critics have smiled.
Lee Prosser of JazzReview.com says of Michelle's Debut CD, "For a debut jazz vocals CD, SLOW DOWN is excitingly original in concept and innovative approach, and the vocals of Michelle Walker are...sensual, restrained, melodic...a voice that will attract new listeners...Every note is perfectly sounded, every emotion is perfectly visualized as well as vocalized, and her voice is very poignant."
Her usual musical companions Dave Cosby (Guitar) and Marc Blackwood (Bass) will complete the trio. In addition to making the rare trip to NYC, she can be seen regularly at some of DC's local jazz venues. Although her recording captures her seductive charm, it pales in comparison to her live performances.
Come see her first at CHEZ SUZETTE (675B 9TH AVE. in Midtown) on Saturday, April 26, 2003 first set at 8:30pm.
You can hear some clips and to get more information at Michelle's Web Site.