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“Co-written with multi-talented Steveland Swatkins back in [2012], it is high time that this track [No Destination] gets its rightful place in the limelight. The laidback, funkalicious vibe formed by the use of organic instruments, like the sleek organ and polished percussion, radiates a joyous quality to feed her soulful vocals, while the electric guitar solo adds an elated energy, making this funky blend a must-hear destination.” - Roger Jansen, Jansen’s Jamz

“…and this siren soloist shares an uplifting brew of style and spirit backed by full-bodied funk” - Billy Zeigler, Digital High Blog

“Fighting for her Voice: Moscow native rises from tragedy to share her music” - Jennifer K Bauer, Inland 360

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Contact: Michal Angela Wilson, Michalangela

Phone: 503.999.5332

Email: michalangela@gmail.com

One of Portland’s top and highly sought after soul vocalists, Michalangela, will release her long awaited Original neo-soul album on May 31st.

“As I See It”

Album release show at Jack London Review May 31st, 9:00pm

Michalangela releases her new album, titled “As I See It,” on all platforms Friday, May 31st, 2019.  The album is available to stream, download, and purchase on all digital platforms, as well as on michalangela.com.  Michalangela will be performing an album release show on Friday, May 31st, 2019 at the Jack London Revue. The Jack London Revue is located at 529 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door.  Doors open at 8:00pm, and the show starts at 9:00pm.  TICKETS: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/michalangela-album-release-featuring-amber-jack-london-revue-tickets/9219485?pl=jacklondon&REFID=clientsitewp

After releasing two singles (4/26/19 & 5/17/19) from this upcoming album, Michalangela will celebrate the release of the album with her full band, accompanied by Amber Sweeney opening up the night with her original music. 

“This inward fight keeps me from outward life; your truth is the prize and now I see the lies.” This lyric in Michalangela’s (pronounced MY-kull-AN-juh-luh’s) song “Against” tells of Michal’s journey to overcome a longtime fear of imperfection and the inevitable judgments of others in order to write an album of her own original songs. In 2006, after graduating from music school in Idaho, Michal moved to Portland where, with new friend/piano player/studio owner, Jonathan Swanson, she released her first album, “Portland Rain” (2008). As Michal performed in her own jazz combo and in multiple bands and projects, she became well-known for her versatility within the music community — while still shying away from putting her own stories on the page. Alex Milsted, a well-respected multi-instrumentalist and friend of Michal’s, approached her in 2015 about co-writing songs, and in 2017, they began performing them with a newly formed band. As Michal’s confidence increased, she was faced with a new and jarring challenge. In August 2017, while driving home from a gig, Michal was a victim of a high-speed freeway hit-and-run accident. While she did not suffer major physical injuries, Michal found new difficulty in her singing voice, which intensified with each gig. She spent the next few months resting her voice, cancelling gigs and fearing what she may have permanently lost. With the help of a Laryngologist & Voice Rehabilitation Specialist, however, Michal’s recovery is now complete. Her song “Un-Mute Me” describes this season and the desperation she felt during this time. One can’t help but listen to the song and new album without feeling gratitude that Michalangela is indeed un-muted. Over her 17-year musical career, Michalangela has worked alongside countless numbers of the NW’s best musicians such as Farnell Newton (Jill Scott/Bootsy Collins) and Saeeda Wright (Prince), becoming a staple in the thriving Portland music scene. Some performance credits include opening for Robert Glasper in 2015, singing with Liv Warfield at the Waterfront Blues Festival in 2016, and performing two of her original songs with the Portland Cello Project at their sold-out show at Revolution Hall in January of 2019. 

After the successful funding of her September 2018 Kickstarter campaign, Michalangela headed to the studio to complete the album, “As I See It.” The album is a collection of original music written by Michalangela and features co-writers Alex Milsted, Trent Baarspul and Steve Swatkins (Allen Stone). Michalangela’s band members are Alex Milsted (Saeeda Wright, Metta & Earth) on keyboards, Trent Baarspul (Reed Grimm, New Sound Underground) on guitar, JP Downer (Portland Cello Project, Farnell Newton, Elke Robitaille) on bass, and Tyrone Hendrix (Portland Cello Project, Liv Warfield, Mike Phillips, Doo Doo Funk All-Stars, Tony Furtado) on drums. 

Influenced by artists including Erykah Badu, Radiohead, Hiatus Kaiyote, Michalangela combines elements of neo-soul, R&B, jazz and rock, “As I See It” is an unexpected journey filled with lush harmony (including creative use of a vocal harmonizer), tight grooves, rhythmic complexity, and honest songwriting.

ALBUM TRACK LIST: 

  1. As I See It (releases April 26th)

  2. Against

  3. Mixed Messages

  4. Anjali

  5. Un-Mute Me

  6. No Destination (releases May 17th)

  7. Where’d I Go Wrong

  8. My Name Is Not Michelle

  9. Mediator

  10. The Same Moon

More details on Amber Sweeney available here: http://www.theambersweeney.com

BIOS

Long Bio

“This inward fight keeps me from outward life; your truth is the prize and now I see the lies.”

This lyric in Michalangela’s (pronounced MY-kull-AN-juh-luh’s) song “Against” tells of Michal’s journey to overcome a longtime fear of imperfection and the inevitable judgments of others in order to write an album of original songs.

In 2006, after graduating from music school in Idaho, Michal moved to Portland where, with new friend/piano player/studio owner, Jonathan Swanson, she released her first album, “Portland Rain” (2008). As Michal performed in her own jazz combo and in multiple bands and projects, she became well-known for her versatility within the music community — while still shying away from putting her own stories on the page. Alex Milsted, a well-respected multi-instrumentalist and friend of Michal’s, approached her in 2015 about co-writing songs, and in 2017, they began performing them with a newly formed band. 

As Michal’s confidence increased, she found herself faced with a new and jarring challenge. In August 2017, while driving home from a gig, Michal was a victim of a high-speed freeway hit-and-run accident. While she was spared major physical injuries, Michal struggled to reclaim her singing voice, which had been damaged in the accident. She spent the next few months resting her voice, cancelling gigs and fearing what she may have permanently lost. With the help of a Laryngologist & Voice Rehabilitation Specialist, however, Michal’s recovery is now complete. Her song “Un-Mute Me” describes this season and the desperation she felt. One can’t help but listen to the song and new album without feeling gratitude that Michalangela is indeed un-muted.

Over her 17-year musical career, Michalangela has worked alongside a myriad of the NW’s best musicians, including Farnell Newton (Jill Scott/Bootsy Collins) and Saeeda Wright (Prince), and in so doing has become a staple in the thriving Portland music scene. Some performance credits include opening for Robert Glasper in 2015 and singing with Liv Warfield at the Waterfront Blues Festival in 2016. Michalangela’s long-time accompanist Ben Darwish (Mike Posner, Natasha Beddingfield) said, "Michalangela is one of the most musical vocalists I’ve worked with. Her control and phrasing is second to none.”

After the successful funding of her September 2018 Kickstarter campaign, Michalangela headed to the studio to complete the soon-to-be released album, “As I See It.” The album is a collection of original music written by Michalangela and features co-writers Alex Milsted, Trent Baarspul and Steve Swatkins.  Combining elements of neo-soul, R&B, jazz and rock, “As I See It” is an unexpected journey filled with lush harmony (including creative use of a vocal harmonizer), tight grooves, rhythmic complexity, and honest songwriting. 

Michalangela, full name Michal Angela Wilson, was raised in a musical home in Moscow, Idaho, the second child of a pastor father and music teacher mother. Upon graduating high school, Michal stayed close to home to obtain her Music Education Degree at the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music, graduating with a degree in Voice in 2006. Michal moved to Portland shortly thereafter.  

Influenced by artists including Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote, Little Dragon and Emily King, Michalangela combines elements of neo-soul, R&B, jazz and rock into an intricate and accessible sound. Michalangela’s band members are Alex Milsted (Saeeda Wright, Metta & Earth) on keyboards, Trent Baarspul (Reed Grimm, New Sound Underground) on guitar, JP Downer (Portland Cello Project, Farnell Newton, Elke Robitaille) on bass, and Tyrone Hendrix (Portland Cello Project, Liv Warfield, Mike Phillips, Doo Doo Funk All-Stars, Tony Furtado) on drums.

Michalangela is a dynamic and powerful vocalist, whose emotive and engaging performances capture the attention of any audience. Because of her fluid and musical vocal style, Michalangela is backed by some of the most talented and sought-after musicians in the Northwest. 

Short Bio

“This inward fight keeps me from outward life; your truth is the prize and now I see the lies.”

This lyric in Michalangela’s (pronounced MY-kull-AN-juh-luh’s) song “Against” tells of Michal’s journey to overcome a longtime fear of imperfection and the inevitable judgments of others in order to write an album of her own original songs.

In 2006, after graduating from music school in Idaho, Michal moved to Portland where, with new friend/piano player/studio owner, Jonathan Swanson, she released her first album, “Portland Rain” (2008). As Michal performed in her own jazz combo and in multiple bands and projects, she became well-known for her versatility within the music community — while still shying away from putting her own stories on the page. Alex Milsted, a well-respected multi-instrumentalist and friend of Michal’s, approached her in 2015 about co-writing songs, and in 2017, they began performing them with a newly formed band. 

As Michal’s confidence increased, she was faced with a new and jarring challenge. In August 2017, while driving home from a gig, Michal was a victim of a high-speed freeway hit-and-run accident. While she did not suffer major physical injuries, Michal found new difficulty in her singing voice, which intensified with each gig. She spent the next few months resting her voice, cancelling gigs and fearing what she may have permanently lost. With the help of a Laryngologist & Voice Rehabilitation Specialist, however, Michal’s recovery is now complete. Her song “Un-Mute Me” describes this season and the desperation she felt during this time. One can’t help but listen to the song and new album without feeling gratitude that Michalangela is indeed un-muted.

Over her 17-year musical career, Michalangela has worked alongside countless numbers of the NW’s best musicians such as Farnell Newton (Jill Scott/Bootsy Collins) and Saeeda Wright (Prince), becoming a staple in the thriving Portland music scene. Some performance credits include opening for Robert Glasper in 2015 and singing with Liv Warfield at the Waterfront Blues Festival in 2016. Michalangela’s long time accompanist Ben Darwish (Mike Posner, Natasha Beddingfield) said of her, "Michalangela is one of the most musical vocalists I’ve worked with. Her control and phrasing is second to none.”

After the successful funding of her September 2018 Kickstarter campaign, Michalangela headed to the studio to complete the soon-to-be released album, “As I See It.” The album is a collection of original music written by Michalangela and features co-writers Alex Milsted, Trent Baarspul and Steve Swatkins.  Combining elements of neo-soul, R&B, jazz and rock, “As I See It” is an unexpected journey filled with lush harmony (including creative use of a vocal harmonizer), tight grooves, rhythmic complexity, and honest songwriting.

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