Combining unique clarity and grace with subtle emotional depth and eclectic tastes, Philadelphia-born vocalist & bandleader Michelle Lordi challenges the standard idea of a jazz singer by being direct and completely true to the lyrics and melodies she chooses- with no scatting. The sultry and intimate beauty of Michelle's voice brings to mind classic singers from the past such as Jeri Southern, Helen Merrill, June Christy, Blossom Dearie and Chet Baker, yet she is clearly not imitating anyone- her voice resonates with a distinctively modern approach.
On her breakthrough CD, Drive, Lordi takes listeners on a captivating personal journey, mining favorites from her varied repertoire of American Songbook classics and modern pop hits. Michelle's star is rising fast due to her impeccable taste in song choice and her association with jazz greats such as two time grammy nominee & Pew fellow Orrin Evans & Michael Kanan (accompanist to Jane Monheit). Be Bop legends guitarist Sonny Troy ( Frankie Avalon, Peggy Lee, Louis Prima, Blossom Dearie) and tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna (Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and Frank Sinatra) round out her band along with sought after bassist Matthew Parrish ( Al Grey, Marion McPartland, Clark Terry)
Michelle has two albums to date. "Michelle Lordi Sings", and "Drive". She is currently working on a new project with her band ( Larry McKenna, Matt Parrish, Sonny Troy) that will be available in 2016.