With exquisite arrangements and slick production, Michaele's "Incantation" is a sensual mix of Brazilian, R&B and electro-dance trends, seamlessly blending programmed tracks and live musicians. Included in “Incantation” are beautifully crafted original songs as well as some distinctive twists on familiar covers such as “Walk On By” and “I Hear A Symphony.” “Autumn,” an original by Michaele & co-writer, Hoshea Estrada, is an intimate journey through a fluid, textural soundscape. Soulful, smooth and elegant, Michaele's “Incantation” is a spellbinding foray into melodic jazz with a pop veneer. The mix of Brazilian-influenced music with folky overtones and intimate sultry vocals creates an intoxicating combination of textures. With lushly layered background vocals, lyrical story-lines, and most notably Michaele’s uniquely intimate voice and writing style, “Incantation” truly does succeed in casting a spell on its listeners.
REVIEW OF "INCANTATION" by Lynette Elizalde-Robinson / LMR Hot Music Reviews
May 6, 2007
Exquisite, enchanting, engaging, enveloping and engineered with sheer magic...that's what I feel about the electroacoustic, nu jazz flava of Michaele. Her voice is bewitchingly seductive and the music is timelessly haunting. Her CD "Incantation" is rightfully titled, because the spell of her sound is unforgettable and beseechingly hypnotic. Let me further expound on the talent's of Michaele's sensual style and the musical arrangements of her songs that promenade her talents and elevate her song savvy to celestial endearment: THIS woman has an angel's voice. If legendary Marion Meadows can be found blowing his delicious homage to her vocal acuity, then shame on you if you don't spend some quality time checking out her lushly lyrical gardens. Her enraptured "Slow Dance" with Meadows spellbinding sax lures every curious listener into her musical courtyard while subtle encouragement from each polished track on the CD relaxes your mood and lowers you into the warm fountain of her soul. On her MySpace page there is a treasure chest of songs to rummage through, earmarking each song as a priceless jewel but, "Here I Go" espousing the perfection of a perfect vocalist. This "lady In Waiting" asks that you not "Walk On By" but rather spend some time wandering through her seraphic selections of effulgent melody. "If You Ever" want to hear a real angel sing, then let me recommend Michaele, but don't wait til "Autumn" to visit Heaven, because the everlasting essence of her gardens are waiting for your attention and applause right now!