Michelle Newman emerges onto the LA music scene bringing fresh, hook-laden songs that combine a rock/pop sound with elements of soul and blues. With influences ranging from Stevie Wonder to Janis Joplin, Michelle Newman composes raw, catchy melodies that correspond with their poetic lyrics.
Born in Brooklyn, raised in New Jersey, Michelle eventually settled in New York City. Impacted by classic rock legends from very early on, (her parents took her to her first Pink Floyd concert at age 5), music was a constant in her life. Michelle began playing the violin at 4, the piano by 7, the saxophone by 10, and the drums by 14. But it was when she traded in her sax for her first guitar that Michelle’s true passion materialized. She slowly began playing in small bars and clubs around Manhattan and was greeted with strong local acclaim.
It was only when she moved to Los Angeles that she decided to take her music to the next level, constantly reworking her material and seeking a team of talented musicians to bring the songs to life. In 2004, she teamed up with co-writer/producer Tre Carn (Ice T), and together they built a solid catalog of songs. Soon after, they put together a band, The Newman Project, recorded a full length album, and played throughout the LA club scene.
In 2006, however, Michelle decided to pull the plug on the band and re-record as a solo artist. She teamed up with producer Jason “J-Money” Kirk (Optimus), and together they recorded a self titled, 4 song EP. Michelle is still writing and playing out acoustically but has plans to put together a new full band. Ultimately, her goal is to be on a label and touring within the next few months.
Here’s what some critics have said:
“Michelle Newman has a dynamic texture to her voice. Whether Michelle is singing a straight rock tune like “Pay it Forward”, or a down and dirty number like” Jack Daniels,” the emotion always rings true. -- Carolyn Fox, host of the syndicated music show "KHZ Radio with Carolyn Fox."
“Newman has a very troubling Joplin-ish, Joe Cocker desperation with vocals that jump right out and bite you, building and breaking like the never ending surf. . . it's very good. Ruben Macblue, Editor, Rock City News.