Michelle Chamuel

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Michelle Chamuel
Michelle Chamuel 2014.jpg
Chamuel performing live on her "Turn It Up" tour at The Mint in 2014
Background information
Birth name Michelle Jacqueline Chamuel
Born 1986 (age 27–28)
Wellesley, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Electronic pop, pop, electronica
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar
Years active 2007–present
Labels The End, Independent
Associated acts Ella Riot / My Dear Disco, Usher, Mary Lambert
Website michellechamuel.com

Michelle Jacqueline Chamuel[1] (born 1986) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and producer from Amherst, Massachusetts. She was the runner-up on the fourth season of NBC's The Voice. From 2007 to 2011, she was the lead singer of the band Ella Riot. As a producer, she uses the artistic trade name The Reverb Junkie. Her first album as The Reverb Junkie, All I Want, was released in September 2013 and debuted at #6 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart. She released two collaborative EPs in 2014. Chamuel's next album, Face The Fire, will be released under her own name and is set for release on February 10, 2015. The album's title track was released on October 7, 2014.

Early life[edit]

Chamuel grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts.[2] She is the daughter of Joalie Davie, a doctor, and Jacques Chamuel, an electrical engineer.[3][4] Her parents came to the United States as Jewish refugees from Egypt in the 1960s.[5] Chamuel studied violin with her father since childhood, took piano lessons at age four and played violin in the Wellesley Middle School orchestra. In seventh grade she started to sequence music on a Korg Triton, sing and compose. She produced a full-length CD during her senior year. She graduated from Wellesley High School in 2004 and studied performing arts technology at the University of Michigan, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2008.[2][6]

Career[edit]

2007–11: Ella Riot and Dancethink[edit]

Chamuel performing with My Dear Disco in 2010.

From 2007 to 2011, Chamuel was the lead vocalist of the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based band Ella Riot, formerly named My Dear Disco.[6][7] In college, she collaborated with classmate and band founder Tyler Duncan, and she released a track titled "My Dear Disco" with band guitarist Robert Lux.[8] Prior to her joining the group as lead vocalist, the band was instrumental. Her addition became a turning point in the band's direction.[6] The name change to Ella Riot was inspired by the musical influence Ella Fitzgerald had on Chamuel.[9] Chamuel performed in over 250 shows including Lollapalooza, South by Southwest and NAMU music festivals. She has several releases with the band including Dancethink and Love Child. In October 2011, the band went into an indefinite hiatus.[10] In 2009, she sang the theme song for Team Starkid's mini-series Little White Lie.[11]

In an interview with AfterEllen in 2010, Chamuel spoke about being out and queer in the music industry, staying true to herself, and music artists that inspired her such as Elton John and Ani DiFranco.[12] She said "I don't think of myself as 'a lesbian musician' or a 'Jewish artist.' It's not one and alone. I think of myself as a musician."[13]

2011–12: s/he and independent work[edit]

From 2011 to 2012, Chamuel worked as an independent artist. She released an album titled s/he, an EP titled All The Pretty People and a second EP titled EP 1 in partnership with other artists. She released several singles. Except for the album s/he and the single "U and I", her other works were released under her producer moniker The Reverb Junkie. She released remix music with original lyrics and vocal compositions on SoundCloud and YouTube. She collaborated with several musicians as a featured artist. She released a cover version of the 1950 song "When The World Was Young".[14] In 2012 she co-produced an EP for musician Hana Malhas.[15]

Chamuel's work as a musician and vocalist received positive reviews and her voice was characterized as velvety, polished, soulful and controlled.[16][17] As a performer, she stated that "honesty is especially key in live performance, the goal is to be totally honest and in the moment."[10]

2013: The Voice and All I Want[edit]

After an unsuccessful audition in 2012, Chamuel returned for the fourth season of The Voice in 2013.[18] Before auditioning, she worked at the Woodstar Cafe in Northampton, Massachusetts.[19] During the blind audition, she sang a cover of Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl." Three of the four judges, Adam Levine, Shakira and Usher, turned their chairs. She chose to be part of "Team Usher."[20]

She won the battle round with a cover of David Guetta's "Titanium" and won the knockout round with a performance of Pink's "Raise Your Glass".[21][22] In the live performances on May 6, she sang Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors".[23] Over the next four live performances, she was voted into the Top 5.[24] Chamuel's rendition of "Just Give Me a Reason" was called a killer performance by Pink's official website.[25] Her performance of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" received an enthusiastic approval from Swift and prompted Rolling Stone to note that Chamuel can tackle pretty much any genre.[26][27] The song peaked at #4 on the iTunes Chart.[28] Following her performances on June 10, she advanced to the Top 3.[29] In the final round of competition, she sang Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble," Annie Lennox's "Why," and U2's "One" in a duet with Usher.[30] Studio versions of "Why" and "One" peaked at #3 and #8 on the iTunes Chart.[31] In the season finale, Chamuel and Ryan Tedder performed "Counting Stars". She came in second place.[20] A compilation album of Chamuel's performances was released on June 19, 2013.[32]

Chamuel released her solo album All I Want on September 10, 2013. The album was entirely self-produced and released under her producer moniker The Reverb Junkie. She wrote, "I got to create the sounds, concepts, and artwork. I recorded it, mix it, chopped it up, added layers, and cut away the extra – until it sounded just like I wanted."[33] She called it her "solo electronic project" and said the sound on the album is quite different than her sound as Michelle Chamuel on The Voice.[34][35] The album peaked at #6 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart.[36]

In an interview following the album's release, Chamuel said her studio work as The Reverb Junkie focuses on creative sound works, whereas the work released under her own name has more of a pop focus.[37] In September, Chamuel spoke at a fundraiser for "Voices from Inside", an organization dedicated to empowering women.[38][39] In October, she spoke at a TEDx gathering about the role of music in shaping one's sense of place and home.[40]

Chamuel released a single titled "Go Down Singing" on November 19, 2013. According to Chamuel, the song is about the potential in each person to shine.[41] In December she performed the song on season 5 of The Voice and on NBC's The Today Show.[42][43] The song peaked at #22 on the iTunes Chart.[44] On December 31, she performed at the New Year's Eve Party in downtown Ann Arbor alongside former Ella Riot bandmates.[45]

2014: The Drift, EP 2, and Face The Fire[edit]

On January 7, 2014, Chamuel and producer Arjun Singh released an EP titled The Drift. The EP features a vocal performance by hip hop artist Isaac Castor and reached #2 on the iTunes Electronic albums chart.[46][47] She released a song on Valentine's Day titled "Made For Me".[48] The song was written and recorded in the four days leading to Valentine's Day.[49] Chamuel released an EP, titled EP 2, on April 15, 2014.[50] This was her second EP in partnership with Los Angeles-based producer David Gonzalez. The release was under the duo's producer monikers Odd Year & The Reverb Junkie.[51] In May to August, she performed several shows in New York City, Houston, Michigan and Ireland.[52]

Chamuel announced that her new album Face The Fire will be released on February 10, 2015.[53][54] The album's title track was released on October 7, 2014.[55] The song is about "going after what you burn for."[56] The album's second single, "Lottery", premiered on Billboard on December 1, 2014.[57] Co-writers on the album are Theo Katzman and Tyler Duncan, and recording musicians are Vulfpeck and Mike Shea.[57][58] Chamuel also released the album version of "Made For Me" as a free download on her Bandcamp page.[59] Chamuel showcased songs from the album during her Turn It Up Tour.[60]

Tours[edit]

  • Turn It Up Tour (2014)[61]

Discography[edit]

Released as: The Reverb Junkie–1, Michelle Chamuel–2, s/he–3.

Remixes[edit]

Title (selected works) Original artist Original title
Good to Wait It Out[64] Imogen Heap Wait It Out
Part of the Plan[65] Hans Zimmer, Rodrigo y Gabriela Angelica
All I Think of is Love[64] OT Madeon Shuriken
Prayer for Tears[66] The Olllam Prayer for Tears
Cry! Baby! Cry![65] Bibio Cry! Baby!
Can't Stop This Feeling[65] Adele Turning Tables
Dusty Trail[66] Jenny Lewis The Next Messiah
OT – denotes track by original artist, lyrics and vocals by Chamuel

Collaborations[edit]

Title (selected works) Collaborating artist Collaboration title / album
Will We Meet Again[66] OT Jimmy Tamborello (DNTEL) Will We Meet Again – Ojai[67]
Bear[64] OT Jimmy Tamborello (DNTEL) Bear
New Slang Robert Lux Robert Lux and The Reverb Junkie
Sun Machine[66] OT Drop Out Orchestra It Will Never Be The Same Again
The Long Road High Rollers High Rollers feat. Michelle Chamuel
Drifting Genettic SZ Fresh Volume 2
When[68] Tony Lucca, Keith Karlson Sixthman Artist Corner
How Do We Tell Them[68] Chris Henderson, Bob Tanen Sixthman Artist Corner
Asleep[64] OT Sean Michael Smith Idioteque feat. The Reverb Junkie
OT – denotes track by collaborating artist, lyrics and vocals by Chamuel

Releases from The Voice[edit]

Album Details Peak chart positions
US
[32]
US Digital
[32]
The Complete Season 4 Collection
(The Voice Performance)
57 22
Single Peak chart positions Original artist
US
[69]
US Heat
[70]
US Digital
[71]
"I Kissed a Girl" Katy Perry
"Titanium" David Guetta feat. Sia
"Raise Your Glass" Pink
"True Colors" 115 18 68 Cyndi Lauper
"Call Your Girlfriend" Robyn
"Just Give Me a Reason" 109 14 68 Pink feat. Nate Ruess
"Grenade" 102 10 52 Bruno Mars
"Somewhere Only We Know" 122 20 70 Keane
"I Knew You Were Trouble" 85 4 34 Taylor Swift
"Clarity" 123 25 Zedd feat. Foxes
"Time After Time" 106 15 60 Cyndi Lauper
"Why" 92 7 38 Annie Lennox
"One" 98 45 U2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Charts[edit]

Title Type Chart Peak position
The Reverb Junkie artist Billboard Next Big Sound[72] 10
All I Want album Billboard Heatseekers Albums[73] 15
Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums[36] 6

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