Michelle Gurevich

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Michelle Gurevich
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Background information
Also known asChinawoman
BornToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresSadcore, lo-fi
InstrumentsVocals, keyboard, guitar, synthesizer
Years active2005–present

Michelle Gurevich is a Canadian singer-songwriter, also known by her former stage name Chinawoman.[1][2][3] Her music is influenced by her Russian heritage,[4] and has been described as slowcore rock and "lo-fi pop".[5][6] Her largest fanbase is in Eastern Europe.[6][7]


Michelle Gurevich was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Russian immigrants and was raised with Russian as her first language.[4] Her father was an engineer in Soviet Leningrad and her mother a Kirov ballerina (the subject of Gurevich's "Russian Ballerina").[4][7][8] Gurevich originally wanted to become a filmmaker and worked ten years in the industry before turning to music. "I eventually tried to write a song and found it was not only cheaper but much easier to get a good result."[4][9]

Gurevich began her career recording in her bedroom.[4][7] The stage name "Chinawoman" was chosen as a spur-of-the-moment joke when Garageband prompted her for a band name.[5][10]

Michelle Gurevich has cited Alla Pugacheva, Adriano Celentano, Charles Aznavour, Yoko Ono, Francis Lai, Nino Rota, Xavier Dolan, Todor Kobakov, Jennifer Castle, and filmmaker Federico Fellini as influences on her music.[4][11]

In 2012, "Lovers are Strangers" was the theme song for the Latvian film Kolka Cool.

In 2013, "Russian Ballerina" was featured on the commercial for the Nokia Lumia 1020.

In 2014, Gurevich's song "Party Girl" and "I'll Be Your Woman" inspired the 2014 French film Party Girl.



  • 2008: "Russian Ballerina"
  • 2012: "Pure at Heart"
  • 2013: "Kiss in Taksim Square"

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Party Girl
Show Me the Face
  • Released: March 25, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD, digital download, LP
Let's Part in Style
  • Released: 24 February 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD, digital download, LP
New Decadence
  • Released: 28 September 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download, LP
Exciting Times
  • Released: 9 November 2018[12]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD, digital download, LP


  1. ^ "Six Toronto Songs We're Digging Right Now". Now. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Chinawoman NO / Michelle Gurevich YES". www.musicaradio.gr. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  3. ^ ""I may actually be writing the same song over and over" – an interview with Michelle Gurevich". www.siegessaeule.de. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Gurevich, Michelle (July 29, 2011). "Interview: Chinawoman". Stil in Berlin (Interview). Interviewed by Darryl Natale. Berlin. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Gurevich, Michelle (December 7, 2010). "Artist of the Week – Chinawoman". Public Republic (Interview). Interviewed by Yana Radilova. Archived from the original on January 12, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Stefanies (February 18, 2012). "Review: Chinawoman – For You I Want to Be Real". The Flaneur. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c Chater, Jennifer (March 22, 2012). "Chinawoman". The Moscow News. Archived from the original on May 13, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  8. ^ "Chinawoman "Party Girl"". Rolling Stone (in Russian). Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Premiere: Going Ape with Chinawoman's Video for "A Woman Is Still A Woman" – Noisey". Vice. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Wie wunderbar brennt mein Haus". Der Tagesspiegel. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  11. ^ Michelle, Gurevich (June 13, 2012). "From LA to Berlin: Chinawoman" (Interview). Interviewed by Nadia Says. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  12. ^ http://michellegurevich.com/albums/exciting-times/