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Michelle Anthony
Birth name Michelle Anthony
Born May 24
Kansas City, Missouri, US
Genres Rock, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar, piano, keyboard, organ, theremin
Years active 1993–present
Labels Burn and Shiver, Merctwyn Records
Associated acts Tempus Fugit, Capital 8, Stick Pony
Website michelleanthonymusic.com

Michelle Anthony is an American singer-songwriter.

Biography[edit]

Michelle Anthony was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up in Overland Park, Kansas (a suburb of Kansas City).[1] She began playing piano by ear at age three, taught by her mother, a piano teacher, and father, a classically trained pianist. She later took up bass guitar to fill a void for the rock band she played with in high school.

She moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to attend Marquette University and remained in Wisconsin after graduating. In college, Anthony aspired to be an agent, facilitating bookings and promotions for other bands.[2] At Marquette she was a member of the band Tempus Fugit.

She moved to Austin, Texas, in 2005 and to Overland Park, Missouri, in 2012.

Capital 8[edit]

Anthony was a member of the popular Milwaukee rock band Capital 8 (sometimes stylized as "C8"[3]) from 1999 to 2004. Capital 8 released two albums, Reason[4] and Payola. Anthony was featured prominently on Payola, and her performance was singled out as one of the highlights of the album.[5][6]

When Capital 8 disbanded, Anthony formed the band Stick Pony. They eventually became her supporting band when she began her solo career.[7][8]

Stand Fall Repeat[edit]

Anthony released her debut album Stand Fall Repeat in 2004.[9] It was critically acclaimed,[10] with Anthony acknowledged by Fox News to be "taking off."[11] The album was recorded over nine days in October 2003 in Chicago, Illinois.

The album was co-produced by Jay Bennett (formerly of Wilco), Anthony, and her husband, Scott.[12] Anthony was introduced to Bennett when contributing vocals to West of Rome's album Drunk Tank Decoy and recruited him to collaborate on her debut album.[13] Anthony was also featured on Bennett's album, The Beloved Enemy.[14]

In October 2004, Anthony was featured on National Public Radio's Mountain Stage in support of the album, also featuring KD Lang and Bruce Cockburn.[15]

frozenstarpalace[edit]

Anthony released her sophomore record, frozenstarpalace, in October 2006.[16][17]

Tornadoes[edit]

Anthony released her third album, Tornadoes, in August 2010. It was well received by critics.[18] During recording, the working title of the album was Songs from the Old Mill.[19]

She released the instrumental tracks from Tornadoes on her SoundCloud account in 2003.[20]

Other music[edit]

In 2003, Anthony collaborated with Afrodisiac Soundsystem on a trip hop version of the Christmas carol "The First Noel." It was featured on the album Christmas Eclectic.[21]

In 2006, Anthony contributed the song "White Lies" to the compilation album Voices and Faces Project, Vol. 1. It was a benefit album for the Voices and Faces Project, a non-profit whose purpose is to share the stories of survivors of sexual violence with the public.[22]

In 2008, Anthony contributed a cover of the R.E.M. song "You Are The Everything" for the album Undiscovered.[23]

In the winter of 2010, Anthony released the holiday-themed single "Snow."[24]

In 2011, Anthony contributed piano and vocals to The Silos album Florizona.[25]

Anthony also released a demo track in 2011 entitled "Love-Love-Love" for free download on her SoundCloud page.[26]

In 2013, Anthony revealed two previously unreleased tracks from the frozenstarpalace sessions for free download on her SoundCloud page: "Let It Rest" and "Sorry."[27]

Anthony was featured on the 2014 Woolridge Brothers cover album Cover Up. She covered their song "Unbelievable Truth."[28] She later released a stripped-down version of the song on her blog to illustrate the recording process of the song.[29]

Featured in[edit]

Anthony's music is featured in the movie Black Cloud as well as in the television programs The Wonderfalls, Roswell, Pimp My Ride, and Making the Band.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Anthony is married to her musical collaborator, Scott Anthony. They met at a party in Kansas City and discovered that they had similar musical tastes and both wanted to start bands.[31] They have two children.[32]

During her first pregnancy, Anthony was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome, which was life-threatening. She credits the ordeal and recovery for giving her clarity and gratitude, which were expressed in part on her Tornadoes album.[33]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Stand Fall Repeat
  • Release date: August 10, 2004
  • Label: Burn and Shiver
  • Formats: CD, MP3
frozenstarpalace
  • Release date: October 3, 2006
  • Label: Merctwyn Records
  • Formats: CD, MP3
Tornadoes
  • Release date: August 21, 2010
  • Label: Merctwyn Records
  • Formats: CD, MP3

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details
Christmas Eclectic
  • Song: "The First Noel" (with Afrodisiac Soundsystem)
  • Release date: 2003
  • Label: Burn and Shiver
  • Formats: CD
Voices and Faces Project, Vol. 1
  • Song: "White Lies"
  • Release date: October 31, 2006
  • Label: Voices & Faces Project
  • Formats: CD, music download
Undiscovered
  • Song: "You Are The Everything" (R.E.M. cover)
  • Release date: August 19, 2008
  • Label: Media Creature Music
  • Formats: CD, music download
Cover Up
  • Song: "Unbelievable Truth" (Wooldridge Brothers cover)
  • Release date: July 11, 2014
  • Label: Wooldridge Brothers
  • Formats: CD, music download

Non-Album singles[edit]

Title Album details
"Snow"
  • Release date: October 7, 2010
  • Label: Merctwyn
  • Formats: music download
"Love-Love-Love"
  • Release date: September 21, 2011
  • Label: Unreleased
  • Formats: music download
"Let It Rest"
  • Release date: March 26, 2013
  • Label: Unreleased
  • Formats: music download
"Sorry"
  • Release date: March 26, 2013
  • Label: Unreleased
  • Formats: music download

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smyers, Darryl (November 17, 2005). "Michelle Anthony Friday, November 18, at Poor David's Pub". Dallas Observer. Dallas: Dallas Observer, LP. Retrieved January 13, 2015. Kansas City native Michelle Anthony 
  2. ^ Frieman, Richie (October 31, 2010). "Michelle Anthony". Pens Eye View. Retrieved January 13, 2015. When I was in college, I knew I wanted to do something related to music, although at that time, I thought I wanted to become an agent. I spend countless hours doing booking and production in college. I played in college bands on the side but I never had interest in making it a career. I'm not really sure why I didn't put it together sooner. I'd been playing piano since age 3 and in bands from the time I was in high school. But, it wasn't until after college that I was in a band with good enough writers and mentors to learn how to really craft a good song. I also had a lot of stage anxieties that I had to work through. Once I started writing and playing more, the songs got better and a career was born. 
  3. ^ Gilbertson, Jon (September 2004). "Michelle Anthony Sing out!". archives.nodepression.com. No Depression. Retrieved January 13, 2015. Yet as she got older and started playing in bands – most notably the now-defunct Milwaukee jangle-pop quartet Capital 8 from 1999 until 2004 – the rest of her talents emerged almost accidentally. "There wasn't anyone to play bass in my high school band, so I took up that," Anthony says. "In Capital 8, I started out as a harmony singer until one member left the band, so I stepped in and took over her role. 
  4. ^ Shimmer, Matt. "Reviews – Capital 8". Indieville. Retrieved January 13, 2015. Capital 8 is a four-piece band (like the Beatles!) out of Milwaukee who play country-tinged alternative pop music. Payola, their second album thus far 
  5. ^ Tanzilo, Bobby (January 17, 2003). "Capital 8 antes up second disc". OnMilwaukee. Milwaukee: OnMilwaukee. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ Gilbertson, Jon (January 31, 2003). "Capital 8 Really Proud of New "Payola"". Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ Tanzilo, Bobby (November 20, 2010). "Catching up with Michelle Anthony". OnMilwaukee. Milwaukee: OnMilwaukee. Retrieved January 13, 2015. Milwaukee first met Kansas City native Michelle Anthony via her band Capital 8, based here. When the band split, she started Stick Pony before embarking on a solo career. 
  8. ^ Tanzilo, Bobby (January 12, 2004). "Anthony does double duty with Stick Pony and Capital 8". OnMilwaukee. Milwaukee: OnMilwaukee. Retrieved January 13, 2015. Capital 8 singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michelle Anthony debuts her new band, Stick Pony, Fri., Jan. 16 at a 9 p.m. show at Points East Pub, 1501 N. Jackson St. Cover is $5. Actually, the group made its first stage appearance recently in Chicago, but Anthony, a Kansas City native, is now launching the band here in Milwaukee, where she's based, in advance of the release of "Stand Fall Repeat," a 12-song disc recorded in the Windy City with Jay Bennett, formerly of Wilco, and mixed in L.A. by Chris Fudurich, who recently produced Nada Surf's "Let's Go." 
  9. ^ Tanzilo, Bobby (August 18, 2004). "Anthony ready to "Stand Fall Repeat" on the national stage". OnMilwaukee. Milwaukee: OnMilwaukee. Retrieved January 13, 2015. Milwaukeeans have come to know singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michelle Anthony as the co-leader of Capital 8. But with that group now consigned to history and a solo disc ready to launch, Anthony stands alone in the spotlight. And as her new disc "Stand Fall Repeat" (Burn and Shiver Records), recorded with former Wilco member Jay Bennett, shows, she's ready to be there.  
  10. ^ Caligiuri, Jim (March 11, 2005). "SXSW Picks & Sleepers". Austin Chronicle. Austin, TX: Austin chronicle. Retrieved January 13, 2015. A protégé of Jay Bennett, Michelle Anthony's 2004 debut, Stand Fall Repeat, evoked Chrissie Hynde on an alt.country bender. 
  11. ^ Friedman, Roger (August 13, 2004). "Oscar Actress Shortage?". Fox News. Fox News. Retrieved January 13, 2015. A new pop singer, also named Michelle Anthony, is taking off right now with an album called "Stand Fall Repeat."  
  12. ^ Bobby, Tanzilio. "Anthony ready to "Stand Fall Repeat" on the national stage". OnMilwaukee.com. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ Tanzilo, Bobby (February 14, 2005). "Wilco's Bennett helps West of Rome find its sound". OnMilwaukee. OnMilwaukee. Retrieved January 13, 2015. It was during the recording of "Drunk Tank Decoy" that Anthony hooked up with Bennett, despite the fact that her disc was released earlier. Anthony had been invited down to the Illinois studio to sing on a handful of the disc's tunes, according to DeMay. 
  14. ^ Deming, Mark (October 5, 2004). "Jay Bennett – The Beloved Enemy". AllMusic. Retrieved January 13, 2015. If I Forget How to Land Michelle Anthony / Jay Bennett 
  15. ^ "Anthony appears on NPR's popular "Mountain Stage"". OnMilwaukee. OnMilwaukee. Retrieved January 13, 2015. Milwaukee's Michelle Anthony appeared on a broadcast of NPR's "Mountain Stage" music program at the end of October, alongside KD Lang, Bruce Cockburn and fado star Mariza. The performances were taped on Oct. 3 in Charleston, W.V. 
  16. ^ Gilbertson, Jon (January 2007). "Waxed – Record Review from Issue #67 Jan–Feb 2007 Michelle Anthony Frozenstarpalace". No Depression. Retrieved January 13, 2015. Her songwriting widens those spaces on Frozenstarpalace, a seven-track EP that improves upon her strong 2004 debut Stand Fall Repeat. 
  17. ^ MacNeil, Jason (October 30, 2006). "Michelle Anthony: frozenstarpalace". Pop Matters. Pop Matters. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  18. ^ Caligiuri, Jim (December 24, 2010). "music Michelle Anthony Tornadoes (Merctwyn)". Austin Chronicle. Austin Chronicle. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  19. ^ Anthony, Michelle (September 2, 2009). "Michelle Anthony was here". Blogspot. Retrieved January 13, 2015. The summer has been spent finishing up my third album, which is tentatively entitled, "Songs from the Old Mill,"  
  20. ^ "michelleanthony Tornadoes Instrumentals". SoundCloud. May 22, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Afrodisiac Soundsystem / Michelle Anthony The First Noel". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. 2003. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Voices & Faces Project Vol.1—Inspired by a desire to create change". Voices and Faces. Voices and Faces Project. Retrieved January 13, 2015. Our first benefit CD, The Voices and Faces Project, Volume One, features fantastic original tracks from Neko Case, Jessie Sykes, The New Pornographers, and Michelle Shocked, 11 other amazing indie bands and artists. Get your groove on for a good cause: 100% percent of the proceeds from the sale of this album benefit our work sharing the stories of survivors of sexual violence with the public. Listen to the Public Radio piece about the making of our Voices and Faces Project benefit CD, and the role that music can play in the fight to end sexual violence. 
  23. ^ "Undiscovered by Various Artists". CD Baby. 2008. Retrieved January 13, 2015. This compilation pays tribute to a few of the most influential singer/songwriters of our time, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Woody Guthrie, R.E.M., Elvis Costello, Aztec Camera, The Jesus and Mary Chain and John Lennon." "9. You Are the Everything Michelle Anthony 
  24. ^ Tanzilo, Bobby (November 20, 2010). "Catching up with Michelle Anthony". OnMilwaukee. OnMilwaukee. Retrieved January 13, 2015. Yes, I'm back in the saddle. I'm working on a Christmas EP and right now I have the first song, "Snow," available for a free download on my Facebook site. I hope to have five or six tunes in a month. 
  25. ^ "Florizona". The Silos website. Retrieved January 13, 2015. Michelle Anthony – Keyboards on "Coming From The Grave", "Election Day", "Gravity", "Hold You in My Arms" and "The Ring of Trees", Supporting Voice on "Teenage Prayer", Siren on "Hold You in My Arms" 
  26. ^ Anthony, Michelle (September 21, 2011). "Love-Love-Love". SoundCloud. SoundCloud. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  27. ^ Anthony, Michelle (March 23, 2013). "Sorry". SoundCloud. Retrieved January 13, 2015. We recorded this between 2005–2006. It was originally going to be included on frozenstarpalace. We are releasing it now as a single.  
  28. ^ "Cover Up by Wooldridge Brothers". Wooldridge Brothers website. Retrieved January 13, 2015. Michelle Anthony – Unbelievable Truth" "released 11 July 2014 
  29. ^ Anthony, Michelle (September 24, 2013). "Evolution of a song. Or well, evolution of this particular song, "Unbelievable Truth"". Michelle Anthony website. Retrieved January 13, 2015. The track below is one of a few final versions. It's not mastered yet, and it's possible something could change on it. 
  30. ^ Frieman, Richie (October 31, 2010). "Michelle Anthony". Pens Eye View. Retrieved January 13, 2015. Michelle Anthony has already seen her tunes show up in bunches on popular small screens shows such as "Pimp My Ride", "Making the Band", and "Operation 17." 
  31. ^ Anthony, Scott (February 7, 2010). "Rewind, Then Repeat It". Standing By Michelle. Retrieved January 13, 2015. Michelle and I met sitting at a friend of ours kitchen table- Eileen's – during a John Hughesesque party. There was all this insanity going around us and we were bonding over our favorite bands and sharing our interest in starting a band.  
  32. ^ Caligiuri, Jim (December 24, 2010). "music Michelle Anthony Tornadoes (Merctwyn)". Austin Chronicle. Austin Chronicle. Retrieved January 13, 2015. Tornadoes, is her first in four years due to motherhood – times two – 
  33. ^ Caligiuri, Jim (December 24, 2010). "music Michelle Anthony Tornadoes (Merctwyn)". Austin Chronicle. Austin Chronicle. Retrieved January 13, 2015. the development of HELLP syndrome, a life-threatening illness she fought after her first child's birth. 

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