Michelle Lambert

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Michelle Lambert
Michelle Lambert
Lambert in July 2016
Background information
Birth name Michelle Marie Lambert
Born (1985-05-02) May 2, 1985 (age 33)
Covelo, California, US
Origin San Francisco Bay Area, California, US
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer-songwriter
  • violinist
Instruments
  • Violin
  • Vocals
  • Piano
Years active 2015–present
Website michellelambert.com

Michelle Lambert (born May 2, 1985) is an American singer-songwriter[1] and musician, born in Covelo, California and raised in the Bay Area. After a long career as a professional musician, she released her debut album Warrior in 2015. One of Lambert's highlights was the halftime performance at the NCAA finals in 2014 in front of 18,000 people at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee[2] On January 9, 2015 she made the front page of the Reporter-Herald in an article about her official music video Warrior that spotlights high school football players during a game.[3]

Early life[edit]

Michelle Lambert started studying the violin when she was 2 years old under the Suzuki Method, following the footsteps of her 4 older siblings. At the age of 12 she was already working as a professional musician in Northern California. In 2008 she moved to Boston where she attended the Berklee College of Music [4] majoring in Professional Music. Michelle moved to Nashville in 2011 [5] after graduating from Berklee, to pursue a career as a studio and stage musician. In 2015 she moved to Los Angeles, California in order to release her debut album and focus on her solo career as a pop singer.

Lambert became Catholic at the age of 12 and briefly considered a vocation to religious life at 19. According to the singer, a visit to the Salesian Sisters ended up showing her that music was her true calling.[6]

In an interview for Asia Pop 40, Lambert told Dom Lau (host of the show and former Channel V VJ and E! News Asia) that she considered a career in private aviation in her teenage years. She even got 100 hours of flight time while pursuing her pilot's license.[7]

Music career[edit]

Michelle Lambert live in Oakland 2018

Lambert worked as a professional musician since her early teen years, career that took her to San Francisco, Boston, Nashville and Los Angeles. While in Boston she was part of the Captain Wolf Band and got featured in 3 songs from their debut CD, as a singer and songwriter.[8] Lambert's participation on the album was so notable that she was even featured in the cover of the CD. Despite being a self-release, the album was well received and became a "jukebox star" being featured in over 28,000 jukebox across North America.[9]

Michelle toured with country rapper Jessta James during 2013 and part of 2014 as a violinist and backup singer.[10]

In 2014 she had her first experience performing overseas as part of Johnny Rodgers' band during their US Embassy and the US Department of State's American Music Abroad tour in Malaysia.[11][12]

She launched her first official EP Warrior in 2015 after moving to Los Angeles. That album was a turning point in her career, the moment where she decided to pursue being a solo artist. Warrior has the collaboration of Grammy winners Shannon Sanders (president of the Nashville Grammy Chapter) and Billy Hume. It also features three time Grammy nominee Kief Brown as a co-author of " Rain on You" and singing a verse in "I'm Just a Girl". In January 2016 she was elected to be the female face of SkyHigh Radio in the UK.[13] In February 2016 she gave a long interview to the Sound Profile Magazine,[14] where she explains in detail how important women empowerment (that's a recurrent theme in her songs) is for her.

The second official EP Angel was released in February 2017. The album was written, executed, recorded and produced by Lambert and her partner / guitar player Robbie Thome.[15]

In October 2017, Michelle Lambert relocated to the Bay Area in California [16][17]

Artistry[edit]

Influences[edit]

Michelle grew up in a household with 5 older siblings, 4 of them studying the violin. Being the youngest child, she was exposed to all kinds of music, from classical music to punk rock. According to an interview for a radio station in the U.K. her biggest influences are Elvis Presley and Alison Krauss. When she was 12, Lambert visited Scotland with her sister Heidi Clare (who is a professional bluegrass violin player),[18] where she studied violin at the Isle of Skye with Alasdair Fraser. She visited the Western Hebrides region where she studied Celtic music. That is still a big influence in her work.[19]

According to Lambert, Amy Winehouse and Ed Sheeran [20] became a very important influence in her solo career.[21]

Fire breathing[edit]

While working in Nashville, Lambert learned and started to use fire breathing in her live performances.[22]

Instruments[edit]

After learning how to play the violin at a very young age, Lambert studied piano and the drums. She also studied vocals and songwriting at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. [23]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Angel [24]
  • Release date: January 27, 2017
  • Label: self-released
  • Formats: CD, music download and streaming
Title Album details
Warrior [25]
  • Release date: June 12, 2015
  • Label: self-released
  • Formats: CD, music download and streaming

Singles[edit]

Title Album details
My California [26]
  • Release date: December 7, 2017
  • Label: Western Sky Music
  • Formats: music download and streaming

Singles as featured artist[edit]

Title Album details
The Hunt [27]

(Achraf Kallel Feat. Michelle Lambert)

  • Release date: April 12, 2016
  • Label: Playectra Records
  • Formats: music download and streaming

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2015 Warrior Hunter Neiblum
2015 Devil Went Down to Georgia Mark McIntosh

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vero Beach annual July 4th Family, Fun and Fireworks". July 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Tennessean Article on Michelle's performance on the NCAA finals". April 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Reporter Herald Article on Official Music Video for Warrior". January 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Michelle Lambert on Spotify". December 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Mount Shasta Herald". June 29, 2018. 
  6. ^ "North Beach festival highlights parallels between homeless, Holy Family". December 15, 2010. Archived from the original on April 24, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Dom Lau interviews Michelle Lambert". March 4, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Call of The Wolf at AllMusic". February 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Call of The Wolf on the Daily Item". August 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Atlanta Music Guide Live Review: Jessta James". January 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Johnny Rodgers' Tour – Malaysia 2014". March 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ "We're Off To See Malaysia…". February 12, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Elected Female Ambassador of SkyHigh Radio – UK". January 10, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Sound Profile Magazine Interview". February 1, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Behind The Music - Michelle Lambert on Angel". February 13, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Michelle Lambert on GooglePlay". December 19, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Michelle Lambert Interview at KMMT/KRHV-FM". July 23, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Fiddler Clare honors billionaire friend, musician Hellman". February 22, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Acid Planet Profile". December 29, 2003. 
  20. ^ "Interview with Greater Bay Area Talent Television". June 10, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Drake Bell, Michelle Lambert at The Uptown". February 26, 2018. 
  22. ^ "Atlanta and Nashville: the new face of the South". June 4, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Interview with Greater Bay Area Talent Television". June 10, 2018. 
  24. ^ "Angel ~ Release by Michelle Lambert". January 27, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Warrior ~ Release by Michelle Lambert". July 10, 2015. 
  26. ^ "My California ~ Release by Michelle Lambert". December 7, 2017. 
  27. ^ "The Hunt ~ Release by Michelle Lambert & Achraf Kallel". April 11, 2016. 

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