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Michelle Amador

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Born: September 4, 1975    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Michelle Amador is a jazz and electronic vocalist/composer, who has contributed to more than 100 original works in her career. Born in Santa Clara, CA, to Peruvian composer/pianist, Augusto A. Amador and Austrian mother Margaret Amador, she was trained in classical piano from age 6-16 and wrote her first composition at the age of 12.

She studied choral voice and acting through high school, performing in musicals and when called on, accompanying the vocal choir. She attended the University of Southern California to pursue a BFA in acting. “It’s strange. Music has always been an integral part of my life growing up, to the extent that it did not occur to me to make a career as a vocalist/composer until I began writing and performing music for theater productions: Woyzeck, Antigone, and Vinegar Tom.” says Michelle....
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“Michelle Amador is a new breed of musician…” -San Jose Mercury News

“The sophisticated soul of early jazz singers such as Etta James with the restraint of more contemporary vocalists like Cassandra Wilson, although the band may have more in common with groups like Portishead thanks to its penchant for downtempo beats.” -East Bay Express

“Silken-voiced” - SF Chronicle

As a Leader

Higher
Sick Trumpet/Inpartmaint Japan
2008
Tracks: Prayer for the Confused; Higher; He & She; Because of You (original mix); Here It Is; Who You Are; Love Everlasting; You Can Win; Madrina; In and Out; Eager of the Years.
Personnel: Various


Because of You (single w/ remixes
Sick Trumpet UK
2007
Tracks: Because of You (original mix); Because of You (Daco mix); Because of You (Yoruba Soul mix); Because of You (Astro Atjazz mix)
Personnel: Various


Michelle Amador & The True Believers
No Label Records (Self-Released)
2005
Tracks: I Still Believe; Entregar; Lesson In Self Value; Lexicon feat. Genevia Wylie; Days Pass; Problem With You; Free Will; With A Thought; Bridge Between Us
Personnel: Michelle Amador (voice & songs); Tim Bulkley (drums); Leonard Thompson (keyboard); John Shifflett (bass); Jack Tone Riordan (guitar); Dayna Sean Stephens (saxophone); Dr Lou (turntables).


Composition
No Label Records (Self-Released)
2001
Tracks: Element of Soul; Hold On; "Either You're A Player or You're Played"; It's Just A Thought (A Father's Love); Cycle, Cycle (ii, V); Sick of the Tame
Personnel: Michelle Amador (voice & songs); Tim Bulkley (drums); Leonard Thompson (piano); John Shifflett (bass); Michaele Goerlitz (percussion).

As A Guest Vocalist

Latenight Daydreaming
KARMA
Compost Records, Germany
2007
Tracks: Are We?; Home.
Personnel: Various

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