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JGP RECORDS releases the second recording of Vocalist MICHELLE WALKER titled "LOVE MISERY"
(Published: July 28, 2015)

07.28.15 | Press Release for Love Misery
For Immediate Release
PL Arts: Management, Booking & PR | paulalavitz@gmail.com

JGP RECORDS releases the second recording of Vocalist/Composer/Producer
MICHELLE WALKER
...
LOVE MISERY
...

NEW YORK (JULY 28, 2015)

Co-Produced by Michelle Walker and Pianist Toru Dodo, the CD features Joel Frahm, Ron Affif, Toru Dodo, Michael O'Brien, Miki Hirose and Willard Dyson.

"... {Walker} has a soul-comforting allure...." - The Washington Post

"...a tone like warm, burgundy silk...." - Jazz Online

"...a vocalist with extraordinary musicality...." - All About Jazz

"...riveting and passionate...." - Russian TV-1

*2007 JAZZMOBILE VOCAL COMPETITION FINALIST*

New York - On July 15, 2015, JGP RECORDS released the sophomore recording of vocalist/arranger/composer Michelle Walker titled LOVE MISERY. The CD is a collection of tunes that thematically chronicle a love affair from the first hello to the final goodbye. The first half of the CD highlights songs of passionate love. On her take of the Nat King Cole favored tune Nature Boy, it showcases Michelle's panache and talent for arranging easily recognizable tunes, breathing new life into old songs. On the track Dance with Me, the 1970's popular rock tune originally recorded by the band Orleans, Michelle has arranged a tender and passionate mix-meter ballad that she and Frahm soar expertly through. The second half of the CD is about the sorrow and misery love can bring. Stand out tracks from this half of the recording are her brilliant arrangements of the classic Billie Holiday standard Detour Ahead and Paul Simon's 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover. The recording begins with an air of childlike enthusiasm for new love. With each new song on the recording the music grows progressively darker and wiser.

It was important to Michelle to record with her working band. For over five years they have been playing not only on the New York jazz scene but have been traveling in the US and abroad. Michelle notes, "There is something to be said about playing with musicians that truly know you. We have developed a tight bond that is resoundingly evident in our live shows as well as on this recording."

Having lived in the New York City area for over 7 years after relocating from Washington, DC, Walker quickly established herself as one of the most respected singers in New York by both her vocal peers and instrumentalists for her interpretive depth and musicianship. Birdland Jazz Club hailed of Walker after her sold out debut performance at the club as "....Masterful!" Walker also performs regularly at Smoke Jazz Club, Zinc Bar, Jazz at The Kitano and The 55 Bar to name a few. Walker was a finalist in the 2007 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition and has been nominated multiple times by the Washington Area Music Association awards (WAMA) for best jazz vocalist, best recording, best jazz group as well as receiving an Indie Award for best independent vocal jazz recording for her debut Slow Down.

Michelle studied vocal performance at The University of Maryland, College Park as well as the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. Privately Michelle has studied one-on-one or in master class with jazz luminaries Mark Murphy, Betty Carter, Dena DeRose, Madeline Eastman, Nancy Marano, Benny Green, Christian McBride, Steve Davis, Jeff Clayton, Eric Reed and her mentor the late Pam Bricker. Mark Murphy, impressed with Michelle as a student, asked her to perform with him on tour.

Michelle has such a tender and honest sincerity in her vocal approach. Her warm and sensual voice sears straight through you, captivating you to the point that it feels near impossible to let go. There is also a uniqueness to her delivery giving her an original voice; a truly difficult thing to not only strive for but achieve in a crowded scene of vocalists seeking attentive listeners and fans. "I try to just imagine myself as the listener....asking myself what do I want to hear, learn or walk away with from this show. I like to also imagine myself giving people a very personal message and delivery tailor made for them in every song." Walker describes of her style.

In the years since transplanting herself in New York City, Walker has performed in over 1,000+ concerts in the US and over 150+ concerts throughout Europe, Russia, Israel and Far East; From the Polar North to the mountains of Mongolia, from the shores of Japan to the Mediterranean Sea. Walker has also performed at The White House for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and performed in festivals opening for Wynton Marsalis, Take 6, George Benson, Chris Botti, Rene Marie and others.

Born in Bohmholder, Germany, Walker has lived in the US since she was 3 years old. The daughter of an Army Captain and very active homemaker mother, who insisted all her children study both music and dramatic arts. "We moved around the world a lot and I think my mother was concerned we would not have many friends so she enrolled us in Community Theater where ever we moved to keep us active and social." Walker has been performing on stages since she was five years old. "On long drives across the country my mom kept song books in the car that she led us through singing to pass the hours on the road. By the time I was ten years old I think I knew well over 1,000 tunes by heart. It was second nature to me, but now musicians stare at me perplexed that I know so many songs."

She has a deep voice that has exceptional richness. Her 5 octave range and truly soulful, expressive interpretations of songs leave listeners in awe. With her unique delivery, informed arrangements and beautiful warm tone, Michelle Walker is poised well for a grand career as one of her generation's best new voices in jazz.

For more information, please visit www.MichelleWalkerJazz.co...

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*MICHELLE WALKER | UPCOMING APPEARANCES*
(More dates to come | Dates & Times are subject to change)

AUGUST 5, 2015
Blues Alley | Washington, DC | 8pm-Midnight
With Toru Dodo, Michael O'Brien and Willard Dyson

AUGUST 6, 2015
Jazz at The Kitano Hotel | New York, NY | 8pm-11:30pm
With Toru Dodo, Michael O'Brien and Willard Dyson

AUGUST 8, 2015
The 55 Bar | New York, NY | 6pm-9pm
With Jason Ennis, Greg Lewis, Michael O'Brien and Sean Dixon

AUGUST 15, 2015
The Side Door Jazz Club | Old Lyme, CT | 8pm-11:30pm
With Ron Affif, Benito Gonzalez, Michael O'Brien and E.J. Strickland

AUGUST 21, 2015
The 55 Bar | New York, NY | 10pm-2pm
With Jason Ennis, Greg Lewis, Michael O'Brien and Sean Dixon

SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
The Beehive | Boston, MA | 8pm - Midnight
With Jason Ennis, Sean Fitzpatrick, Michael O'Brien and Sean Dixon

SEPTEMBER 5, 2015
The Beat Hotel | Cambridge, MA | 8pm - Midnight
With Jason Ennis, Sean Fitzpatrick, Michael O'Brien and Sean Dixon

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
The Bop Stop | Cleveland, OH | 7pm - 10pm
With Toru Dodo and Steve Whipple

SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
Blu+ Jazz Club | Akron, OH | 7pm - 10pm
With Toru Dodo and Steve Whipple

SEPTEMBER 20, 2015
The Garden Theater | Columbus, OH | 7:30pm - 10:30pm
With Toru Dodo and Steve Whipple

SEPTEMBER 27TH - OCTOBER 3RD
European Tour

OCTOBER 4TH - 20TH 2015
Russian Federation Tour

NOVEMBER 4TH
Smoke Jazz Club | New York, NY | 7pm, 9pm and 10:30pm Sets
With Toru Dodo, Michael O'Brien and Willard Dyson

NOVEMBER 5TH
Smoke Jazz Club | New York, NY | 7pm, 9pm and 10:30pm Sets
With Toru Dodo, Michael O'Brien and Willard Dyson

FEBRUARY 19, 2016
GPAC - Performing Arts Center | Memphis, TN | 7:30pm - 10:30pm
With Toru Dodo, Michael O'Brien and Willard Dyson

FEBRUARY 20TH - 27TH 2016
Southwest U.S. Tour
With Toru Dodo, Michael O'Brien and Willard Dyson

MARCH 4th - 6th, 2016
Java Jazz Festival | Jakarta, Indonesia
With Toru Dodo, Michael O'Brien and Willard Dyson

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Paula Lavitz
PL Arts | Management, Booking & PR
PaulaLavitz@gmail.com

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MEDIA & PRESS CONTACT
PL Arts: Management, Booking & PR
Booking & General Inquiry | Paula Lavitz: PaulaLavitz@gmail.com
Press & Radio | Peter Van Noost: PVNoost@gmail.com

About JGP RECORDS: jgprecords@gmail.com
JGP RECORDS is a New York, NY based independent jazz and world music record label launched in June 2001. As a boutique label, the objective is to offer inspired improvised music by up-and-coming artists, arrangers and composers who are motivated to push music in fresh and exciting new directions. JGP RECORDS is establishing itself as an active producer of exploratory music. It is home to both established and exciting new talent.

More Information: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/michellewalker2

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