"it is impossible not to be moved by this performer...with her lush, sultry & robust voice, Willson can get a rise out of a stone statue."
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I'm a very fortunate cookie to have been able to perform at Scullers, one of the world's premier jazz rooms.
The May 2, 2013 show was recorded and will be released as a live album, "Fortune Cookie".
Making a new record has been a goal of mine for quite some time.
I'm going to need assistance to make this recording a reality - there's no record company financing this - it's just you and me.
You've always been there for me and now more than ever, I need your support!
Please give whatever you feel comfortable with to "The Fortune Cookie Fund" - there's a PayPal link on my website to make it simple, safe and easy for you to do so.
No contribution is too small - $1 - $10 - $100 - $1000 - every single dollar helps to raise the $8,000 needed to complete "Fortune Cookie".
A big thank you to those of you who have already contributed.
If you'd like more information about the specific costs, I have an itemized cost breakdown - I'd be happy to share it with you, just ask.
Please give what you're able to and please let others know about this project.
Thank you in advance for your support. I can't wait to be able to share this new recording with you.
Known to blues lovers the around the world as "Evil Gal" and acknowledged by aficionados of Jazz and Blues as a passionate and gifted performer, bandleader and songwriter, Michelle Willson has recorded and released 4 critically acclaimed albums for Rounder/ Bullseye Records.
Before signing with Rounder, Michelle's group won a prestigious W.C. Handy award for best unsigned blues act as a result of their win at the Blues Foundation's International Blues competition and Michelle was later nominated for a (best female blues vocal) Handy alongside Etta James and Koko Taylor.
Michelle's music is regularly played on blues radio and internet programs all around the globe and her original music has been featured in the HBO series "Mind of the Married Man", as well as on the 2008 House of Blues compilation album "Essential Women in the Blues."
Michelle's performances and recordings have received rave reviews from such respected sources as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Downbeat, The Japan Times, GQ, Jazz Times and Living Blues, in addition to various other publications from many different countries.
For over 3 years, Michelle hosted 2 weekly programs, "Voices of Jazz" and "Jazz n' Blue" on one of the few remaining NPR music stations, WICN, in Worcester, MA.
Her current project: "Destination Moon - a tribute to Dinah Washington" recently debuted to a packed house at the Beehive in Boston and then sold out a repeat performance at Chan's in Woonsocket, RI.
Michelle's amazing voice, intense, engaging style, her vast knowledge of and passion for Jazz and Rhythm & Blues music combined with the rock solid support provided by her talented and tight backup band add up to a unique and unforgettable show!