Michalangela | No Destination

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No Destination

by Michalangela

High energy, funky, and dreamy.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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“This inward fight keeps me from outward life; your truth is the prize and now I see the lies.”

This lyric in Michalangela’s (pronounced MY-kull-AN-juh-luh’s) song “Against” tells of Michal’s journey to overcome a longtime fear of imperfection and the inevitable judgments of others in order to write an album of her own original songs.

In 2006, after graduating from music school in Idaho, Michal moved to Portland where, with new friend/piano player/studio owner, Jonathan Swanson, she released her first album, “Portland Rain” (2008). As Michal performed in her own jazz combo and in multiple bands and projects, she became well-known for her versatility within the music community — while still shying away from putting her own stories on the page. Alex Milsted, a well-respected multi-instrumentalist and friend of Michal’s, approached her in 2015 about co-writing songs, and in 2017, they began performing them with a newly formed band.

As Michal’s confidence increased, she was faced with a new and jarring challenge. In August 2017, while driving home from a gig, Michal was a victim of a high-speed freeway hit-and-run accident. While she did not suffer major physical injuries, Michal found new difficulty in her singing voice, which intensified with each gig. She spent the next few months resting her voice, cancelling gigs and fearing what she may have permanently lost. With the help of a Laryngologist & Voice Rehabilitation Specialist, however, Michal’s recovery is now complete. Her song “Un-Mute Me” describes this season and the desperation she felt during this time. One can’t help but listen to the song and new album without feeling gratitude that Michalangela is indeed un-muted.

Over her 17-year musical career, Michalangela has worked alongside countless numbers of the NW’s best musicians such as Farnell Newton (Jill Scott/Bootsy Collins) and Saeeda Wright (Prince), becoming a staple in the thriving Portland music scene. Some performance credits include opening for Robert Glasper in 2015 and singing with Liv Warfield at the Waterfront Blues Festival in 2016. Michalangela’s long time accompanist Ben Darwish (Mike Posner, Natasha Beddingfield) said of her, "Michalangela is one of the most musical vocalists I’ve worked with. Her control and phrasing is second to none.”

After the successful funding of her September 2018 Kickstarter campaign, Michalangela headed to the studio to complete the soon-to-be released album, “As I See It.” The album is a collection of original music written by Michalangela and features co-writers Alex Milsted, Trent Baarspul and Steve Swatkins. Combining elements of neo-soul, R&B, jazz and rock, “As I See It” is an unexpected journey filled with lush harmony (including creative use of a vocal harmonizer), tight grooves, rhythmic complexity, and honest songwriting.

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