Ever since coming in second place on “The Voice” earlier in the spring, Michelle Chamuel has obviously been very busy. Rather than having to deal with the stress and the collaborative clashes that come with a major label, she has been able to concentrate on her music and prepare a release that is not only independent, but composed entirely by her. Heck, she’s even choosing to use the same stage name in The Reverb Junkie that she had before the show.
In a post on Facebook, Chamuel announced that on September 10, she will release “All I Want,” an album made up entirely of songs where every word and every note was created by her. That’s a pretty impressive endeavor, and she also explains the process on which she made it and formed her own backup band in the process:
“For this album, I wrote and recorded full songs, then went back and selected my favorite parts – significant words/notes/syllables/etc – and left only those parts. I got to use my voice as an instrument and play with the different sounds it can make. I wrote melodies on bass, piano, strings, synthesizer, guitar, organ, and glockenspiel. I acted like my own choir. I programmed drums to get you to nod your head where the music makes me feel like nodding my head. I kept writing and re-arranging, adding and taking away, until it sounded just how I wanted it to.”
This disc is actually coming up before albums by either of the past two champions of “The Voice” in Danielle Bradbery and Cassadee Pope, and the idea sounds interesting and unlike anything that we’ve heard lately.
The new season of “The Voice” premieres on Monday, September 23, and here’s to hoping that Michelle is invited back at some point to perform.
Photo: Michelle Chamuel