Michelle Doyle’s musical journey has been a long and
interesting adventure, one that has taken her from her birthplace in a
Newfoundland fishing village to stages around the world, with a
lifetimes’ worth of songs and experiences picked up along the way.
Now, as an artist, she has arrived at an important station with the
release of her self-titled debut album.
“Over the years I have experimented with many different styles
of music,” she explains. “I’ve sung and played jazz,
rock, classical music and worked extensively in musical theatre. I
wanted to include pieces of everything I have learned on this
Michelle has a unique instrument — a voice with all the warmth
and velvet of a cabaret chanteuse, combined with the power and range of
the trained singer. Her debut CD shows all these sides and more, a
perfect melodic photograph of the development of an artist.
Born in Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, she grew up in a very musical
family, where singing songs and playing instruments were a part of the
daily routine. After pursuing a Bachelor of Music (Voice) at Memorial
University, she completed her formal education at Sheridan College in
Oakville, Ontario, graduating from the Musical Theatre Performance
Unlike many classically trained singers, Michelle never
stopped performing in a variety of venues, with musicians of all
stripes. She has sung classic ballads in many a jazz club, belted out
rock songs in front of bands, carried the spotlight as a lead singer in
modern-day big bands, and danced and sang in Broadway-style musicals
like ‘The Beggar’s Opera’ and ‘Suds’. When
she decided to record her debut album, Michelle drew from each of these
On ‘Dark River’ she re-invents fellow-Newfoundlander Ron
Hynes’ country ballad as a shimmering torch song. ‘Sunshine
Land’ a tune she co-wrote, is a bright ray of summery pop. Her
reading of Elvis Costello’s ‘Baby Plays Around’ strips
the lyric down to its essential emotional foundation, while her duet
with rocker Cory Tetford on ‘The Way That You Wanted Me’
highlights her ability to take any song and make it her own.
One of her favourite cuts on the CD is a tribute to Mary Chapin
Carpenter, one of the female vocalists Michelle admires the most.
“I am attracted to songs that tell a story, a story that I can
relate to in some way,” she says. “Mary Chapin
Carpenter’s ‘This Shirt’ was on the top of the list, a
lyric that speaks to me on many different levels.”
Michelle Doyle was recorded at the Great Big Studio in St.
John’s. It was produced by her older brother, Great Big Sea singer
Alan Doyle. Musical accompaniment was provided by many of
Michelle’s friends from both the Toronto and Atlantic Canadian
music scenes, including pianist/bassist Keith Power, drummer Kris
MacFarlane, guitarist Cory Tetford, and trumpeter Pat Boyle, as well as
many other friends and collaborators.
You can purchase a copy of Michelle’s CD
“Michelle Doyle” online at atlanticcanadianmusic.com.
Michele is also currently starring as “Rizzo” in GREASE!
November 18, 2004 — February 14, 2005 Stagewest, Calgary, Alberta