Michelle Jacqueline Chamuel (born 1986) is an American singer, songwriter and producer. She has released several albums and EPs as a solo artist and in partnership with others. Her latest EP, Feel It, was released in August 2016. She was the lead singer of the band Ella Riot and the runner-up on season four of The Voice. Influenced by Imogen Heap and Max Martin, she is also known by her producer alias The Reverb Junkie.

Early life

Chamuel grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts.[1] Born to Jewish Egyptian-American parents Joalie Davie and Jacques Chamuel, her father played the violin and was an acoustical engineer.[2][3] She started on piano and violin at an early age. In seventh grade she started to sequence music on a synthesizer, sing and compose. She graduated from Wellesley High School and studied performing arts technology at the University of Michigan.[1]

Career

2007–12: Ella Riot and early works

In 2007 Chamuel joined the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based band Ella Riot.[4] Initially the band was instrumental, and her addition as lead vocalist became a turning point in the band's direction.[5] The band's name was in part a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald who was an inspiration to Chamuel.[6] The band toured extensively and released two definitive works, Dancethink and Love Child.[7] In October 2011 the band went into hiatus.[8]

In a 2010 interview with AfterEllen, Chamuel spoke about being out and lesbian in the music industry, staying true to herself, and artists that inspired her such as Elton John and Ani DiFranco.[3]

After Ella Riot, she moved to Amherst, Massachusetts, and worked independently. She released an album titled s/he, an EP titled All the Pretty People and an EP titled EP 1 in partnership with other artists. She released remix music with original lyrics and vocal compositions and collaborated with several musicians as a featured artist.[9] Chamuel names Max Martin and Imogen Heap as major influences. She was influenced by the vocal styles of Heap and Ella Fitzgerald and said they "opened me up to the idea that one could sing melodies like an instrument."[10]

2013: The Voice and All I Want

Chamuel took part in the fourth season of NBC's The Voice. In the blind audition she sang Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" and chose Usher as her coach.[11] In her first live performance she sang Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors".[12] Over the next four live performances she was voted into the Top 5. Her rendition of "Just Give Me a Reason" was called a killer performance by Pink's official website.[13] Her rendition of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" received an enthusiastic approval from Swift.[14] The song charted on the Billboard Hot 100.[15] In the final round she sang Annie Lennox's "Why" and U2's "One" in a duet with Usher and came in second place.[11][16]

Chamuel released All I Want in September 2013. The album debuted at number 6 on the U.S. Dance/Electronic Albums chart.[17] She called the album her "solo electronic project" and said her studio work as The Reverb Junkie focuses on creative sound works, whereas the work released under her own name has more of a pop focus.[18][19] In late 2013 she spoke at a fundraiser for "Voices from Inside", an organization dedicated to empowering women.[20] She released a single titled "Go Down Singing" and spoke at a TEDx gathering about the role of music in shaping one's sense of home.[21][22]

2014–present: Face the Fire

In January 2014 Chamuel and producer Arjun Singh released an EP titled The Drift. The EP features hip hop artist Isaac Castor.[23] She released a song on Valentine's Day titled "Made For Me" and an EP titled EP 2 in April 2014.[24] This was her second EP in partnership with producer David Gonzalez. In 2014 she performed several shows in the U.S. and Ireland, including a seventeen city U.S. tour.[25]

She released Face the Fire in February 2015.[26] She said as a teenager she was obsessed with pop hits on Top 40 radio and in this album she wanted to produce well-crafted pop music.[10] The album debuted at number 21 on the U.S. Independent Albums chart.[27] She performed an acoustic version of "Golden" on VH1's Morning Buzz show.[28]

Chamuel released an EP titled I Am in November 2015 under The Reverb Junkie moniker. She co-wrote and produced "Hang Out With You", a song by her girlfriend Mary Lambert.[29] She released an EP titled Feel It in August 2016. This was the first of several EPs being produced, each in a different style. In interviews leading to the EP's release, Chamuel spoke about her focus on all aspects of music production.[30][31]

Discography

Released as: Michelle Chamuel–1, The Reverb Junkie–2, s/he–3.

Studio albums
Extended plays
Singles
  • "My Dear Disco" (2006) 1
  • "While You're Young" (2010) 2
  • "Yesterdays" (2011) 2
  • "Castles" (2011) 2
  • "Growing Away From You" (2011) 2
  • "Deeds" (2011) 2
  • "U and I" (2012) 3
  • "Go Down Singing" (2013) 1
Soundtracks
Title Film Year Ref.
"Fallin Fallen" Getting Go, the Go Doc Project 2013 [32]
Remixes
Title (selected works) Original artist Original title Ref.
"Good to Wait It Out" Imogen Heap Wait It Out [33]
"Part of the Plan" Hans Zimmer, Rodrigo y Gabriela Angelica [34]
"All I Think of is Love" OT Madeon Shuriken [33]
"Prayer for Tears" The Olllam Prayer for Tears [35]
"Can't Stop This Feeling" Adele Turning Tables [34]
OT – denotes track by original artist, lyrics and vocals by Chamuel
Collaborations
Title (selected works) Collaborating artist Collaboration title / album Ref.
"Will We Meet Again" OT Jimmy Tamborello Will We Meet Again – Ojai [36]
"Asleep" OT Sean Michael Smith Idioteque feat. The Reverb Junkie [33]
"Sun Machine" OT Drop Out Orchestra It Will Never Be the Same Again [35]
"Drifting" Genettic SZ Fresh Volume 2
"When" Tony Lucca, Keith Karlson Sixthman Artist Corner [37]
OT – denotes track by collaborating artist, lyrics and vocals by Chamuel
Compilations
Album Released Charts
US
[38]
US Digital
[38]
The Complete Season 4 Collection
The Voice – Michelle Chamuel
2013 57 22

The Voice performances

References

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  4. ^ "Ann Arbor band Ella Riot is blazing a new trail". The Blade. August 25, 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
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  13. ^ "Watch Michelle Chamuel's Rendition of 'Just Give Me A Reason'". pinkspage.com. May 22, 2013. Archived from the original on October 29, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Taylor Swift Joins 'The Voice' as Guest Mentor". Rolling Stone. August 30, 2014. Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved September 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Michelle Chamuel: Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard Magazine. Archived from the original on November 18, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
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  17. ^ "Dance/Electronic Albums Chart - September 28, 2013". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
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  19. ^ "The Bill Newman Show - minutes 48 to 51". whmp.com. September 17, 2013. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 
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  21. ^ "Listen to 'Voice' runner-up Michelle Chamuel's new single". Entertainment Weekly. November 18, 2013. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  22. ^ "How Music Takes You Home: Michelle Chamuel at TEDxShelburneFalls". youtube.com TEDxTalks. November 28, 2013. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  23. ^ "The Drift EP combines Michigan music talents - interview". michiganradio.org. February 18, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Made For Me (crunchy v day version)". bandcamp.com. February 14, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  25. ^ Performance 2014:
  26. ^ "Michelle Chamuel Hits Milestone on 'Face the Fire' (Exclusive Album Premiere)". The Wall Street Journal - Speakeasy. February 3, 2015. Archived from the original on March 12, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Independent Albums Chart - February 28, 2015". Billboard Magazine. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Golden (Big Morning Buzz Live)". VH1.com. March 17, 2015. Archived from the original on March 21, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Mary Lambert Wants to 'Hang Out With You' and She's Bringing Puppies – video interview". Advocate. July 8, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Michelle Chamuel is more than that queer girl with glasses from 'The Voice': The Autostraddle Interview". autostraddle.com. July 21, 2016. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Michelle Chamuel talks taking control on her new 'Feel It' EP". afterellen.com. May 10, 2016. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Getting Go, the Go Doc Project – full cast & crew". IMDb. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  33. ^ a b c "SoundCloud - The Reverb Junkie". soundcloud.com. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  34. ^ a b "SoundCloud - Thick Glasses Music". soundcloud.com. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  35. ^ a b "YouTube - The Reverb Junkie". youtube.com. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  36. ^ "Interview with The Reverb Junkie". Indablog. January 26, 2011. Archived from the original on November 12, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  37. ^ "Sixthman Artist Corner – When". soundcloud.com. January 23, 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  38. ^ a b "Billboard: Michelle Chamuel – chart history 2013-07-06". Billboard magazine. July 6, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 

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