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Music Michelle Kaye
Michelle Kaye is a multi-award winning recording artist, keyboardist, percussionist, film composer and singer/songwriter from Saint Paul, Minnesota. She has written music for film, radio, meditations, fashion shows, the dance floor and more.
The Akademia, out of Los Angeles, California, awarded her with ‘Best Pop/Dance Song’ in July 2015, for her song ‘Don’t Disappear.’ “Michelle Kaye's earnest dance floor oracularity is just the thing for a life-changing night out on the town - listen to her and be healed.” - The Akademia. They also awarded her 'Best Christian Ballad' for her moving song, "A Prayer Away" in 2016.
Michelle connects heart and mind to create songs that evoke emotion.
"I compose music in many genres. I have written public service announcement music, written film scores, released 7 solo CDs, I can write in many genres, including but not limited to: dance, pop, new age, classical, meditational, electronic, funk and trance. In 2015 I won 2 awards from a company based in California, called 'The Akademia." I write custom music to suit your needs."
Michelle Kaye's Compositions for Movies
From an interview featured on Marquix Global Network with Independent reporter Blake Wright
BLAKE: What was the inspiration behind your debut radio single?
MICHELLE: ‘Don’t Disappear’ is about a time in my life when I actually ‘disappeared’ from life. I had given up on my music career, was distant with friends and family, and didn’t really know what I wanted out of life. Then I got diagnosed with type 1A breast cancer and went through the treatment alone. It was a hard time in my life.
Well, I eventually got better and re-invented myself and decided to keep the faith that everything was going to be okay. I decided to let go of the fear and get out into the world. Writing this song was empowering; to be able to express what I was going through helped in the healing process as well. My wish is that other people out there struggling will feel the hope in the song too.
BLAKE: It is often said that great art arises from difficult experience. Is there something in your life experience thus far that you would describe as the ‘catalyst’ or ‘fuel’ for your desire to create music?
MICHELLE: Yes, definitely. My mother, Kaye, passed away in 2004. Before that year, I literally had not been playing my piano for the last twelve years. I decided to purchase a digital piano and started to play again. It was like therapy! All of a sudden I was creating original music out of nowhere! Losing my mom was the hardest thing I ever had to go through. I still miss her terribly, and she never knew I started to make music as my career. She was a beautiful, loving soul whom I get inspiration from on a daily basis.
BLAKE: How would you characterize yourself as a musician? (Ex. Down-to-earth, serious, fun-loving...)
MICHELLE: I think we as artists are very diverse, and it’s hard to categorize ourselves as one characteristic. I create my music from whatever mood I’m in when I go to my keyboard. So, I would characterize myself as many things: happy, positive, down-to-earth, serious—so does that make me complicated? I hope not! I think I’m more eclectic. I don’t follow trends with my wardrobe, I don’t follow trends with my songwriting and I feel comfortable going against the grain.
BLAKE: What has your experience been like working with the other people on your team?
MICHELLE: The Akademia is my team, and they are doing wonderful things for my career. They are quick to answer my questions, they’ve placed my music on the radio, and they helped get this interview. It’s been a very positive experience.
BLAKE: Did you come from a musical background? Are there other musicians in your family?
MICHELLE: Three generations of women have played piano in my family: my grandmother, my mother, and myself. I was classically trained from age 5, whereas my grandmother played by ear. I picked up on that as well—must be the genes! I’m also a percussionist, and two of my aunts played drums, as well as my mom, so, yes – it runs in the family! I feel very blessed to have been introduced to music at such a young age. My sister played the tenor saxophone in high school and was quite good!
Michelle Kaye's brother, on the other hand, she says was more of an artist rather than a musician and that he had a great eye for graphic design.