bannerMichaela Therese is singer/songwriter

MichaelaTherese_Donn_forweb1Michaela is a soul vocalist, pianist, songwriter, producer and teacher. “I don’t feel the need to be boxed into a genre,” Michaela says of her style. ”

I am heavily influenced by jazz, sure, but I am also in love with rock music and drum ‘n’ bass and hiphop.

I’ve always had a naturally soulful and bluesy vibe so because of that, no matter what music I make, I consider it soul, above all.”

But she emphasises that her “lyrics and poetry are what truly give weight” to her work, and that she is “grateful to the power of music for supporting the statements” she feels she needs to make.

Brian McKnight Love Is ft Michaela Therese (Live in Singapore)

photo 4This is especially how she feels about her new album, “My Name Is MEEKELLAH“, which was released on 30th April 2014. the album is a collection of her original music from the beginning of her career to where she is now.

The personal, soulful character of the whole album has elements of hiphop, post-rock and jazz. the first single, “Final Call” was released on iTunes and Lush99.5fm (Singapore) on February 1st. the album is a biography in itself.

Michaela was born in Singapore into a musical family, and started playing the piano at age 4. She was 13 when she and 3 close friends from her church choir won a national music competition and from then, she knew music would be her path.

Michaela Therese – Final Call (Official Video)

201446_114291648653759_108789709203953_119503_3818862_oAfter junior college, Michaela joined the hiphop collective “Urban Xchange“, which was signed to Universal Music and was the spokesband for Coca-Cola‘s “Life Tastes Good” campaign.

She also furthered her music education in Lasalle College of the Arts and graduated in 2004. by that time, she was a well-respected solo musician in the Singapore live music scene.

Michaela has played long-standing gigs at Swing Jazz Bar, Harry’s, Acid Bar, Timbre, Klee and many others.

Penitentiary Philosophy (Erykah Badu

MichaelaTherese_Lingun colouredSince then, Michaela has collaborated with Brian McKnight, Cosa Nostra, Darker Than Wax and Dream Academy, opened for José James and Carleen Anderson, successfully sold out 2 Late Nite concerts at The Esplanade Recital Studio (Singapore).

She also performed in venues in KL, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Sri Lanka and London and is an established artist at the Mosaic Music Festival as well as the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Festival.

When asked who her top influences are, she lists Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson, and her hero, Erykah Badu.

Michaela is currently based in Singapore. she now works primarily with her band L.A.B. and is working on their first EP as well as the debut release of her other musical identity, Miss Mic.

Care Enough – by L.A.B.

My Name Is MEEKELLAH Album Artwork


EP Artwork

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