Michele Karmin is an alternative musical artist, songwriter, and composer from the greater Philadelphia area. Her music has been in a constant state of evolution since the release of her album Let Me Introduce Myself... Again, a project birthed from teaching herself piano in 2009. While completely recreating and redefining her sound, the record demonstrated how she honed more deeply into her craft as an artist, songwriter, music producer and vocalist. Since then Michele's noteworthy cover reinventions, husky vocals and original song writing have established her as a distinguished solo artist. Her performances have been characterized as having a constant newness and an indelible passion. During her shows Michele performs while playing both the piano and the kick drum, which has become the signature of her live performances.
Michele's interest in writing and performing began in grade school, utilizing school projects as an outlet for her creative urge. The early years of her songwriting were paramount to the future of her writing method, recording her songs acapella, and tapping rythms into a tape recorder. A daily habit grew out of her desire to write music, and Michele soon had a catalog of songs by the time she was 18. Although Michele grew up in a musical family, no one played an instrument, and performances relied on background tracks or accompaniests. "I often would go to my mothers voice lessons when I was a child. Her teacher played the piano beautifully, I became enamoured by the instrument and every chance I got I had to play it. The only issue was, at that time I couldn't play anything."
While in highschool Michele began working with musicians and producers that fostered the development of her musical work. Upon graduating she moved to New York City to continue this pursuit. She recorded demos in various genres, but her sound had yet to be found. After moving back to the Philadelphia area she released three independent projects, however by the end of 2008 she continued to experience frustration. "There was something missing and I suddenly had this urge to scrap everything I had ever recorded and completely start over." Soon after Michele bought a piano and began learning chords, tones, structure and movement, pairing them with her original melodies. "I only knew how to play two major scales, but I had a chord chart in front of me, and music in my head. I went fishing not knowing how or where to throw the line, but this became an incredible, creative exploration that has shaped everything I have done up till now." While archiving this process on a digital recorder, Michele's lessons became the vehicle to her future compositions and sound.
Within her first year learning, Micheles music catalog grew another leg with a new style of songs created from the increased use of the piano. Six Years, Michele's first self produced demo, was recorded in 2009 and later re-released as a studio version on her 2012 project Let Me Introduce Myself... Again. The piano centric singer-songwriter album incorporates flourishes from the electronic world, hints of ethereal, ambient noise and cinematic orchestrations, while branching out sonically as well with the piano-ballad-meets-electronica cover of Collective Soul’s “Heavy,” featuring Tori Amos like vocals and the musical tone of Portishead.
Whether focusing on her relationship with a friend, a lover, the world in general, or having a conversation with God, Michele's lyrical style is introspective, poignant and intimate while simultaneously maintaining a universal appeal. This style of writing paired with her resonant emotional vocals is what opened the doors to her first charted release in the European music scene. During a collaboration with DJ Tom Colontonio, Michele wrote Colors of Tear, delivering a spirtually reflective and empowering song about pushing through the fear of change. The single was later signed to Spinnin’ Records, reaching the top 100 of the trance charts in the first week and was promoted by Armin Van Burrenn in his State of Trance and Judge Jules BBC radio.
In 2012 Michele began performing coast to coast and spent several years on the road in efforts to not only reach more listeners, but also grow in her ability to create and recreate music. She embraced a heavy schedule, at times performing over 200 shows in a year, which helped broaden her abilities as a musician and producer with an increased confidence on stage and in her writing. In 2017 Michele released Shattered Glass a dream-pop/downtempo ballad about embracing vulnerbility. It was the first time in her career she recorded, arranged and produced a song in her home studio. Sonically the song showcases elements of a late 80's early 90's rock ballad seasoned with electronic accents and a modern sound design. It's reminiscent yet still progressive with in-depth lyrical imagery, juxtapositions, and rhythmic shifts.
After years of learning, touring and writing, Michele has cultivated a well rounded artistry. Amongst many lessons learned along the way, she likes to emphasis personal growth, as well as the evolution of her sound, her writing and focus. “I’ve learned it is not so much about being a good writer, but more importantly how to be a good listener. Considering much of my writing happens subconsciously, like a random knock on the door. Who’s there?! I have no clue really, until I start to open it. Learning to listen beyond the silence has become a very meditative and therapeutic experience over the years. No plan, no thoughts just beautiful blank quiet. And once the noise of the world tunes out, the most real and honest music manifests itself into existence.”
Michele's music continues to reflect a deep-seated interest in authenticity and the search for truth. Listeners can expect more of this from her forthcoming project. "...It is about nakedness in a sense..the good, the bad, the ugly, everything. It’s the heart, it’s the sin, its guilt. It’s just very human."
Michele has performed and made appearances on NBC's The 10! Show, MTV, Philadelphia's Radio 104.5FM, Sirius XM, Fox News, 93.3 WMMR, 610WIP, iRadio Philly as well as college radio and was selected as the Director's Highlight, Featured Artist for the Philadelphia RAW Artist Awards semi-finals showcase. In addition to the music, Michele has worked as a model and actress appearing in national commercials and print ads. She is a member of BMI, The Recording Academy and the Screen Actors Guild. She has been recognized for her 2007 feature in the Adam Sandler movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry playing Larry's neighbor working in the garden.