Michal: Sky with Stars
Born in Israel and named after the Biblical wife of David, singer/songwriter Michal moved to Harlem when she
was still a baby and studied classical piano throughout her elementary school years. When she discovered rock
-- Nirvana's Nevermind in particular -- she began writing her own songs and talked her way into her high school's
jazz choir by offering to be an accompanist. After teaching herself guitar, Michal began playing gigs and soon
established herself as part of Greenwich Village's Anti-Folk scene, working as a sound technician at Sidewalk
Cafe and becoming friends with club owners. The owner of Tramps Cafe introduced Michal to one of her musical
heroes, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner. She gave Pirner a copy of her demo tape, and he expressed interest in
producing her work; this led to attention from many labels, including Soul Asylum's home, Columbia. Michal
signed with the label and released her debut album Sky With Stars in mid-2000, which featured several
I first heard of Michal from a friend who had heard one of her songs playing in a record store in Chicago. She
told me that Michal was somewhat of a cross between Sarah McLachlan and Ani DiFranco. Now that I have
had the chance to listen to her myself, I think she was right. Michal is incredibly talented for someone so
young. She writes all her lyrics and they contain much of the same poignant, beautiful honesty that Sarah
McLachlan's do. There is also an edge to Michal's voice as well, you can hear every emotion she's feeling.
Although all the songs on her debut CD are incredible, a few were exceptional. My favorites are Juliet's Refrain
and Perfect. It would be easy to put Michal in the same category with other young singer/songstresses such as
Kendall Payne and Shelby Starner, but Michal has her own style (as do Kendall and Shelby). I would
recommend Sky with Stars to anyone who likes insightful, honest lyrics, beautiful instrumentals, and a gritty
yet delicate voice. I can't wait to hear her next album.
Garth Hudson is credited for playing Hammond synth on Sky with Stars.
Michal - Sky with Stars- 2000 - RPM 40139/ Red Interactive 51082