Michele Lundeen, dubbed "The Queen of Steam" for her stirring vocals and electrifying stage presence, does indeed command attention. Often described as "Janis Joplin meets Bonnie Raitt" or think Lydia Pense, Bonnie Bramlett), Michele is a powerful, soulful vocalist with an incomparable style all her own, effortlessly blending classic roadhouse blues, jump swing, Memphis groove, sultry jazz and funky soul into a satisfying musical stew. An established, popular and respected veteran of the club, concert and festival circuit in both Northern Nevada and Southern California, Michele has shared stages with dozens of nationally known blues and roots artists from John Lee Hooker to Elvin Bishop and Savoy Brown to Queen Ida while gaining a reputation as a talented headliner in her own right.
Playing regular showcase venues and a long list of high profile festival events has allowed Michele to expose her musical talents and establish a strong regional following. Formed in 1998, she and her 5 pc, San Diego based band Michele Lundeen & Blues Streak, were Nominated for "BEST BLUES" in the SAN DIEGO MUSIC AWARDS 2000, 2001, 2002-2006. These seasoned professionals won the coveted title of SAN DIEGO BLUES CHALLENGE WINNERS 2000 and performed in the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, in 2001. Current band lineup can include guitars, bass, keys, harmonica, drums, horns. Available as a 3 pc on up, for any occasion!
Growing up in Oakland, CA, music was always the centerpiece and staff of life for Michele. Influenced by the commanding, Gospel/Soul sound, Michele's own musical expressions exude attitude and confidence...but especially honesty. "Singing is a release. I'm telling/singing my story from my heart...my soul...I feel it, I believe it, and I know that the people can relate...I hand over my honest emotions to the audience."
A gifted interpreter of songs, Michele's hi-energy, live performances help tell her song's stories, and one can visualize that intensity in her recorded work. With an honest, sometimes humorous look at the trials and tribulations of life, her lyrics can be poignant or tongue 'n cheek with straight ahead arrangements and catchy hooks. Earthy, rootsy, robust and from the heart. Fans love her honesty and raw intensity.
Michele's love for music not only exudes on stage, but compliments her strong belief that music can have a dynamic impact on people's lives. As a editor/publisher of monthly blues society newsletters for over a decade, as well as editor for the internationally distributed Blues Festival Guide (winner of the Blues Foundation's 2006 "Keeping The Blues Alive" award for Print Media), Michele helps to promote, educate and inform readers about the history, tradition, and current happenings in the world of music. In her homebase of San Diego she's involved in the local "Blues in the Schools" workshop programs providing live musical instructional and historical views into the blues as an American art form. She's appeared in a documentary segment on San Diego CH 4 TV "Insider" and is featured in a San Diego Dept. of Education film short.
SONG INSIDE ME, Michele's long-awaited, full-length debut CD, was co-produced by seminal California Bay Area guitarist/arranger/producer Johnny "V" Vernazza (Gold Record winning Elvin Bishop Band alumni) and was one of the Blues Foundation 2006 "BEST SELF-PRODUCED CD" FINAL FOUR and a 2005 San Diego Music Award's "Best Blues Album" Nominee. The CD features nine self-penned originals among 12 tracks and, along with her own band, luminaries such as slide guitar master Roy Rogers guest. SONG INSIDE ME has garnered airplay on a variety of college and Triple A stations across the U.S. as well as in Canada and abroad in England, France, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Belgrade, Belgium, Russia, Israel, Spain, Italy, Ireland, etc. The CD made San Diego's KPRI-FM "Essential 100" of 2005; made Top 5-10 & 25 on a variety of national radio chart listings in 2005 and 2006, etc. and stayed over 10 weeks in the 2006 Fall-Winter Roots-Blues Top 50 charts. SONG INSIDE ME is available at Michele's live events and online at www.michelelundeen.com, www.amazon.com, www.bandvillage.com and retail outlets in Reno, NV, San Diego, CA and Memphis, TN.
Michele has shared stages with national Blues & Rock recording acts including: John Lee Hooker - Little Charlie & The Nightcats - Kim Wilson - Tinsley Ellis - Debbie Davies - Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings - Lonnie Brooks - Tommy Castro - The Sundogs - Buddy Whittington (John Mayall Band) - Chris Cain - Elvin Bishop - Charlie Musselwhite - Coco Montoya - Joe Louis Walker Magic Slim & The Teardrops - Credeence Clearwater - James Harman - Queen Ida - Savoy Brown - Little Ed Williams - Rosie Ledet - Roy Gaines - Jimmy Thackery - Zac Harmon - Original LowRiders
Festivals & Events include: San Diego Street Scene - San Diego Blues Fest - Int'l Blues Challenge (Memphis, TN) - Annual PB Block Party (Pacific Beach, CA) - Adams Ave. Street Fair(s) - Seaport Village/KPRI "Blues By The Bay Concert(s) - Colorado Belle Brews & Blues (Laughlin, NV) - Laughlin River Run (Laughlin, NV) - Tastes & Tune (Las Vegas, NV) - San Diego Museum of Art "Jazz in the Park Blues Summit(s) - OB Chili Cookoff(s) (Ocean Beach) - KUSI TV CH 9 "House Band" - 25th Annual Coronado, CA 4th of July - KSDS Jazz 88.3 Instrumental Women - OMBAC Over-The-Line Tournament - Moonlight Concerts (Encinitas) - Blues in The Schools Documentary San Diego Insider TV Ch 4 - Annual Hillcrest CitiFest(s) - San Marcos Street Fair - 8th Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues (Reno, NV) No. Tahoe Blues Festival - Reno Blues Society Mardi Gras - Street Vibrations (Reno, NV) - Hot August Nights (Reno, NV) - Nevada State Fair (Reno, NV) - Nugget Best in the West Rib Cookoff (Sparks, NV) - Black Hawk Solar Cookoff(s) (Taylorsville, CA) - Holiday Blues & Jazz Festival (San Diego, CA)
Find more info/photos/press, etc. at www.michelelundeen.com