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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, Bette Midler, Etta James, Aretha Franklin!), Michele is a POWERFUL, SOULFUL vocalist with an incomparable style all her own, effortlessly blending classic roadhouse rhythm & 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, Michele Lundeen & Blues Streak, her 5 pc, San Diego based band of 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. Michele has been Nominated for “BEST BLUES” in the SAN DIEGO MUSIC AWARDS eight times (MOST RECENTLY FOR 2010). She and her band have established regular shows at popular San Diego venues like Patrick’s II, in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District and Humphrey’s Backstage Lounge on Shelter Island and she is frequently a featured artist in allstar showcases. Michele also performs N'Awlin's type favorites in festive costume as Madame LeRoux & Krewe for Mardi Gras themed events.michelle lundeen

Growing up in Oakland, CA, music was always the centerpiece and staff of life for Michele. “My mom had a varied collection of albums like Harry Belfonte, The Righteous Brothers, Ray Charles, Mahalia Jackson and African and Hawaiian Island sounds! Then I heard Aretha and Tina Turner and I was really taken in!" Influenced by that commanding, Gospel/Soul sound, Michele’s own musical expressions exude attitude and confidence...but especially honesty. "I'm honestly moved by my experiences enough to shout them from the rooftops," 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.”

Eventually Michele began a singing career while balancing duties of a young, working mother. 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.

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 (recipient 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 home base of San Diego she’s involved as one of the leaders 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.

Recording 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-master Roy Rogers guest. (See CD credits and more recording details and pics). 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. Original tracks “Blues Is A Feeling” and “All Day Blues” were featured on nationally syndicated program “Blues Deluxe” Feb 27-Mar 5, 05 and Sept 11-17, 05 respectively, broadcasted on 100 stations across the U.S., Virgin Islands and Canada and the worldwide web. The CD made KPRI’s 2005 “Essential 100”; WMEB’s “Top 10” of 2005; over 10 weeks in the 2006 Fall-Winter Roots-Blues Top 50 charts; four tracks hit #1-#2-#6-#12 on MixExposure.com in two days (Winter 2006). The CD had also appeared on several other Top 25 lists and been reported to the Living Blues Charts by numerous stations around the world. 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 HookerKim WilsonTommy CastroMagic Slim & the Teardrops • Little Charlie & the NightcatsQueen IdaDebbie Davies • Lonnie Brooks • Elvin BishopCharlie MusselwhiteCoco Montoya • Joe Louis Walker • Jimmy ThackeryRoy RogersMichael Burks Savoy Brown • The NighthawksZac Harmon • The Original Lowriders (WAR)

Festivals & Events include:
(San Diego) SAN DIEGO STREET SCENE • SAN DIEGO BLUES FEST • HIILCREST CITY FEST(s) • SUPERBOWL BLUES FEST • ADAMS AVE. STREET FAIR • JAZZ IN THE PARK BLUES SUMMIT(s) • KUSI TV CH 9 “HOUSE BAND” • KSDS JAZZ 88.3 INSTRUMENTAL WOMEN • BLUES IN THE SCHOOLS TV DOCUMENTARY • (Reno/Tahoe) RENO BLUES FESTIVAL • NO. TAHOE BLUES FEST • ELDORADO BBQ, BREWS & BLUES • STREET VIBRATIONS • ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER • HOT AUGUST NIGHTS • NUGGET BEST IN THE WEST RIB COOKOFF(s) • TAHOE RED, WHITE & BLUE (Laughlin, NV) COLORADO BELLE BLUES & BREWS • LAUGHLIN RIVER RUN • (Wilmington, NC) 1ST & 2ND NAT’L WOMEN IN BLUES FESTIVAL • (Memphis, TN) INT’L BLUES CHALLENGE • (Las Vegas, NV) TASTE & TUNES • (San Felipe, MX) SAN FELIPE BLUES & ARTS FIESTA (s)

Notable Venues include:
• LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES CRUISE 2009 (w-Laurie Morvan & members of Elvin Bishop & Tommy Castro’s bands) (San Diego, CA) HUMPHREY’S BACKSTAGE • PATRICK’S II • BELLY UP TAVERN • HARRAH’S RINCON • TIO LEO’S • HOUSE OF BLUES • VIEJAS DREAMCATCHER & V-LOUNGE • CROCE’S • COYOTE CAFÉ & GRILL • EMBARCADERO MARINA • CALYPSO CAFE • LORD HORNBLOWER CRUISES • VAIL LAKE RESORT • (Reno, NV) CANTINA LOS TRES HOMBRES • VICTORIAN SQUARE • SKYLINE CAFE • SIENA ENOTECA ROOM • HILTON • RENO FAIRGROUNDS • NUGGET • WINGFIELD PARK • GREAT BASIN BREWERY • HACIENDA • RENO HILTON • TAHOE BILTMORE • TRUCKEE RIVER PARK AMPHITHEATRE • (Memphis, TN) B.B. KING’S • RUM BOOGIE • (Wilmington, NC) FRONT STREET MUSIC HALL (Marzz Theater) • (Las Vegas, NV) SAND DOLLAR BLUES LOUNGE • CITY HALL CAMPUS • (Yuma, AZ) TOP OF THE KRESS




 
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