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Michelle Katherine "Kat" Orts ~ Solo Artist ~ Singer & Songwriter - Original, Contemporary, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, Classical, Folk, Blues, Funk All have been
Michelle K. Orts (formerly Michelle Meyer maiden name) - BIO Currently ministering and performing for the Glory of God as a professional singer with her Pastor husband as the Lord directs. She started singing at the age of 9. She has performed live concerts and recorded in multiple genres: jazz, pop, country, folk, rock, contemporary, blues, funk, gospel and even classical arias in the languages of English, French, German and Italian. Chelle has sung The National Anthem with the U.S. Marines present for the opening week of The Oregon State Fair and was highlighted as a solo vocal performing artist for another Washington State Fair... She has performed previously with her Fairfield County CT based jazz group, "Nouveau Jazz", with her colleagues, Douglas Canal and Todd Schneider for the annual event for the Directors & Board of Trustees of Channel 21 - PBS/WLIW in East Meadow, Long Island. She has performed with such national talents as: Mark Forrest - The Irish Tenor - www.markforrest.com (Mark has performed for the honorable and the late: Pope John Paul II, Mother Theresa, many current Presidents, Kings and Heads of State) Murali Coryell - The Blues Man - www.muralicoryell.com (B.B. King calls him a star and Marshall Chess agrees...) Michelle Meyer was professionally trained in theory and piano performance by the late Mrs. Wassung of Westport, CT. She was also professionally trained in voice by Interlochen School of Music vocal instructor Joy Yinger and a myriad of Broadway and professional songwriting talent such as Ellen Hanley and Bill Hall of The Hall Family Singers Westport, CT. She started composing original material at the age of 13. Hired as a professional musical director at the young age of 15 for a private theater company, Fantacini Theater she was credited of helping to launch the lead child actress onwards to the New York Broadway stage. DRC Music Entertainment and Artistic Enterprises intermittently reviews new artists for bookings. Under her supervision as President, the company which was located in Fairfield County, CT, is now located in Douglas County, WI. DRC Music Entertainment has acquired some of the best independent composers, performing and recording artists available nationwide and internationally. The company's talent roster of over 500 professional musicians, both local and national, is a testament to the desire of professional performing and recording artists who feel comfortable being represented by their fellow peers in the industry. In addition, Michelle Meyer is a trained visual artist and has acquired her Professional Degree in Visual Communications. She is also "getting her toes wet" as a background actress in feature films such as "Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants II", dancing as one of the background actresses in "Righteous Kill" w/50Cent, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino "Scarface", she landed a singing background role in "The After School Movie" which will be sent to Festivals this year directed by Antonio Campos (he has been compared to the legendary director, Scorcese, as one of the newest and best directors on the scene......) She appeared (for the briefest of moments in the stands at a baseball game) as a background actress in the recent made for television Premiere Movie "One More Day" produced by Oprah Winfrey which aired in December 2007 on ABC. Michelle Meyer was one of CT's Star 99.9 FM Finalists in the Star 99.9 FM Star Idol Competition the summer of 2007 performing live at Harbor Yard Arena in Bridgeport, CT. Michelle Meyer Television & Film credits 2007 2008: Fall 2007 Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (BG/Acting Role) Winter 2007 One More Day Television Premiere Produced by Oprah Winfrey (BG/Acting Role) Winter 2007 The After School Movie produced by Antonio Campos (Lead BG/Singing/Acting ) Winter 2008 American Idol and CMTs newest reality show Can You Duet was a lead singing contestant one of 40 couples chosen out of the original open call of 2500+ The show aired on Cable Channel 187 CMT (LEAD ROLE/Reality TV) Spring 2008 Righteous Kill (BG/Dancing in scene with Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and 50Cent) Summer 2008 MODELING/Supporting ROLE with Nelly on Cable for the BET Emmy Awards Promo From The Artist Hi there! I am a professional singer and songwriter who has learned "not to despise humble beginnings..." I minister in song with my Pastor husband as directed by the Lord. "Man makes his plans and the Lord directs his steps." Musically, Michelle Meyer
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I am currently collaborating with my husband writing lyrics/music for an upcoming original project. God knows exactly what we need to get it accomplished for His Glory Alone!!! Your Prayers are Cherished my friends and family in the Body of Christ! Love n Huggzz IJN+ :)Michelle K. Orts
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Your musical influences
Alicia Keyes, Green Day, ColdPlay, Howie Day, Whitney Houston, Barbara Streisand, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Nicks, Celine Dion, James Taylor, Carole King, Elvis, Nat King Cole, Bette Midler, Amy Grant, Susan Ashton, Matt Redmond, Journey, Steely Dan, Charlie Peacock, Twila Paris, T. D. Jakes, U2, Bono, Sting, Billy Joel, Take 5, Jackson Browne, Faith Hill, Linda Rondstat, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Michael Bouble,.......the list is pretty eclectic.....Patsy Cline...shall I go on?
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Holy Spirit and His Provision
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Seriously...Anything we do artistically or personally we hope ultimately will lead others to a personal faith and relationship with their Creator the Lord Jesus Christ (Name above ALL Names)..... Favorite scripture: Romans 8:28 "All thing work together for those who love God and are called according to His purpose" and "We are in the world BUT not of it".......And...Remember to give thanks to the Giver of all Good Gifts...For His is the Glory Alone....for Everything!!! :)
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