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Michele Lundeen
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NOMINATED 12x SAN DIEGO MUSIC AWARDS "BEST BLUES" ...a soul-deep singer with a penetrating presence.
Blues-Soul-Roots singer/songwriter 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.
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12x SAN DIEGO MUSIC AWARDS "BEST BLUES" NOMINEE Michele Lundeen, a 12x San Diego Music Awards Best Blues Nominee, is dubbed the "QUEEN OF STEAM" for her stirring vocals and electrifying stage presence and does indeed command attention. With powerhouse, soulful vocals and sassy, hi-energy shows. she delivers with an incomparable style of her own. She and her band effortlessly blend classic roadhouse rhythm & blues, jump swing, Memphis groove, sultry jazz and funky soul into a satisfying musical stew. She's raw, honest and visceral. her CD SONG INSIDE ME was also one of the Final 4 "Best Self-Produced CD" in Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge. 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 4-5 pc, San Diego based band of seasoned professionals, won the coveted title of San Diego Blues Challenge winners and performed in the Blues Foundations International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, in 2001. She and her band have established regular shows at popular San Diego area venues like Humphreys Backstage Live on Shelter Island, Proud Mary's Southern Bar & Grille, Old Town Blues Club and more and she is frequently a featured artist in showcases. Michele's full-length debut CD, SONG INSIDE ME, was co-produced by seminal California Bay Area guitarist/arranger/producer Johnny V Vernazza (Gold Record winning Elvin Bishop Band alumni). The CD is one of the Blues Foundation 2006 "BEST SELF-PRODUCED CD" Final Four and a 2005 San Diego Music Award's "Best Blues Album" Nominee. SONG INSIDE ME features nine self-penned originals among 12 tracks and, along with her own band, luminaries such as slide-master Roy Rogers guest. SONG INSIDE ME has hit the airwaves on Triple A and college stations across the U.S.A. and Canada and abroad in Australia, France, Belgium, England, Spain, Israel, the Netherlands, Belgrade, Italy, Russia, etc. plus rave reviews published around the globe.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Shared stages with National Blues-Rock recording acts including: John Lee Hooker Kim Wilson Tommy Castro Magic Slim & The Teardrops Little Charlie & The Nightcats Queen Ida Debbie Davies Lonnie Brooks Elvin Bishop Charlie Musselwhite Coco Montoya Joe Louis Walker Jimmy Thackery Roy Rogers Michael Burks The Nighthawks Candye Kane The Original Lowriders (WAR) The Paladins Zac Harmon Hadden Sayers Nick Schnebelen (Trampled Under Foot) Earl Thomas Savoy Brown and more Notable Festivals & Events include: (Mexican Riviera) Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruises (w-Laurie Morvan + members of Elvin Bishop & Tommy Castros bands) + Special Guest/Jam Hostess 2018-2019 (San Diego, CA Co.) Balboa Park/December Nights San Diego Street Scene San Diego Blues Fest Gator By The Bay TGIF Jazz In The Park (Carlsbad) Hillcrest City Fest(s) Superbowl Blues Fest Adams Avenue Street Fair Blues Music Camp Lemon Festival KSDS Jazz Live (Saville Theater) Jazz In The Park Blues Summit(s) KSDS Jazz 88.3 Instrumental Women Blues In The Schools TV Documentary (So California) 2017 New Blues Festival (Long Beach), Dangerous Divas of The Blues, NAMM 2019 After Party (Costa Mesa) (Reno/Tahoe area) Reno Blues Festival No. Tahoe Blues Fest Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Street Vibrations Rollin On The River Hot August Nights Nugget Best In West Rib Cookoff Tahoe Red, White & Blue Black Hawk Solar Fest (Laughlin, NV) Colorado Belle Blues & Brews Laughlin River Run Colorado Belle Mardi Gras 2019 (Wilmington, NC) 1st & 2nd Natl Women In Blues Festival (Memphis, TN) Intl Blues Challenge Rum Boogie (Las Vegas, NV) Taste & Tunes Festival (Baja Mexico) San Felipe Blues & Arts Fiesta(s) Ensenada Blues & Rock Festival(s) Baja Blues Fest (Rosarito) (Cincinnati, Ohio) Cincy Winter Blues Fest 2017 (The Netherlands) United By Music Week 2017 (San Diego, CA Co.) Humphreys Backstage Live Harrahs Rincon House Of Blues Belly Up Tavern Tio Leos Proud Mary's Coyote Grill Old Town Blues Club (Temecula) Del Mar Fairgrounds Del Mar Marriott Croces Gaslamp Speakeasy La Costa Resort Lord Hornblower Cruises Marble Room Pala Casino Patricks Gaslamp Pub Saville Theater Seaport Village Vail Lake Resort Viejas Casino (Dreamcatcher, V-Lounge, Viejas Outlet) + (Reno/Tahoe) Cantina Los Tres Hombres Victorian Square Siena Room Reno Fairgrounds Nugget Wingfield Park Great Basin Brewery Hacienda Reno Hilton Tahoe Biltmore Truckee River Park Amphitheatre Reno Fairgrounds + (Memphis, TN) B.B. Kings Rum Boogie (Wilmington, NC) Front Street Music Hall (Las Vegas, NV) Sand Dollar Blues Lounge City Hall Campus Fish House
Your musical influences
"I dig all facets of Blues from Country to Rock and classic Memphis Soul, rhythm & blues. Growing up in Oakland, CA, music was always the centerpiece and staff of life at home. My mom had a varied collection of albums like Harry Belfonte, The Righteous Brothers, Ray Charles, Mahalia Jackson and African and Island sounds! Then I heard Aretha and Tina Turner and I was really taken in!" Influenced by that commanding, Gospel/Soul sound, Micheles own musical expressions exude attitude and confidence...but especially honesty.
What equipment do you use?
Know yer gettin' personal! HA! For music, my key purchase the last few years was a powered 15" JBL monitor! I got so tired of crappy monitors and being drowned out. I sing pretty hard sometimes and this puppy has saved me over and over again. I LOVE it. That's a good puppy.
Anything else?
Yeh, I could go on and on... and just might... or please feel free to contact me.
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