30625 SW Boones Ferry Rd.
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070
Phone number: 503-570-8858
Email : molly@innovativedance.net

Michele Van Kleef

 

Michele

Michele has been teaching voice, piano and guitar in Wilsonville since 2009 for kids/adults of all ages. With a BA in Vocal Performance from Oregon State University, she's been singing professionally ever since. Styles range from opera to folk, blues, jazz and pop as well as songwriting. Michele is currently recording her 2nd full length solo record at Portland's Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studio with Producer/Guitarist Tim Ellis, featuring Hall & Oates drummer Michael Braun, Troy Welstad (Pink, A Fine Frenzy, Hilary Duff) on keyboards, and Jamin Swenson on bass. She's looking forward to releasing it early 2014. Her solo album, "After All" 2002, features her soulful voice, memorable melodies and storytelling lyrics. The record was mixed by Tchad Blake (2x Grammy Award Winner for Sheryl Crow and Suzanne Vega) and includes legendary bass player Tony Levin plus Nate Query from The Decemberists. Three tracks from this record were played overhead in all Starbucks coffee houses worldwide, as well as on three episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

Michele got her start in the music industry as a singer in the very successful, NW-based Indie band Calobo. They toured the country for over 6 years and shared the stage with Sara McLachlan, the Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco and Jethro Tull. In Portland they played Portland Meadows, The Roseland Theater, La Luna and became regular sell-outs at The Crystal Ballroom. Across the country they played Wetlands in NYC, House of Blues in Chicago, the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, The Showbox and the Moore Theater in Seattle, and the epic music festival, Bumbershoot on the Stadium Stage in Seattle. When all was said and done, Calobo released 5 full-length records, the final being recorded Live at the Crystal Ballroom in our hometown of Portland, OR. After Calobo disbanded, 2 of the members helped found the Decemberists. Calobo's recent 2012 reunion mini tour was met with thousands of nostalgic fans and great success.

After Calobo, Michele joined Lazy Bones Recordings as Mackabella in Seattle. They released the self-titled album Mackabella and many of these songs were placed in the TV/Film industry. "Willing" has had the most placements: a movie trailer for the Johnny Cash story "Walk the Line", and spoof of the same film, "Walk Hard", among many others. Other Mackabella song placements include VH1, Fox, NBC, T-Mobile, 90210, Lifetime, MTV, South of Nowhere, and Roswell.

Michele Van Kleef
info@michelevankleef.com