The Blend, 6-9 am, Monday through Friday
Known to blues lovers across the globe as "Evil Gal" and acknowledged by aficionados of jazz and blues as a passionate and gifted performer, bandleader and songwriter, Michelle has recorded and released 4 critically acclaimed albums for Rounder/Bullseye Records and performed in 18 countries.
Michelle's music is regularly played on jazz and blues radio and internet programs all around the globe and her original music has been featured in the HBO series Mind of the Married Man, as well as on the 2008 House of Blues compilation album Essential Women in the Blues.
Michelle's live performances and recordings have received rave reviews from such respected sources as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Downbeat, The Japan Times, GQ, Jazz Times and Living Blues, in addition to various other publications from many different countries.
Last year, backed up by her solid and incredibly talented band, Michelle recorded a show at one of the world's premier jazz rooms, Scullers, in Boston, MA. The resulting recording, Fortune Cookie has received airplay from coast to coast and around the world. Michelle recently sang with Dr. John in Boston, MA and performed with her group at The Beaches International Jazz festival in Totonto, Canada.
As host of The Blend Mon-Fri. 6-9 am, Michelle is delighted to be back on the air at WICN. From 2006-2009, she hosted Voices of Jazz on Friday mornings and Jazz n' Blue on Saturday afternoons. Accompanied by interesting and entertaining tidbits about the music and musicians featured on The Blend, you'll hear your favorite jazz tunes, as well as gems from Michelle's own collection - delightful, obscure material you may not be as familiar with, but you'll love hearing and learning about.
Whether in front of her own band at a live performance or behind the mic in the studio at WICN, Michelle's amazing voice, engaging, intense style, her vast knowledge of and passion for jazz and rhythm & blues music combined with years of experience as a road warrior in the music business add up to a unique, "don't miss this" show! Start your morning off right! Get all jazzed up with Michelle Willson and The Blend Mondays - Fridays, 6-9am on 90.5 WICN.