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    Michelle Malone is a singer and songwriter with soul. Her songs are dark and lovelorn odes to heartbreak, often times with perfect imagery that reflects her passionate southern roots.

    While studying voice at Agnes Scott College, Malone recorded and released her first album “New Experience” independently to solid underground reviews.  The album was received well enough that it got the attention of legendary record producer Clive Davis, who soon offered her a contract with his company Arista Records. Malone soon left Agnes Scott College and went into the studio with the band she had formed at the time, collectively called Drag the River. 

    The band’s debut album “Relentless” was released in 1990. With mostly positive reviews but tepid sales, it was the only album the band would release. It was then that Malone would step out into the spotlight, returning to a solo career. In 1992, she formed her own label, SBS Records, and released “For You Not Them” to rave reviews. Like a bullet from a gun, Malone’s career as a singer and songwriter took off at full speed.

    Over the next 22 years, Malone continued to tour and release a total of 15 solo studio albums, many of which she produced herself, and build a loyal cult following of allegiant fans. She has been nominated for a few Grammys and has won numerous awards, including Best Female Vocalist (Creative Loafing) and Album of the Year (Atlanta Magazine). Her songs have also popped up on countless television shows, including “Dawson’s Creek,” “True Blood” and “Felicity.” She’s also had the honor of working with artists such as Gregg Allman, John Mayer, Johnny Winter, Steve Earle, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Robert Cray, Albert King and ZZ Top.

    In the midst of touring in promotion of her latest album, last year’s “Acoustic Winter,” Michelle Malone will be doing a public house concert in Louisville Thursday July 2. If you'd like to attend the show, contact Bettyannfarmer@att.net for details on how to reserve seats for the rare opportunity to see such a talented artist in such a small intimate setting.

     

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    About Brent Owen

    Born and raised in Louisville, I have lived here most of my life (except during a short furlough, when I, lovelorn and naive, followed a girl to Baton Rouge). My roots are here, my family, my friends, and my life are all here. I work primarily as a free-lance writer for a few local and regional publications. I have also written two books (one a memoir, the other a novel) that barring some divine intervention, will probably never see the light of day. I find myself deeply ingrained in the local bar scene, or perhaps better said, I often indulge in the local drinking culture. I love music, movies, comedy, and really just about any other live performance art.

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