If you ask the singer / songwriter Michelle Leonard (born 1973) by Michelle Leonard, then it sounds like this: "My mood is dark blue, red, purple and black. I am self-conscious, insecure, happy, sad, loud, quiet, wild, thoughtful, and I am celebrating the melancholy. I need that as a songwriter and as a person. So processed and I reflect my life. "
On 04 December, 2009. Universal Music Domestic Pop Released "Fragile"Michelle Leonards debut album. Already their debut single "Where Did We Go Wrong"Which Til Schweiger fOr a key scene from in summer 2008" Two chicks ear undertook "left, knowing that it is a unique artist with Michelle Leonard. So impressive "Fragile"A sensitive pop album, especially through his ANDERS-BE. Michelle: "It's a pop album with fresh sound. We have worked with many acoustic and electronic elements. I wanted to play with different sound worlds."
And so to play "Fragile"Purism and acoustic with electric and spherical elements. All ten songs of their debut Surprise with new arrangements: Impresses "Where Did We Go Wrong" , Hit by the soulful piano theme and the cool, yet warm Beat in "Out Of Ammunition" electronic influences of the 80s with a certain roughness on trance elements. "Merry Go Round" is distinguished by its unusual structure - a climax acoustic song with long bows, which breaks only really with the final chorus. The title song "Fragile" appears in RB-Feeling with British ambience. Almost funky sounding beats, accompanied by atmospheric string worlds. Michelle Vocal Performance delivers what the title promises: Incredibly diverse, always emotional and really fragile.
"Fragile" is an emotional journey, a journey through the emotions of Michelle Leonard. It's about love, separation and hope and life. Schutzlos honest - without double bottom! "FOr me songwriting has always been like a big sister, who wants to help me when I feel bad. And so on this album many love songs, because I have separated myself. The now must all work with me."She says, laughing.
But behind Fragile There is more: Everyone is vulnerable! Michelle: "There are simply things that take a from the web, and you have to digest for now. Therefore, each of us is building this front and bears his pain inside. Finally, there are also 1000 people, stereotypes and demands, which one wants to live. And we put so much strength in maintaining this front. It is often enough a word, and the house of cards collapses! People are just very, very fragile!"
It's about perception and consciousness - in life and for others. "Sometimes a word may be essential for a person and quite unimportant for another. Some things have a million different meanings. And not all people are on the same frequency. Everything is in the eye of the beholder. How can we know what the other thinks and feels ?! And you have a consciousness develop and openness, its own truth to check. " said Leonard.
Michelle Leonard is not a newcomer. Quite the contrary: For years it is one of the top liners of the music industry. At 17 she signed her first publishing contract. Today she is a singer, vocal coach and lecturer at the Pop Academy. She has written for Sarah Brightman, Tarja Turunen Nightwish, Apocalyptica or Joachim Witt. She is author of the number one hit "Love is You" by Thomas Godoj, which is now in an acoustic version of "datesFragile " resist finds. Sung and written it has "Feel So Perfect" fOr the CA campaign - the end of the 90 fOr whole three years - a Pan - ran. Behind "Already found" for the current Ford Ka campaign also hides the singer-songwriter Michelle Leonard. She writes with international changing teams all over the world - New York and L.A. knocking daily at her on. But currently it is still active as a jury member of the current Popstars season.
Her love for music develops during infancy: Michelle, a screamer, is just to calm when the radio is standing next to her crib. Later sitting Michelle, growing up bilingual in a British military bei Krefeld, hours before the radio to listen to music, soak up music in itself. "Music has always been my salvation, especially when it was not doing well."Says Michelle. It is a melancholy child, introverted. With four or FIVE withdraws often. Their thoughts and feelings she takes on tape: "That was a kind of diary. When I got trouble, or something was wrong, then I am immediately in my room and have it all taken. Initially were the more self-talk, eventually I started to turn it into melodies and singing. I knew somehow always that the word is a form of expression, with which one can handle."And in retrospect, the songs already showed classic structures. Just had known as a verse, a bridge, or a chorus runs. Unconsciously they've adopted through listening radio. The first song she wrote nine years - ahead of its time, a love song. She starts playing keyboards and dreams that their songs a day on the radio.
The teenager Michelle is wild and takes the matter into their own hands. Having just sung in a band, you want to make it alone. She wants to be a pop star. She is 15 years old when she at Krefeld post office, the Yellow Pages of Hamburg, the mecca for music hits. The first entry under recording studios are: Alibaba recording studios. She calls there, says: "Hello, my name is Michelle Leonard and I want to be a pop star. I also wrote their own songs - I sing times!"A little later she sits - with no knowledge of their father and in questionable elevator - on the train to Hamburg. inspire your recordings in the studio. There you must provide it before Joachim Witt, receives at this time there. "We are then in the evening went for a drink. we sat together and talked about everything under six hours - about music, about what I want, on your life and how it all started with him like that. I think he has only once checked me, along the lines of: Is this some dumbass, or is the one that is really inclined in the head, but really can be something ?! " remembers Michelle.
That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Joachim Witt became her mentor. Your silverback, as she calls him. During the summer holidays she goes on tour with him, singing the backing vocals, lives with him and his family in the guest apartment and sees what she is dreaming itself. Michelle: "Since I have seen for the first time as an artist's life is like. If you come from a family of officers, that's just a completely different whistles. He showed me that you can live differently and that one does not have to always be concerned about security. That it o.k. is, if you take makes mistakes and that's part of it. That you as an artist can survive and that you simply should do. The fact that a good person can have success. He has opened a door for me, he was always trying to help me, that was me most about the engine, and therefore he is my silverback. "
At 17 she receives her first publishing contract with EMI, later changed to Universal. She tries out, sold their first songs, makes parallel Booking fOr Boy George and her Abi. She is very busy from the outset - pigs luck calls it that! You've always met the right people and in the music business! None other than Andreas Carlson (Britney Spears / Backstreet Boys) it explains the business of songwriting. She is built up an international network and writes - first time for others. Michelle: "I was very, very happy with my life. It was a dream: I have been teaching at the Pop Academy, I wrote hits, I have worked with strong people. I could live artistic wholeheartedly. Then I broke up last year by my friend. Since So much has come up and I knew that something must happen. When I met the man I was an artist, and then that's somehow fallen asleep because I was only songwriter. And then something amazing happened: I started to write again just for me. In the songs I knew immediately that no one else can sing. " In March 2008, is "Out Of Ammunition"One of those songs with Universal, who want to work immediately with Michelle as a solo artist. Til Schweiger is also enthusiastic about the song and Michelle. It's his idea that Michelle fOr the soundtrack to "Zweiohrküken" to an existing piano theme top-lined. The number is written in three hours - "Where Did We Go Wrong" stands!
Between 2008 and 2009 she wrote the album " Fragile ". Now, on December 04, it is available in stores. Excited, she is! "I certainly hope that people like my baby just the way I like them. And I hope that I have many written from the soul. The fact that many people find their own story in my."Says Michelle. And of course they make themselves vulnerable by their openness, but they have just written simply: "I was aware that these songs are very emotional, but also true! And I think people understand that right away. "Fragile " shows exactly how I feel right now and that is exactly the expression that I just need now."
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