Indie Music News Reporter
Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers Release -'Christmas in Blue'
"Christmas in Blue" Puts a Fun and Jazzy Spin on The Holidays Featuring Eight Originals and Two Re-imagined Classics
While the Pacific Northwest is not known for Christmas traditions and holiday music, some of the best-selling Christmas music comes from North-westerners such as Bing Crosby of Spokane, Washington. Heavily influenced by these artists while growing up, award-winning song-writer Michele D’Amour longed to add her voice to that lexicon.
Now leading her own band, The Love Dealers, she has made that dream come true with the release of the band’s sixth album Christmas in Blue. The band features Patrick McDaniel (bass, backing vocals), Dave Delzotto (drums), Jeff Cornell (guitar), Brian Olendorf (piano, keys), and Noel Barnes (tenor sax, baritone sax, flute).
The Seattle-based group recorded the ten-song collection after much encouragement and requests from fans who heard the group perform several of the songs. The album includes eight original songs in addition to two popular classics that are staples for any Christmas album, of which the band puts their own spin on. Fans will love discovering new Christmas music while enjoying some classics as well like "Silent Night" and "The Little Drummer Boy."
“Christmas In Blue” from Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers is a loving gift; well written, played with skill, and delivered with joy. - Rick Bowen, Northwest Music Scene
"Christmas in Blue" To Air on National Indie Radio (WNIR) "Christmas in Blue" will air on National Indie Radio (WNIR) commencing December 1st through December 31st as part of BWH Music Group’s Holiday Radio Special. WNIR features the best independent artists in the world and is part of the highly selective and nationally renowned BWH Music Group platform. The Holiday Radio Special will feature original holiday songs as well as covers by exceptional independent artists. Station information can be found at National Indie Radio’s website.
About Michele D’Amour
Michele D'Amour, a born storyteller, and award-winning songwriter, penned her first song at the age of six, and became a published poet in her early twenties. Her lyrics treat difficult topics with a sense of soulful whimsy and wry humor.
In 2011, the band Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers formed when the stars aligned -- Michele's lifelong affinity for the blues, her experience writing and performing, and the emergence of the right founding band members. The band released its first EP, Sin Comin' On, in February 2014. The EP includes four covers and three originals written by Michele. Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers were also a Washington Blues Society finalist for the 2014 International Blues Challenge in that year.
The band's 2015 CD, Ante Up, features twelve original songs penned by Michele. Those tracks were developed and road-, theested in 2014 as the group played various festivals and venues, and recorded in the fall of 2014. In 2017, the album Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge introduced twelve new original tunes, including two that Michele co-wrote with Cory Wilds. It debuted week of June 24, 2017 on the Roots Music Report at #46 for Blues, #20 in Contemporary Blues, and #1 for Washington State.
2018's album, Wiggle Room, includes ten new original tunes. The album debuted at #6 on Roots Music Report's Jazzy Blues chart - then was at #1 for thirteen weeks; it also debuted at #9 on the Washington blues chart before shooting up to #1 and staying there for seven weeks. All ten songs from the album charted. The band was a finalist in the Washington Blues Society's 2018 International Blues Challenge.
In January 2019, the band recorded the album Heart of Memphis at Royal Studios, one of the longest continuously operating studios in the world, and where Al Green recorded his hits. The album contains seven new original tunes and a cover of the King Curtis classic Memphis Soul Stew. It debuted at #3 on Roots Music Report's Jazzy Blues chart 2 weeks before its release date of May 24, 2019; at the same time, Wiggle Room was at #6.
The band was selected for rotation on STEAM Magazine Radio for April 2015;
Ante Up was one of four CDs chosen by International Blues Broadcasters (IBBA) as Pick of the Month for May 2015;
The song "Trouble" was awarded a Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, 2017;
2018 Best Washington Blues Recording nomination from Washington Blues Society - Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge;
2018 Best Blues Songwriter nomination from Washington Blues Society - Michele D'Amour;
2018 Best Bass nomination from Washington Blues Society - Patrick McDanel
2018 Washington Blues Society Finalist - band.
2018 the song Wiggle Room (title track from the band's 2018 album) and the song Hard Times both won a Bronze Medal from Global Music Awards.
2018 Wiggle Room made the IBBA (Independent Blues Broadcasters' Association) top album playlist in August and September.
Won "Best Blues Band" from LA Music Critic in January 2019.
May 10, 2019 the album Heart of Memphis debuted at #3 on Roots Music Report's national Jazzy Blues chart and at #5 for Washington state, #2 weeks prior to its release. Wiggle Room was at #6 nationally that same week, giving the band two albums in the top ten at the same time.
June 2019 - three Silver Medals from Global Music Awards for female vocalist (Michele D'Amour), band (Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers), and blues album (Heart of Memphis)
Fore more information on Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers, please visit their website.
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