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Her soulful vocals resound a stark contrast to her kickboxing prowess. R&B/Neo-Soul singer 'Michele' takes you on a journey with her dreamy music and soulful voice. Her music inspiration comes from listening to all genres of music from all sides of the world as she tries to break barriers incorporating different styles into her songs. musivv caught up with the promising songstress.

What's the biggest dream as a singer?

At this moment in my career, it’s to reach as many people as possible through my music, I don’t want to be heard as Michele, I just want my music to be heard. My music is the most important to me and I try to put it at the forefront of anything I do rather than myself as a person if that makes sense.

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Who inspired you to be a singer?

I always had this dream of becoming a singer, pretty much since I started singing which was at around 3-4 years old. I would say my inspiration, in general, was always watching talent shows like The Voice, American Idol and seeing people of my age perform and, as corny as it sounds, live their dream. But if I want to get specific, when I started creating and writing my own music two years ago, I can definitely say that Shébani is someone who inspired me to start putting myself out there.

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What's your songwriting process?

It’s always melody first with me. I usually sit down at my piano and come up with a melody or find a loop online I vibe with, once I do, I start singing gibberish based on how I’m feeling or the mood of the melody. Once I have a somehow structured song, I get to writing the lyrics and that’s honestly my biggest struggle (laughs).

Who would be at the top of your list when it comes to songwriting?

I think Nao and Julia Michaels are amazing songwriters, they’re both so different in the way they convey their messages. Nao is very poetic and Julia communicates her messages with the most simple and straightforward lyrics. It’s very interesting and inspiring to see the different ways you can tell a story.

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Tell us about kickboxing. How did that come about?

I started kickboxing 5 years ago, my best friend introduced me to it at the time when I was starting to get into fitness (or when she forced me to get into fitness [laughs], which I’m very thankful for looking back). Once I started, I never stopped, it’s definitely the only form of exercise I enjoy doing, it takes a lot to get me to move I’m the laziest person. I’m not gonna lie though, I haven’t been kickboxing since the beginning of the pandemic, but I’ve been itching to get back to it.

Best athlete-turned singer?

I honestly can’t think of anyone, I even googled it and no name sounded familiar… feels like I’ll be losing brownie points over this

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What gives you a sense of serenity, kickboxing or music?

Both are for sure, but it depends on my mood. If I’m frustrated or angry, I let it out with kickboxing, if I’m feeling down, I sing it out with my piano. They both bring that sense of zen, if I sing or even just listen to music it calms me down and after a kickboxing session the adrenaline makes me happy and I feel so rested.

How are you coping with the whole Covid-19 crisis?

So much better now, it started out great for me, I thought I was going to do so much and create so much with all the free time I had but it ended up being one of the hardest times because I really fell into this hole of overthinking and darkness.ender