Michel’le: Michel’le (1989)

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By Scott Goldfine

Out of Los Angeles comes the fiery and soulful debut of Michel’le (pronounced Me-shell-lay). The 18-year-old songstress, who co-wrote more than half of the album’s dozen tunes, wavers between attitude-heavy dance slams and emotion-drenched ballads with gutsy abandon. Local rap producing wizard Dr. Dre (NWA, Eazy-E, J.J. Fad) oversees things with surprising finesse. The man who has said he can’t explain what he does ― he just does it — imbues the project with the right combination of street savvy and tenderness.

The shuffling single “No More Lies” starts the disc off with a fury, and the down-and-dirty funker “Nicety” keeps things hot and smoldering. That particular track is a personal fave and should be the follow-up single. This collection also features the affecting duet “If” (with Michael Holmes), a somewhat tame reinterpretation of Enchantment’s sentimental hit of the 1970s, “Silly Love Song,” and the liberated punch of “100% Woman.”

One curious thing, which I’ll call the Jim Nabors Phenomenon, Michel’le sounds like a nightingale when she sings and Betty Boop when she speaks. Go figure. In any event, her brazen approach is a breath of fresh air amid the recent sludge of thin-voiced female “R&B” vocalists. Much to her credit she doesn’t succumb to the overkill that plagues so many new singers. Instead, she serves up a tasty platter with sass-to-spare, modern soul for the 1990s.


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Scott Goldfine

As a fervid lifelong music & film enthusiast / student, I grew up in and around the Los Angeles entertainment industry. I have worked and held many positions in various media realms, since 1998 serving as Editor-in-Chief and now Associate Publisher for Security Sales & Integration, a trade publication serving the electronic security industry. I love several genres of music & film. The former includes funk (Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, Ohio Players, etc.); blues (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Eric Gales, etc.); rock (Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, etc.); hard rock (AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, etc.); jazz (Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Crusaders, etc.); R&B (Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Gil Scott-Heron, etc.); and more. I was a club disc jockey and ran a mobile DJ company (Musical Moods) for more than 15 years, which is where the name Dr. GX originates (Doctor Good Times). Fave film genres include horror (Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc.); science fiction (Aliens, Terminator, 2001, etc.); action (Warriors, Road Warrior, Die Hard); westerns (Outlaw Josey Wales, Showdown at OK Corral; Wild Bunch, etc.); suspense (Jaws, Inception, Silence of the Lambs, etc.); drama (Apocalypse Now, Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, etc.); and comedies (Life of Brian, Superbad, Ruthless People, etc.). I have attended many hundreds of concerts and movies (in theaters or screenings). I may as well also throw in a few favorite TV shows to give an even broader taste of my sensibilities. A handful would be Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Lost, Justified, Fargo, Seinfeld, Sopranos, South Park, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Key & Peele, Monty Python, Inside Amy Schumer, Louie, Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Last Man on Earth, Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family and The Office. Fave authors are Stephen King, Clive Barker and Michael Crichton. I am also a big sports fan and lifelong supporter of the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB). Also enjoy my family of course, electronics/computers/AV gear, and animals, nature and outdoor activities. Graduate of Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica College and California State University Northridge (Radio-TV-Film, Psychology minor). Also studied at UCLA for kinesiology/psychology and earned post-grad Certificate in Accounting from Santa Monica College. Present main occupation is as Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Security Sales & Integration (SSI), which I joined in 1998. I am responsible for overseeing all editorial content in print. online, electronic, in-person and any other media or products for the electronic security industry's leading business-to-business trade publication. SSI is part of Framingham, Mass.-based Emerald Expositions.