With her band, cajon (box drum), drums and acoustic guitar, songwriter Michelle Mangione challenges the world of live music to rise to a very intimate and honest level.
To date, she has released 4 Independent CDs and numerous independent videos.
She is frequently seen playing guitar and "feet drums" at the same time, a skill she learned out of necessity. "I couldn't afford to pay a drummer, and needed the percussive edge in our acoustic shows, so I devised a pedal driven drum set that I could play with my feet", says Mangione.
Her signature blend of percussion-infused acoustic music has been featured on radio stations including KLOS Los Angeles, WWOZ New Orleans. Her music has also been licensed for TV and film productions including BBC's production of "Skins", MTV's "New Now Next Music Awards" & the award winning film "True Rights"..
Michelle has co-written songs with Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) and Exene Cervenka (X). When she released "The Edge of Madness", which was her second collaboration with rock icon Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) the song was chosen as one of Rolling Stone Magazine's "Top Singles". The single featured many artists who donated their performances for the cause. All of the proceeds were been donated to victims of the Gulf Coast disasters.
A familiar face in the Los Angeles music scene, Mangione first polished her chops playing drums for such greats as saxophonist Buddy Collette and guitarist Robben Ford. An accomplished drummer by age 16, Mangione taught herself to play guitar, bass and piano while growing up in Los Angeles. She studied under legendary jazz drummer Kay Carlson before going on to graduate at a young age from Percussion Institute of Technology in Hollywood. She later taught at PIT and then became a successful road musician.
Most of her recordings are created primarily by Mangione in her home “bedroom” studio – from writing to arrangements, to production to performances. In addition to most of the acoustic and electric guitar work on the records, she plays drums, piano and percussion. ”Financial constraints” translates to “get as creative as you can with what you have” for the artist, who was once seen putting on a pair of heavy boots in the bathroom to get that specific sound “only these boots can make” for the recording of the song “Sticky Fingers.” Michelle also assembles teams of some of her favorite musicians to play on the recordings, including Greg Leisz (Beck, Joni Mitchell, Robert Plant & Alison Kraus), Duncan Cameron (Amazing Rhythm Aces, Little Feat, Sawyer Brown).
Michelle Mangione’s music is available on her website and on iTunes, as well as other outlets that she probably doesn't know about, so please buy from the official site.