Van Kleef’s groove rock, features Michele's classically trained, soulful voice, ranging from the reminiscent sounds of Janis Joplin to the compelling melodies and pure tones of Joni Mitchell.
Van Kleef's 2nd solo record, Your Own Way, with a release date of June 6, 2014, is an eclectic mix of musical styles and was recorded at Portland's Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studios. Led by the incomparable Producer/Guitarist Tim Ellis, featuring Hall & Oates drummer Michael Braun, Troy Welstad (Pink, A Fine Frenzy, Hilary Duff) on keyboards, and Jamin Swenson on bass. Rock Violinist, Aaron Meyer added his talents to a couple tracks as well as Calobo bandmate, Caleb Klauder, on mandolin and Carl Smith on percussion throughout.
Michele's first solo album "After All" features her soulful voice, memorable melodies and storytelling lyrics. The record was mixed by Tchad Blake (2x Grammy Award Winner for Sheryl Crow and Suzanne Vega) and includes legendary bass player Tony Levin plus Nate Query from The Decemberists. Three tracks from this record were played overhead in all Starbucks coffee houses worldwide, as well as on three episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Prior to recording her solo venture, Michele was a singer in the very successful, NW-based band, Calobo. The Indie band toured the U.S. for over 6 years and released 5 records. After Calobo disbanded, 2 of the members helped found the Decemberists. Calobo's recent 2012 reunion mini tour was met with thousands of nostalgic fans and great success.
Michele's next project was leading the Seattle based trio, Mackabella (Lazy Bones Recordings). Known for its unique brand of lush rock/pop, Mackabella's music was licensed by 90210, Walk The Line, Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS, VH1, T-Mobile and MTV.