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Brent Michelle was recently endorsed by Zager Guitars, and with her beautiful new guitar, she recorded her newly released single, Round and Round (now on iTunes everywhere!). She is working on releasing a new EP. In the summer of 2012, Brent spent three weeks in Israel as part of the Hallelujah Global Jewish Singing Contest. Chosen as one of the 14 finalists out of hundreds of submissions from around the world, she performed in front of thousands (and for a major TV network) for the final competition.
Brent Michelle was born in Mexico City, Mexico. Her family relocated to Florida at the age of 9 and alongside her competitive gymnastics career, she started performing in her school choir and musical theater shows. Brent found her inspiration and love for music through her grandpa, who loved singing opera, and her mom, a music teacher, who made her passion for singing evident in the household and rightly so, passed it along. She found a true love for the stage during her teenage years, welcoming discipline, determination and creativity into her theatrical world. She picked up her mom's guitar at the age of 16 and played three notes for a few months. Thankfully, her parents and sister didn't complain about the never-ending three note practices, so she didn't stop. At 18, after learning a few more notes, she wrote her first song, originally a spur-of-the-moment poem, performed it with a couple of harmony-friendly friends and placed third in a high school talent show.
Brent Michelle's focus during her college years veered away from music and more toward her academic career (and of course, social life), but she did manage to buy a hand-me-down black guitar which excitedly accompanied her to Los Angeles. She moved to L.A. in the summer of 2008 after graduating and started performing in open mics for fun. She loved being back on stage and began to pick up some gigs and perform in different venues around Los Angeles, Florida and New York City. She released an EP in 2010 under the name "Michelle Brent". Michelle is her middle name and that is what she grew up being called, until she was finally brave enough to switch to her first name, Brent. Usually accompanied by John Gannon on the cajon, she currently performs in local favorite venues like The Hotel Cafe, The House of Blues, The Mint and Room 5. Brent met John through a mutual friend a few years ago (they keep losing count), hit it off right away, and have shared the stage since. Brent Michelle, alongside John also had a three month residency at the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica.
Brent has been featured in showcases with Planet L.A. Records, Hollywood Music In Media Awards, Studio City Sound (with Grammy winner Tom Weir), L.A. Women in Music, UCLA Relay for Life, amongst others. She also showcased in SXSW in 2012 with GoGirls, Music Gorilla and Planet L.A. Records.