Sounds Like: Janis Joplin, Heart, Brandi Carlile, Joni Mitchell, Ani DiFranco
Label: Lazy Bones Recordings
Manager: M. Jakobson
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 most recent solo record, Your Own Way, released in 2014, is an eclectic mix of musical style...See Full Bio
“Independent concert series Ladies Rise Up and Rock announced its second annual event today. The concert will be held next spring in Portland, Oregon at the prestigious Alberta Rose Theatre on Friday, April 11. Ladies Rise Up and Rock: Portland will be a retrospective show highlighting famous female singers from 1945 to the present day, headlined by local singer-songwriter Michele Van Kleef. The Portland chapter of this event will explore the importance of women in music through the decades, including songs by such powerhouse artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Carole King, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, Pat Benatar, Heart, Gwen Stefani, Alanis Morissette, and many more." It's designed to explore the legacy these influential female singers have left in the music world," says Carl J. Mancuso, creator of Ladies Rise Up and Rock. "I picked Michele [Van Kleef] because of her versatility. She's going to cover eras of different hit songs in a way that hasn't really happened up to this point." C.Mancuso”