...and in the afternoon spot: Michele van Kleef!
Michele has been singing for as long as she can remember. After piano and voice lessons, theater and musicals through high school, she went to Oregon State University and minored in Vocal Performance.
Soon after graduating, she joined the very successful, NW-based Indie band Calobo. They started out playing the NW Colleges, house parties and local bars. After everyone was done with school they decided to go full time in 1994 and toured the country for the next 6 years. They played the Wetlands in NYC, House of Blues in Chicago, The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, and the epic music festival, Bumbershoot, on the Stadium Stage in Seattle. When all was said and done, Calobo released 5 full length records, the final being recorded Live at the Crystal Ballroom in our hometown of Portland, Ore.
After Calobo, Michele joined up with LazyBones Recordings as Mackabella in Seattle. They released the self-titled album Mackabella in 2001. Many of these songs have been placed in the TV/Film Industry. Willing has had the most placements: a movie trailer for the Johnny Cash story Walk the Line, and spoof of the same film, Walk Hard, among many others. Additional recent song placements includes VH1, Fox, NBC, T-Mobile, 90210, Lifetime, MTV, South of Nowhere, and Roswell.
Michele took some time off to start a family, but is thrilled to be playing music again. She's been focusing on her own songs that are true from her heart, sometimes funny, and she is more than ready to share them.