Award-winning singer, songwriter, musician, actor, dancer and voiceover artist Michelle Creber has released the brand new album titled ‘Storm’.
Michelle has taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her latest album release. Find out what she had to say below.
Hey Michelle, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Michelle: For sure, thanks for having me! I am a singer-songwriter, actor, voice-actor, dancer, and musician based out of Vancouver, Canada! My sound is pop with a twist of rock, jazz, and a few other unexpected genres. My goal is to bring more meaningful themes and thought-provoking messages back into the pop world.
When did you first discover your love for music?
Michelle: I grew up in an extremely musical household as my parents, Michael and Monique Creber, are both professional musicians. They ran a music school when I was born, so before I could even talk, I was sitting there on my mom’s lap at the piano, soaking it all in. My passion for music never wavered after that as my entire childhood consisted of musical theatre projects, live performances, piano lessons, drum lessons, guitar lessons, vocal sessions and more.
Have you always known that music was a career that you wanted to pursue?
Michelle: There was never really one moment when I decided to be a musician, it has just always been my reality. I am also a big believer in keeping your options open and having as many tools in your tool belt as you can manage. So although a lot of my career revolves around my music, singing has always crossed over into voice acting, voice acting is always carving new paths in Film & TV, Film & TV often requires dance experience and good dancing requires solid musicality. It’s sort of an endless cycle and I don’t like to look at it as choosing one thing over the other. What especially drives me forward as a singer-songwriter, however, is my desire to make a difference in people’s lives and I’ve realized that one of the best ways I can do that is through music.
Your album “Storm” is out now, how did the idea to create this album come together?
Michelle: The initial title of this album was 11 Letters, and the concept was going to be that each song was written directly for a person or a group of people in my life. As months went on, the concept became less about writing specific letters, and more about diving into emotional storms that everybody encounters. By tweaking this concept slightly, I felt it would give listeners more permission to connect their own stories and experiences to the music.
What are some of the main influences behind this album?
Michelle: I’m not sure this album was particularly influenced by anybody or anything outside of myself and the producers/musicians. Of course we all have our backgrounds and our favorite styles and artists, but I try not to think too much about what my songs sound like compared to others. I want to create something very unique to me. Lyrically, many of my songs end up being influenced by something personal and emotionally pressing to me in the moment. However, I try my best to draw inspiration from a variety of sources. I turn to objects, and stories, and strangers, and places, and elements as well. I’ve used personification a lot in my latest songs. For example, in the song “Lighthouse” on Storm, the lighthouse represents a person who too often looks out for others without shining any light on themselves.
How would you describe the creative process behind this album compared to your previous releases?
Michelle: Although I was more picky than usual with my vocals and the production, I knew from the very beginning what the structure of the album would look like. I even had the track list laid out months before the songs were finalized, and that’s usually one of the last steps that happen.
What does the album personally mean to you?
Michelle: This album is a very important milestone for me both professionally and personally. It represents the many strides I have taken recently to hone in on my artistic vision as well as the effort I have put into improving my own attitude and healing from past regrets. I feel like I will be able to hand this album to anyone and be able to say, hey, this is me in a nutshell. I am extremely proud of Storm and I am so excited to share it with everyone.
If listeners could take away one message from this album, what would you like it to be?
Michelle: Storms come and go, they are inevitable. Therefore, it’s not about what we do to try and prevent them, it’s about how we handle them and what we do to try and learn and grow from them.
Aside from music, you are also a very talented actor & voice over artist. How did the inspiration to enter the voice-over world come together?
Michelle: It was a pretty natural progression. We have always had a recording studio at home and and even though I had to sit on a very tall stool to reach the mic when I was young, I loved being in there. When I was 4, an opportunity came up to voice one of the singing animals in an animation project that my parents were working on. Of course, I was super keen and after that, I got an agent, booked more and more gigs and that was that! Film & TV came a little bit later, starting when I was 8.
What have been some of your favourite roles so far & why?
Michelle: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is pretty hard to beat. I consider myself extremely lucky to be a part of a TV show that has had such a positive influence on so many people. I have been on the show since I was 9 years old and the world-wide community that built around it continues to astound me every day. Other favourites were voicing Wendy in a Peter Pan series, voicing the iconic Lucy in Charlie Brown/Peanuts, and then the onscreen role of Kelly in the gritty, western CBC show, Strange Empire.
What advice would you offer someone looking to pursue a career in voice-over acting?
Michelle: Voice acting is, in many ways, quite similar to musical theatre. Therefore, to younger people I often recommend performing in their school plays & shows as much as possible, getting comfortable with the sound of their own voice and learning what it takes to get your story across to the audience members at the very back of the theatre.
Those principles crossover extremely well into voice-acting where there are also many barriers between you and your audience. Singing can play a big part in voice over careers as well because many cartoons require actors to sing for their characters. See what I meant earlier about cross over?
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Michelle: Aside from writing, my hobbies include hiking, indoor rock climbing, escape rooms, zip-lining, drone flying, bungee jumping and a whole bunch of other adventurous things! I’m definitely an adventurous nut, as well as a social nut. I absolutely love spending time with people (as well as my dog and two ferrets) and I really recharge around others.
If you could perform a duet with anyone in the world, who would it be & why?
Michelle: My dream is to one day perform alongside Sara Bareilles as she has always been one of my main musical inspirations. Sara found that perfect balance between pop melodies that everyone could enjoy, with messages that convey hope and could change people’s lives. Performing with her would be a dream come true.
What is one song you always keep on your playlist & why?
Michelle: “Voulez-vous” has been my alarm clock/wake-up song for way too many years now, but I am still not sick of it! Who doesn’t love Abba, right?
What was the last TV series you binge-watched & did you enjoy it?
Michelle: I don’t watch a ton of TV but I just binge-watched the 7th season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Netflix and I VERY much enjoyed it. 99 is definitely my second favourite show after The Office!
Finally, is there anything you would like to say to the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Michelle: I pursue music because I believe it is one of the most powerful and positive forces we have. Therefore, if you happen to listen to some of my songs after reading this, I hope they make you smile and make your day just a little bit brighter. I also hope everyone is safe and healthy and able to be with their families during these uncertain and challenging times. Thanks for all the great questions!
You can check out the full album on Spotify below.