Caribbean-born Michele Stodart is an award-winning solo artist, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist now based in London. Best renowned as bassist, vocalist and co-songwriter of Mercury-nominated, double-platinum selling band, The Magic Numbers, with whom she continues to play and tour world-wide.
Michele has always pursued her own writing alongside her band and nurtured a love for folk/Americana artists as Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch. After almost a decade of touring, she took some time out to record an album of her own songs: Wide-Eyed Crossing (2012), a southern-drenched journey into Americana country blues. She soon became known for her intimate, heart-wrenching live performances, gaining her recognition for her solo material and helping to establish her as a singer-songwriter in her own right. She was signed by One Little Independent and a second solo album – Pieces (2016)- followed shortly after, receiving great critical acclaim for its melodic, cinematic, Americana-influenced confessional songs.
Michele’s diverse skills as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and musical director have led to many collaborative projects in the studio or on stage with artists such as Kathryn Williams, Billy Bragg, Bernard Butler, David Ford, Natalie Imbruglia, Ren Harvieu, Charlie Dore, David Kitt, Hannah White, Rachel Sermanni, O’Hooley & Tidow amongst many others.
In 2022, she received public recognition for her talent, when she was awarded the AMA-UK ‘Instrumentalist Of The Year’ award. In January 2023 she was invited back as musical director at the UK Americana Awards.
Michele will be releasing her third solo album ‘Invitation’ in September 23 and will be touring in support of the album shortly thereafter.
“To say that Michele’s songs are ‘rich’ is rather an understatement – it has become the norm for the majority of people at her gigs to leave either speechless, or (and more often the case) crying…. Michele’s solo music is truly breath-taking.” – For Folk’s Sake
“Steeped in languid melancholy… [it] sits in a rich tradition that encompasses such touchstone female performers as Karen Dalton, Judee Sill… Emmylou Harris or Gillian Welch… ‘Pieces’ may just be the most impressive record she’s ever made” – 8/10 – Uncut
“…new ideas, melancholic beats and Hope Sandoval-styled smoke to the sound, her vocals creating a cinematic feel… a beautiful record, with Stodart’s home brew of Americana offering a refreshing taste.” – 4/5 – Narc Magazine
“Pieces is a beautifully delicate and emotionally open album… the skilful nature of Michele’s musicianship and her ability to craft a song with meaning that it imitates no one and burns with a soulful fire from start to finish.” – Even The Stars
“bearing traces of folk, country and soul… the music manages to be both tuneful and mournful, jaunty yet sad. What a combo, one that never fails to deliver.” – The Guardian
“If the music style is a variant of widescreen country/roots (think a smoother Lucinda Williams), then the lyric content is no less confessional… Calm, reflective, sober – for good reason, the magic number here is one” – Irish Times
Support: Katie Spencer
“Her articulate picking, with suggestions of folk and jazz, frames intelligently written songs and is the
backbone to her music.” Guitarist Magazine
“Imaginative imagery supported by compelling music that summons up the best of early 70s folk,
fluently delivered with its own contemporary power.
An outstanding writer and musician.” Record Collector
“Katie Spencer sits gracefully in a vocal nook between Sandy Denny, Linda Thompson and, to conjure a name we hear less often these days, Bridget St John.”
Date of event:25th November 2023