Michael-Ann started her musical journey at an early age. Her best memories are from visiting her friend's musical family in the Ozarks of Missouri. It was there she learned to play guitar with strings 1/2" off the fret... a painful but rewarding experience. She would go every weekend and savor the flavor of down-home hospitality and song. Each weekend included a musical performance with various members of the extended family. She then decided she wanted to dip her toes in the waters of Nashville. Several record labels were interested in her music, but she chose to travel overseas first, to broaden her life experience. Since returning to the States, she has been involved with various productions including New York's "Woody Guthrie's American Song" (a touring show about the life of Woody Guthrie), and has had her original music featured in the play "Sweet Bye and Bye".
Now living in Los Angeles, Michael Ann has been seen singing with the likes of Ricky Skaggs,
The Rainmakers, and the Ravens, and has been heard on several music compilations as well. She has opened for Paula Nelson in Kansas City, Blake Shelton, and most recently for Joan Osborne, Don McLean, Mark Chesnutt, and Kenny Rogers. She has performed with her band at various clubs including The Coach House, The Saban Theater, Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, The Canyon Club, The Hotel Cafe, The Viper Room, Ranch Party, Room 5, Genghis Cohen, and Three of Clubs. Her new release Heavy Load is already receiving airplay on several radio stations nationally and internationally. Stay tuned for more exciting developments in the works!
reviews for Michael-Ann
Robert Oermann, Music Row
"This L.A. singer-songwriter emotes beautifully on the title tune of her CD. Her moaning alto breaks in all the right places while dobro, fiddle and her own acoustic guitar drawl along in a bluesy river of sound. The rest of the album proves this track isn’t a fluke: These are all first-rate songs. Extremely promising."
Chuck Dauphin, Music News Nashville
"All in all, there’s a lot here to choose from, with the pure emotional touch of “Bring It On Home” being the emotional,
lyrical, and vocal masterpiece that is going to earn Michael-Ann many more chances to impress a crowd. Needless to say, she’s on her way!"
Michael-Ann Azoulai – Heavy Load
Cybergrass, The Bluegrass News Network
"If you've not yet heard of Michael-Ann, you certainly will. The artist has opened for music heavies Kenny Rogers,
Blake Shelton, Joan Osborne, Mark Chesnutt and Don McLean... Michael-Ann's new record, Heavy Load
will definitely appeal to fans of traditional Country and Bluegrass music, and still keep devotees of Americana music happy."
Michael-Ann to Release Bluegrass/Americana Album Heavy Load
Louis Fowler, Red Dirt Report
"Michael-Ann’s is the first Americana album in a long time that I not only listened to all the way through, but am getting ready to do so all over again. This Heavy Load is definitely worth picking up. Michael-Ann – Heavy Load
Music Morsels Reviews
"If Nashville is going to wake up and step further away from the generic pop country of too many recent years,
Michael-Ann could be someone who helps them take those steps."
Michael-Ann – Heavy Load
Riveting Riffs Magazine
"I Would is unmistakably the most beautiful song from Michael-Ann Azoulai’s new album
Heavy Load." Michael-Ann Azoulai Releases New Album - Heavy Load
Will Phoenix, Examiner
"Michael-Ann has something that just might find her headlining in Osborne’s place.
In fact, don’t be surprised if one day your indie-inspired author one day writes about
Michael-Ann’s opening act." Michael-Ann captivates Canyon Club
Tony Haynes: Award-winning writer for Earth Wind and Fire, and numerous gold records
"Michael Ann's music is classic and contemporary all at once. It moves me and makes me feel...
I enjoy the texture of her vocals, her lyrics & her melodic soul".
Females on Fire 2
"Michael-Ann is a true performer, who delivered a fiery performance, and got the crowd
"...this artist has a voice that is reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, but has a depth and quality that is undeniable. She transcends the mundane in music to touch the depths of a person's soul."