Shooter Jennings just played Michael-Ann’s song “Heavy Load” on Sirius XM Outlaw Country radio.
Michael-Ann performed in the upcoming “Shot of Love”, and also sang the title track. The film documents the Bob Dylan tribute show on May 20, 2016 at Brennan’s Pub in Marina del Rey, CA, which featured 30 Los Angeles-based artists performing their favorite Bob Dylan songs.
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There are singers, and there are passion singers: emotive vocalists with full-bodied tones who couldn’t sound noncommittal if they tried. Count Michael-Ann Azoulai among the latter.
Azoulai, who professionally goes by Michael-Ann, has a history of following her passions. After college, while selling advertising in Washington, DC, she jumped at an Israeli friend’s invitation to visit. Her adventure in Israel (where she met her now-ex-husband, also a musician) lasted a year.
“The trend in today’s column is female singer-songwriters on self-made, indie discs… But it’s Michael-Ann who waltzes off with this week’s DisCovery Award.”
– Robert Oermann, Music Row
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.”
Michael-Ann started her musical journey at an early age. She learned to play guitar through her friend’s musical family in the Ozarks of Missouri. It was there she learned to play 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.
Now living in Los Angeles, Michael Ann has opened for Paula Nelson in Kansas City, Blake Shelton, and most recently for Wynonna, Lee Ann Womack, Melanie, John Hiatt, Wanda Jackson, Joan Osborne, Don McLean, Mark Chesnutt, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Bridges, Eddie Money, Judy Collins, Richie Furay and Marc Cohn. She has toured and performed 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 release Heavy Load has received airplay on over 75 radio stations nationally and internationally.
Stay tuned for more exciting developments in the works!
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|09 Feb 2018||Opening for Pure Prairie League at The Canyon|
|05 Dec 2017||The Viper Room, West Hollywood CA|
|31 Oct 2017||The Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, CA|
|15 Sep 2017||Bobby's Idle Hour, Nashville TN|
|14 Sep 2017||Alternate Root & California Country Records Showcase|
|14 Sep 2017||Bobby's Idle Hour, Nashville TN|
|15 Jun 2017||The Coffee Gallery, Altadena, CA|
|24 May 2017||Finn McCools, Santa Monica, CA|
|14 May 2017||L.A. Talk Radio|