Swiss Minnesotan singer-songwriter, Michelle Ariane expresses her broad musical education through her latest hit, “Let It Burn”. From growing up in a musical family to graduating with honors at the Los Angeles College of Music (Vocal Performance), Michelle demonstrates dedication to music. After releasing her debut album, 'Beautiful Angel' in 2017, she decided to return to Switzerland from LA to establish her career in the European music industry. Since then, she has played venues across Switzerland and Europe, while also offering in-house personal concerts.
Michelle’s single “Let It Burn” begins with beautiful and complex strumming combined with powerful background piano chords. With soft instrumentation throughout the verse, Michelle’s lyrics are mesmerizing. Michelle creates a powerful message for positive change, and for accepting reality. The ground stomping chorus features genres such as; blues, jazz, soul, and rock. “Let It Burn” incorporates Michelle Ariane’s broad vocal range while being supported by her soulful instrumentation. Michelle was born to be a performer, and she proves it through each melody.
Listen to "Let It Burn" here.
Welcome to BuzzMusic Michelle Ariane! We’re incredibly excited to feature your song “Let It Burn”! You seem to have a very broad music style, who were some role models?
Oh my gosh – There are so many it’s hard to pick. Music to me is all about storytelling. Which is why I found a deep appreciation for Songwriters such as Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, and Carole King. As a vocalist, on the other hand, I have a love for all the big voices such as Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Tina Turner. So in my songwriting, I try to combine those two elements into a song that resonates with listeners.
You’ve mentioned that you grew up in a musical family, were you always a singer at heart? Or did the family help steer you in that direction?
My family and I would sing a lot – it was just something we did to entertain ourselves – like playing board games and going out for walks. So I never thought this could be a career choice until I was in my teens, and neither did my parents. But once I made my decision, I had their full support for my creative journey – and still do.
“Let It Burn” is such a powerful song with incredible imagery. Where did you draw inspiration for the song?
I learned early on, that people come into your life, but some don’t stay. Mostly because they were only meant to be there for a certain time to teach you something. Others are meant to stay, but it’s a conscious decision to do so – especially after a fight.
So after an explosive fight that I had with a person that is a constant loving presence in my life I wasn’t sure if we could recover from it. That’s why the question is left in the air – ‘will you take my hand, start again – I don’t know’.
You’ve been back in Switzerland for a few months now, are you still working on your upcoming album 'Bridge The Great Divide'?
My producer Marc Lacuasta lives in Michigan, so with the 6 hour time difference between us two, it’s been an interesting process of finalizing the record, filled with emails and skype sessions late at night. At last, I’m currently listening to the masters of the new album before we send it to print and it sounds soo good it makes me giddy.
What can we expect to see from you throughout 2020?
I’m releasing two more singles from the album, on February 28th and March 27th, before the actual album ‘Bridge the Great Divide’ releases in April joined with a music video release.
After the release, it’s time to take the show on the road and share this music with as many people as possible. I know, the encounters at these concerts will inspire many new songs to be recorded and shared.