Amazing female vocalists and Canada are almost synonymous, regardless of the genre of music you like. Names from Chantal Kreviasuk, Sarah McLachlan, Celine Dion and K.D. Lang come to mind amid a long list.
Well Michelle Owen hails from Toronto, and if her debut self-titled disk is any indication, she may soon be pushing her way into a listing of top Canadian female vocalists.
This girl is only 18, but two things are clearly evident in this disk, one she can flat out sing. Owen has a voice beyond her years. She knows how to control her vocals, to make them carry the emotion of the music.
More remarkable is the maturity Owen shows in writing both the music and lyrics throughout the 10-cut disk. On many of the songs Douglas Romanow has co-writing credits, but on some she does solo. Impressive indeed.
Songs such as Who Made It So and Holding On are hits among a particularly strong debut disk.
The musicianship behind Owen is also top-drawer, including guitarist Sean Ashby, who has worked with McLachlan in the past, and has played 5th Avenue Cup & Saucer and the Yorkton Legion in the last couple of years.
This is a disk which should be sought out since it is going to be the launch of a very impressive career.
Check her out at www.michelleowenmusic.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Feb 9, 2011 - Yorkton, SK. Canada