+ Support by Nathan Somevi
Close your eyes when Michelle Willis sings and you might feel like you are at the Brill Building in the early ’60s when Carole King ran the show with her prolific pop melodies. Yet this singer-songwriter also has a modern flair that plays along with the spirited jams of Lake Street Dive and the hearty roots of Tedeschi Trucks Band. —Glide Magazine
British-born, Canadian-raised Michelle Willis is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who amassed an impressive resume touring and recording with myriad musicians (David Crosby, Michael McDonald, Becca Stevens, Snarky Puppy, Iggy Pop, and others).
“One of my favourite singers in my whole life… just amazing… fluid, powerful, graceful… such a fine writer… a SOULFUL, rich, deep player and bandleader who just swings as if her life depended on it.”
– David Crosby
Support by Nathan Somevi
Nathan Somevi, a Ghanaian-born British musician, honed his musical talents in the vibrant atmosphere of church performances during his upbringing. Inspired by his roots, he embarked on a musical journey enriched by diverse influences. Among his inspirations, the innovative guitar stylings of Charlie Hunter have left an indelible mark on Somevi’s sound, particularly his use of hybrid guitars blending bass and guitar elements, contributing to the captivating essence of his musical projects.
In 2020, Somevi released his EP “Can’t Be Done,” a testament to his evolving artistry. Following this success, he continued to push boundaries, releasing “Brave” in 2023, further solidifying his position as a versatile and dynamic artist.
Throughout his career, Somevi’s talent has not gone unnoticed. He was honored with nominations for both the Scottish Alternative Music Award in 2020 and the Scottish Jazz Award in 2023, affirming his impact on the contemporary music scene. While initially recognized for his contributions as a session musician, the challenges presented by the pandemic encouraged Somevi to explore new avenues, leading him to discover the joy of creating his own music and finding fulfillment in expressing his unique musical voice.”