Michelle was chosen as one of his April 2006 Top Ten jazz performances to see live. Others included, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Werner, Paul Bollenback Trio, Dave Liebman, Bucky Pizzarelli and the Yellowjackets.
“The Washington-bred jazz vocalist has a penchant for choice pop ballads, but it’s her soulful voice and thoughtful interpretations that set her apart.
“Walker’s new recording…has seductive charm…“Slow Down” is more than a title, it’s an invitation that’s hard to resist… [and it]…illustrates Walker’s soulful and often soul-comforting allure. [She has]…a voice naturally tilted toward the blues end of the jazz spectrum. “
“For a debut jazz vocals CD, SLOW DOWN is excitingly original in concept and innovative approach, and the vocals of Michelle Walker are topnotch. Michelle Walker has a sensual, restrained, melodic voice that will attract new listeners in the jazz listening audience. Every note is perfectly sounded, every emotion is perfectly visualized as well as vocalized, and her voice is very poignant. “
All About Jazz
“Walker possesses a set of strong vocal chords which she uses with remarkable restraint…it’s obvious that she has the physical equipment to belt out everything she sings…using her vocal powers like a small hand gun rather than as a howitzer. She also demonstrates an extraordinary degree of musicality as she adds subtle alterations to melody lines, going up when one expects her to go down and other ear catching devices! “
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