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Michal

Sky with Stars

(Columbia)

You’re bound to live a different childhood than your peers when you begin to play classical piano at six years old. You know you’re pretty talented when at 13 you start writing your own songs and music to go with the lyrics. That’s why at 19 years old Michal had her debut CD Sky with Stars out in stores on a major label.


Michal was born in Israel and named after the Biblical leader David’s wife. She’s experienced all sorts of culture when her family moved to New York at an early age. In fact, she quickly caught the ears of local music teachers, which led her to study classical piano on a scholarship.


Surprisingly enough, Michal’s first CD purchase was Nirvana’s Nevermind, quite a departure from her mellow, classical style playing abilities. In fact, because Michal is open to all styles of music, she is able to appreciate the artistry involved in any genre. That album also inspired her to go out and get a guitar of her own, which she eventually learned to play all by herself.


Through her grasping of other styles, she is able to bridge the worlds of classical music with those of jazz and rock on Sky with Stars. Take the album’s lead off track “My Friend,” which has some light guitar mixed in with a poppy sound. That tune was one of the first that Michal ever wrote back in her younger years. Then there’s the introspective classical styled piece “Ripe,” which talks of Michal relationship with her mother. The lyrics are touching and this songwriter is very open and willing to share recollections from her private diary.


The album’s big challenge is the fact that Michal is only 19 years old, but her style is more appealing to an older audience. Since she is just a teenager though, some lyrics are difficult for the adult crowd to relate to. Take for instance “April is Gone,” in which Michal describes a fight with a school aged friend or “Perfect” when she sings of wanting to be like a popular, stand out student in high school. Michal certainly has the ability to hang around for a long time, and it’s safe to say that lyrically maturity will come with age to match her musical intricacy.

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