Michele Stodart is an award-winning solo artist, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist now based in London, UK. Best renowned as bassist, vocalist and co-songwriter of Mercury-nominated, double-platinum selling band, The Magic Numbers, with whom she continues to play and tour world-wide. Michele has always pursued her own writing alongside her band and nurtured a love for folk/Americana artists as Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch. After almost a decade of touring, she took some time out to record an album of her own songs: Wide-Eyed Crossing (2012), a southern-drenched journey into Americana country blues. She soon became known for her intimate, heart-wrenching live performances, gaining her recognition for her solo material and helping to establish her as a singer-songwriter in her own right. She was signed by One Little Independent and a second solo album - Pieces (2016)- followed shortly after, receiving great critical acclaim for its melodic, cinematic, Americana-influenced confessional songs. Michele’s diverse skills as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and musical director have led to many collaborative projects in the studio or on stage with artists such as Kathryn Williams, Judy Collins, Allison Russell, Billy Bragg, Bernard Butler, David Ford, Natalie Imbruglia, Ren Harvieu, Charlie Dore, Julian Taylor, David Kitt, Hannah White, O'Hooley & Tidow amongst many others. In 2022, she received public recognition for her talent, when she was awarded the AMA-UK 'Instrumentalist Of The Year' award. In January 2023 she was invited back as musical director at the UK Americana Awards. Michele released her third solo album, 'Invitation' in September 2023.
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