Michelle Truman is definitely not your typical blonde, be it platinum or other. A triple threat on any given day, this standout singer more recently seen and heard with AbbaMania and Snake Oil Sinners, is a beacon behind the mic, and even more so parading across a stage near you.
A Sorceress, weaving a lyrical spell that nails your attention, and grabs you by the ears to hear the softest of notes to a pitch of a higher range that would even have a banshee stop and take notice.
Yet, this is the versatility that allows Michelle to range her travails from session work to stage, and allowing her to criss-cross this continent, and fill clubs and auditoriums across our great land.
This recent line of questions comes as Ms.Truman celebrates blowing out candles on her birthday cake, highlighting another year of accomplishments and memories.
So, Ms. Truman, when did you first start singing?
My first memories of singing were around the age of 14. I didn’t know I could sing until then. I would sing, but I didn’t know I was doing anything special.
Just what did your family do to encourage you?
My family is great. My mom was a huge part of how I got to where I am. I grew up acting: commercials, film, magazine modelling, and she was the one who was driving me to every gig, audition, call back, go-see. Taking me out of school to be onset for 15 hour days. Tho, she never pushed me to do it, I loved it and she made it accessible. I owe my transition into music to her.
Who else in your family sings?
My dad, in privacy is a great singer. He doesn’t really know it tho. He only hums Sinatra round the house or driving, he’s got perfect pitch.
Who are your musical inspirations, and what inspires you to do what you do?
I find my inspiration, not from a person or people, but from the feeling I get when I’m onstage or studio. Its always a confirmation that THIS IS WHAT I’M MEANT TO DO, and the rush and energy that takes over is my inspiration. The place I’m most comfortable in life is onstage. It feels safe in a way, its where I thrive. I’m more comfortable and confident onstage than at a dinner table ha
What kind of music do you listen to today?
Same as I always have
Depending on the mood, classic rock, old punk. Always adored music of the British Invasion. There are some great bands out right now that I’m diggin’ like MONSTER TRUCK and new music by BIG WRECK
Then there are some days where all I wanna hear is Roy Orbison or Bonnie Raitt
What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
EMBARRASSING? I stand behind my bad tune choices! (Although, there is a Miley Cyrus tune somewhere in there, but I can explain that.)
Where would you most like to perform?
Where ever pays the most. I’m kidding
If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing?
Lip Syncing (hmm)
Do you play any instruments?
I played piano for a bit as a kid, but never returned to it.
I bang a mean gong.
Have a drum kit I like to screw around on
If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?
I wanna do it all.
I’ve been pretty lucky to had opportunities in almost every genre. Background in musical theatre allowed me to do that. Classical musicals, rock musicals, country. The ABBA of course. It’d be fun to do more blues.
What genre of music can’t you stand to listen to?
I’ve never been a big fan of electronica, raver music wasn’t my scene
What hidden talents do you have?
I spent a lot of years on the slopes, both teaching and racing giant slalom. I also have an incredible BOY IN THE BOX thing, kinda like a ventriloquist thing.
I’m also the queen of deviled eggs.
Do you enjoy writing music and/or lyrics?
Yea, its always different. It can be therapeutic, it can be frustrating, it can be emotional or vulnerable., but its yours. That’s pretty special.
Good or bad….
What was the 1st song you ever sang?
AAAAH!!!! I remember having to sing QUEEN OF THE NIGHT by Whitney Houston, and doing it just like her, at the time I thought I was a good impressionist, I didn’t realize I could sing yet.
How did it make you feel?
Honestly, it felt right, but I never had a huge epiphany, basically it was just what i did. I didn’t think to myself that I was doing something special, its just what I did.
What do you like most about your profession?
Its always different, I like that. No set routine.
Colourful people, some beautiful places, and sometimes some real dumps, but its always new. Never boring.
Maybe a l’il sleep-deprived, but worth it
What do you like least?
The competition that people feel is necessary. there’s no need, if you’re good- YER GOOD! You don’t need to be better than anyone, you need to be the best you can be, and use it
How was your childhood?
Wow, that’s vague. Um…. smelly, I have brothers.
Are you happy now?
You have no idea : D
If you could go back in time, what would you do differently?
So cliche, but nothing…. everything I’ve done whether right or wrong has made me who I am today.
Who are your Heroes?
Paul Rogers, never let his voice go. Its a muscle, it needs to be treated right and not abused. He’s as good today as he ever was.
Too many vocalists have let ruined their voice by years of abuse. Hence the tuned down songs when they go back out later in yrs.
What do you do in your spare time?
Isn’t it funny, when Ya have spare time Ya seem to find more to do. But I put a lot of priority in keeping in touch with the close people in my world. I love being in my home and cooking for myself, and spend as much time as I can with the important ones. I try to lock down my nephew pretty often cuz at 5 yrs. old, he’s one of my favourite people to talk to.
Do you do any volunteer work?
I do what I can. Its hard with the lifestyle and timing to do scheduled V-work, but I try to help out, I give a lot of clothes (a lot still with tags on) free to less fortunate families instead of thrift stores that sell and make profit. I also try to send products and food to women;s shelter in my own town.
What’s the side of you that the public never sees?
One of the boys, staying pretty chill. I got a great core group of friends, always having a laugh.
How hard do you push yourself?
Oh, never hard enough
When are you completely satisfied with your work?
When you can give yourself goosebumps
What’s the “Magic” formula for Success?
Be equally as good to work with as you are talented. There’s so much talent out there, but if you’re hard to work with, you wont be re-hired. Its just as important.
What’s the 1st song you ever remember hearing?
Dad’s old Caddy, driving to the cottage listening to THESE EYES By The Guess Who. It stuck in my head for ages, and played over and over
What are you listening to lately?
Big Wreck, Monster Truck, new McCartney, Foo Fighters, ah NEW SkidRow!
What’s your favorite album by another artist?
Currently, ALBATROSS by Big Wreck
Are there any songs you’ve done that you wish you hadn’t?
HA…. well, there’s session work I’ve done that I don’t admit to.
Is it possible to be out on the road and not eat any junk food?
I’m the POSTER CHILD of that! YES
PACK YER SNACKS!!
People have the image that it’s non-stop partying out there. Is it true?
It can be if that’s what you choose to do. Its definitely available, but your work will suffer, so it really depends on how serious you take your craft. Its called “Playing” but that doesn’t mean its not professional work.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a Musician?
Wishing I was a musician…Or a Mermaid…
If you could get any Musician, Living or Dead, who would be in your “Dream Band”?
Keith Moon, Keith Richards, John Paul Jones
What’s NEXT for you?
What’s the meaning of LIFE?
Find your happiness. Yours~whatever works for you
Do you believe there is intelligent life on Earth?
I’m pretty smart!
If you could be any animal…what animal would you be?
A cheetah, but I’d still be loyal!
Do you have a favorite joke?
I think you just heard it
And your favorite words to live by?
“I would rather regret the things I have done than regret the things I have not”
Look forward to a show, any time you can, to witness the released inner child of Ms. Michelle Truman. The wicked smile that draws you in, and the siren’s song that keeps you there. That’s the reward for your effort and participation, as it Michelle’s.