“…badass…” - Grimy Goods
“…a pleasure to watch.” - Blurred Culture
“By genre melding the likes of jazz, funk, rock, soul, and even visceral spoken word pieces…a live show that aims to be expressly and explicitly warm, welcoming, and fun.”
- High Voltage Magazine
Michelle Young and the Collection is a Los Angeles-based band that was formed in October 2017. The group is led by lead singer and poet Michelle Young (founder of The Box Presents and ROVE) with collaborator and co-writer Tony Schmitz on keys, and a collection of friends on other instruments. The Soulful Alt-Rock band draws inspiration from a number of genres including soul, Americana, blues, jazz, rock, neo-soul and funk music. The band uses both traditional songs and spoken word pieces set to music throughout their live sets, and will begin to release music in 2019. The band's live shows are more of an experience than a typical show--of the shows, Michelle says,
"Our desire is that audiences walk away with the knowledge that they are not alone, and it's okay to be human. We live in a crazy world and we're all trying to work through our humanity. We want to work through it together."
Michelle's poetry has been published in Local Wolves magazine and past performances as a solo artist included shows with Hotel Cafe, The Spare Room and Silverlake Sessions.
High Voltage Magazine presented Michelle Young and the Collection's Official Debut at The Satellite (Foo Fighters, Beck, Foster the People, Lady Gaga, Local Natives, etc.) in April 2018; they opened for buzzy L.A.-based bands The Colour Coast and Night Talks. In April 2018, Michelle also performed as a featured artist at Sessions58 (a weekly music showcase run by Ilana Lorraine and Nate James [MOBO nominee]) at Looking Glass Cocktail Club in London, England. In July 2018, the band played the Moroccan Lounge as a charity show for The Trevor Project alongside Wolf Bay, Emma Cole, VAVÁ and Georgi Kay. In August 2018, they played their first festival: Echo Park Rising. In Fall 2018, they played 7 secret shows with Sofar Sounds: Los Angeles, including a special show at The GRAMMY Museum. They rounded 2018 out with a holiday show at The Hotel Cafe for ROVE and Baltisoul Magazine, sharing the stage with LA favorites: MAWD, New Dialogue, Velvet Starlings, Mads Paige and GMNII.
Their live sets have featured special appearances by Effie Passero (American Idol Top 24, 2018), Dave Yaden (4x Grammy Winner), Malynda Hale, Puscie Jones (The Puscie Jones Revue), Cheyenne Jolene (Bodacious Thang) and more.
In 2019, the band is continuing to play shows (so far, they’ve played El Cid for Wild Riot, JuiceBot’s Launch Party and a stripped down set at Hotel Cafe Second Stage) while also writing and recording their first EP. Keep an eye on the band's Instagram Stories for secret show announcements, the band has been playing Sofar Sounds: Los Angeles regularly.