Salt Lake City, UT
Michele McLaughlin's music is haunting and contagious, relaxing and beautiful, peaceful and touching. She was drawn to piano music from early childhood and would learn to play her favorite songs by ear. Michele took piano lessons for a very short period of time, but quit when the lessons took the fun out of playing. Shortly afterwards, when she was 8 years old, she was introduced to the music of George Winston and was instantly moved and inspired by his remarkable talent and style. She would listen to his music and dream of someday playing as he did. It was during this time that she began composing and recording her own songs.
In the winter of 2000, Michele released her first album, Beginnings, which included 18 of her favorite compositions she had written over the years. The response she received from friends and family was an overwhelming eye-opener for Michele. She was so moved by the positive feedback and support she received that she was inspired to work on her second album, Elysium. The release of her second album was a critical turning point in Michele's musical career and she has since produced a total of eleven albums (Beginnings, Elysium, The Journey, A Change of Color, The Beginning of Forever, After The Storm, Reflections 2000-2005 ~ The Best of Michele McLaughlin, Christmas ~ Plain & Simple, Dedication, A Celtic Dream and her latest Out of the Darkness).
Michele performs regularly and has shared the stage with some of her favorite pianists; David Nevue, Joe Bongiorno, Gary Girouard, Joseph Akins, Joe Yamada, Louis Landon, Christine Brown, Jennifer Thomas and Kurt Bestor. Michele loves to perform with fellow musicians because she feels it brings so much more to the experience of the audience and the performers. Michele's musical influences include George Winston, Jim Brickman, Paul Cardall and David Nevue.