Michelle O Faith

Award: MOBO Help Musicians Fund

Year: 2017

Genre: R&B/Soul

Location: London

Website: www.facebook.com/michelleofaithofficial

Born and raised in south London, Michelle O Faith is one of the UK's fastest rising young artists. Songwriter of all her own material, Michelle is also the producer behind many of her tracks. 

In 2016, she was recipient of the Women Make Music award from PRS Foundation, through which the industry body funded Michelle's sophomore EP Birthday Blues. This followed the 2015 release of Michelle's debut EP, which - led by epic debut single Sleep Through the Fire - earned the songstress praise from key tastemakers including Hunger, CLASH, Line of Best Fit, Record of The Day, and Pride Magazine.

Much of the praise centred on Michelle's unique voice. Indeed, editor at Line of Best Fit, Paul Bridgewater, dubbed Michelle "the singer/songwriter with the most interesting vocal style we've heard, so far, this year." Classically trained, with a degree in Music from a Russell Group university, Michelle has been a concert level Classical Vocalist since age 17. On her songs, she is heard weaving this learned operatic technique through a Pop vocal in what has become a hallmark of-sorts, and makes for a truly striking and distinguishable sound in today's Pop landscape. The lyrics are incisive and intelligent; the production dark and cinematic. The choruses are huge - comprised of big, almost tribal drumbeats; and lush string sections, a nod to Michelle's love of film music. (Hans Zimmer is frequently cited as an inspiration.) 

2017 has seen Michelle perform at some key London venues. First was the Line of Best Fit free London show for #BLOGTOBER Fest at The Finsbury; followed by gigs at the Bedford, Tooting Tram and Social, the Troubador, and Dublin Castle. In May, Michelle played her first festival, when Killing Moon-signee ADAL invited her to serve as Lead Female Vocalist for his set at The Great Escape. In June, Michelle was support for IAmDDB at the artist's sold-out London headline show at BIRTHDAYS.

Michelle's next project will be a mini-album. Slated for release Spring 2018.