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Michelle Rounds - Singer/Songwriter
Writer Full Member - APRA

Michelle first performed live in Sydney in 1989 as "Running Late" with Michael J Kenny on piano at The Harbour Zone nightclub, Bathurst Street. She formed her soul band "The Quiet Storm" in 1992 with Ara Nessasian (keys), Victor Rounds (bass) and Con Settineri (drums) playing a three month residency at The York Tavern, Sussex Street. All these gigs were soul/Latin. She was also working as female vocalist for "Satumbainda" (Latin) and lead vocalist for 3-piece "Hot Tamales" (Mississippi Delta Blues).

In March 1993 she was taken by Ken Jansen Ho (Golden Dragon) to sing in Suva, Fiji for the country's first televised music concert held at Lucky Eddies and performed with Manoa Tuisti (vocals), Tui Ravai (piano), Tom Mawi (guitar), Niko Bulai (bass), Paul Steven (drums). She returned to Fiji a couple of months later and lived there for 3½ years until she won the prestigious Vakalutuivoce Awards for Best Female Vocalist and Best Album. Two weeks later she left for Auckland, New Zealand - it was October 1996.

*Michelle with Tom Mawi - click here  for info on Tom's latest CD
"Doing It Right" and to buy on line.

In Taamaki-Makau-Rau (Auckland) she was priviledged to work with some of Aotearoa's finest musicians including a one and a half year residency at the Sheraton Hotel with John Stowers (piano). She was first hired by "Cat's n' Jammers" Ray Gunter (guitar), Trevor Marks (saxophones), Wally Hart (drums) and they played a three month residency at TriBeCa. These gentlemen were, each of them, highly instrumental in furthering Michelle's career through their great kindness, caring, extensive knowledge in the art of Jazz which they shared, encouragement and true professionalism.

*Michelle with John Stowers

She created her soul band "Michelle Rounds and Get Funked" with Ernie Semu (keys), Robbie Karena (guitar), Daryn Karaitiana (bass) and Haydn Wharewaka (drums) and her jazz band "Michelle Rounds and The Souljazz" with Mike (piano), Denny Boreham (bass) and Frank Gibson Jnr (drums). Her guide and mentor was superlative bassist, musician and arranger, Denny Boreham, her trusted confidante.

Michelle signed to Elvira & Richard Sheffield’s management company, Polyphony Entertainment, in April 1999 and returned to Sydney in August of that year. She has been performing nationally and has recorded two demonstration cd’s under the Polyphony Entertainment label.

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Saito 24 July …….. Shintomi Matsuri
Miyazaki 23 July ……. Soho, Sadowara
22 July ……. Shikki Dori Matsuri
Nobeoka 20 July …… Jazz Fantazy
Miyazaki 19 July …… Cucina d'Oliva
Saga 18 July ……. (Private Function)
Miyazaki 17 July …….. Weather King
Kagoshima 14 July …… Coronet Club
Miyakonojo 12 July …… Old Earth
Kumamoto 30 June / 01- 02 July … Afro Blue / 01 July … NHK TV live Miyakonojo 07- 09 June …….. The Gibson (Green Hotel)
Miyazaki 12 June … (Private Function)
Kumamoto 28 May …. Second Sight (www.s-sight.com)
Miyazaki 26 June … Cucina d'Oliva premiere of 'LET ME SEE NOW' music

Miyazaki 29 May …. CD Released !!
'A Matcha Chocolate Love Adventure' cd : 1 x original rap track 'Let Me See Now', featuring STEAL and SHORTY (Miyazaki rap artists) and music by Caprice and 14 x jazz standards with Miyazaki musicians : Ohnishi Yosuke - Piano and Takeshita Nobuyuki - Bass
*click here  for more info on "A Matcha Chocolate Love Adventure" & to buy on line

The music video 'Let Me See Now' was shot in Miyazaki 10-23 April for nationwide and international release

AUSTRALIA Sydney 14-26 May ………. promo for
"Coffee Time Jazz"
Miyazaki ……. 29 April 2005 CD Released
" Coffee Time Jazz" jazz duets with Cleve Douglass (New York Jazz Vocalist), Okumura Kazuhiko - Piano (http://www5.ocn.ne.jp/~ka-zoo/), Ikeda Kiyoshi - Bass, ET Touyama - Drums (http://homepage1.nifty.com/live/et/)

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4 Dec 2004 - 21 April 2005 …………. Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort - Grand Chariot Jazz Lounge & Bar / Pacifica Bar …(www.seagaia.co.jp)………………
21 November 2004 - 19 February 2005 Honey Pot Live Bar

27, 31 October Ed's Bar,Nadi 02,03,04 November Holiday Inn, Suva
THAILAND Bangkok 28 July - 16 October 2004 Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel (royalorchidsheraton.com)
sit ins ! : Oriental Hotel Bamboo Bar (mandarinoriental.com) /
Tokyo Joe's (tokyojoesbkk.com) /
Gigi's Gaysorn Plaza / Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit The Living Room (sheratongrandesukhumvit.com) /
Dusit Thani My Bar (dusit-thani.bangkok.com)
JAPAN Miyazaki Kyushu 23 April - 19 July 2004 …… Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort - Grand Chariot Jazz Lounge & Bar
FIJI 30 March - 14 April 2004 …… Ed's Bar - Nadi Traps - Suva
JAPAN Miyazaki Kyushu 01 October 2003 - 27 March 2004 …… Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort Grand Chariot Jazz Lounge & Bar / Miyazaki Autumn Festival
NEW ZEALAND Auckland 23 - 26 September 2003 Tabac (Pre-album release “How Deep Is My Love”)
JAPAN Miyazaki Kyushu 11 March - 05 September 2003 ….. Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort
AUSTRALIA Sydney 01 August 1999 - 10 March 2003 ..… Alcheringa, Kangaroo Valley/ Alio/Arthur's Restaurant/ ANZAC Marrickville/ Avillion/ Basement/ Bennelong Restaurant/ Bondi Pavillion(Waitangi Day Celebrations 2002) / Bondi Teagardens Hotel / Botanical Gardens Restaurant/ Bucketty Volunteer Fire Service/ Cave/Civic Hall Ryde/ Clovelly Hotel/ Crows Nest Hotel/ Curzon Hall/ Fox Studios(Opening Hoyts Cinemas & Premiere "Mickey Blue Eyes" / Golden Sheaf / Grace Brothers VIP Event / King's Head Tavern/ Legend Hotel / L'otel/ Mancini's / Manly Boatshed / Marrickville Town Hall / Monkey Bar / Mosman RSC / Mytilenian Hall/North's Leagues Club/Paddy'sBrewery/Parramatta Leagues Club/ Rattlesnake/345 George Street(Opening) / Tropicana / Stadium Australia Ambassadors Lounge(Australia vs New Zealand 2001/ Australia vs France 2002)/Sydney Town Hall (Premiere "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?"/Three Wise Monkeys/ Woollhara Hotel
NEW ZEALAND Auckland 05-09 March 2003 ..... completion of video shoot for "The Way That I Feel" music clip / Pasifika Festival 2003
FIJI Suva/Deuba 24-28 Feb 2003 ..... commencement of video shoot for "The Way That I Feel" music clip (NzOnAir/franklyspeaking productions)/Suva Holiday Inn (Tom Mawi, Sami Rabaka, Noa Qiolevu, Eni Kumar)
NOUVELLE CALEDONIE Noumea 07-10 November 2002 ..... Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste/ Parkroyal Noumea (Michel Benebig, Bruno Zanchetta, Stephane Regnier)
NEW ZEALAND Auckland 17-29 September 2002 ..... "Good Morning" program TV2 / Westfield Style Pasifika 2002 / East Tamaki Tavern / PIMA Conference
NEW ZEALAND Auckland 03-10 March 2002 ..... Glengarry's Wines (Alan Quennell, Denny Boreham, Frank Gibson Jnr) / "Good Morning" program TV2 / "Tangata Pasifika" program TV2 / Radio 531pi /Pasifika Festival 2002 Opening Night/Pasifika Festival 2002
NOUVELLE CALEDONIE 03 September-16 September 2001 ..... "Tom Mawi & Friends" jazz tour of New Caledonia with shows in Koumac, Kone, Houailhou, Poindimie, La Foa and Noumea (Tom Mawi, Michel Benebig, Edward York and featuring Fred Mystere on yidaki)
NEW ZEALAND Auckland 02/03 March 2001 ..... "Good Morning" program TV2/Alto Bar, Sky City Casino/Pasifika Festival 2001
AUSTRALIA Broome 18 July - 25 August 2000 ..... Cable Beach Inter-Continental Resort (Paul Verma, Junichi Shiomi)
NEW ZEALAND Auckland July 1999 ….. Aotea Centre “AFA Show”
AUSTRALIA Sydney July 1999 ….. Manly Jazz Festival / “Polyphony Entertainment Showcase” Argyle Tavern, The Rocks

NEW ZEALAND Auckland October 1996-July 1999 ..... Aotea Square & Downtown Plaza "Hikoi of Hope" Auckland Museum (Opening Pacific Gallery)/Auckland Town Hall "Beats of the Pacific" "Festival of Cultures” "Pasifika Fashion Show 1998"/Birkenhead RSA/ Carlaw Park "Bob Marley Concert 1998" Cause Celebre / De Brett's / Deschler's / Devonport Food & Wine Festival 1999 / Duder’s/ Gables / Gateway Hotel (Pasifica Women's Convention 1999)/Gold Rush(Thames)/”Harcourts” tv ad/Hyatt Hotel/Khuja Lounge/Live Poet’s Café / Loaded Hog / London Bar / Lopdell House/ Maidment Theatre/ Manifesto’s/ Manukau Institute of Technology/ Orakei Marae/ Parnell Community Centre/ Pitt St Bistro/ Powerstation “Bob Marley Concert” 1999/ Rakino’s/Saatchi & Saatchi/ Sheraton Hotel/ Someplace Else/ South Markets/SPQR/Stamford Plaza/ St Matthew in-the-City “Waitangi Day Celebrations” 1998 & 1999 / “Sweetwaters Festival 1999”/Titirangi Village Festival 1999/ Triangle TV “Pacific Pieces”/TriBeCa/TV2 station i.d’s 1998 & 1999/TVNZ/TVNZ - “Good Morning” 1997/ 98/99/2001 “Mai Time” “Tangata Pasifika” “TV3 News”/ Waipuna Inn/ Waitemata Stadium/ Western Springs/”Pasifika Festival” 1998 & 1999/ Domain-Wintergardens / WOMAD 1999
Auckland Sheraton Hotel - resident vocalist June 1997- December 1998
Stamford Plaza - resident vocalist March/April/May 1998
Hamilton Food & Wine Festival 1998
Wellington Parkroyal Hotel/St Andrews on-the-Terrace/Tatou1999
FIJI, Suva March 1993 - September 1996
Albert Park /”Hibiscus Festival 1995” / Birdland / Civic Centre “Vakalutuivoce Awards 1996”/ Cotton Club / Fiji Club / Fiji TV/FM96 / Jackson’s Bar / Lucky Eddies/ Ming Palace/ “Vakalutuivoce Awards 1994” +/ Naiqaqi Sugar Shack / National Gymnasium/ ”NBF” tv ad/ Noble House / Radio Fiji / Ratu Sukuna Park / Skyline Bar / St Christopher’s Orphanage Bazaar / Suva Travelodge/ Tradewinds Hotel “Vakalutuivoce Awards 1995” / Traps / Victoria Parade “Fiji Museum Mardi Gras”
Coral Coast Naviti Resort
Deuba Atholl Hotel / Pacific Harbour Resort Hotel / Sakura House
Nadi Cardo’s / Ed’s Bar / Mocambo Hotel / Regent Hotel / Sheraton Denarau /
Suva Travelodge - resident vocalist for weekly “Jazz in the Gallery” March 1993-September 1996 (with internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Tom Mawi)
Traps Bar - female vocalist in resident band March 1993-December 1995
Presented and compiled weekly commercial-free reggae program “Roots Riddim” on 104FM for 2 years
Winner of the 1995 Vakalutuivoce Awards for “Best Female Artist” and “Best Album” presented September 1996

TONGA Nuku’alofa ..... 80th Birthday Celebrations of HRH King Taufa'ahau Tupou II - 1998 / Miss South Pacific Pageant 1995

AUSTRALIA Sydney 1989 - March 1993 ..... Crows Nest Hotel / Dolphin Street Club / Harbour Zone / Manly Boatshed / Round Midnight / Silo / York Tavern 

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"A Matcha Chocolate Love Adventure"
 Michelle Rounds  -International Singer (singer/songwriter)
  (Pacific Island heritage - Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, Samoa) 

15 Wonderful tracks with some all time favourites
like "Stardust", "You Would Be So Nice To Come To" plus Jazz Classics like "Round Midnight", Take 5, & "Everything Happens To Me" - all beautifully interpreted and performed with great artistic skill and loads of style!

   click here  to hear a sample of "Stardust"
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Click to Enlarge"Coffee Time Jazz"
Michelle Rounds, Cleve Douglass - vocals.
Kazuhiko Okumura - Piano & Keyboard
Kiyoshi Ikeda - Bass
Eiichiro 'ET' Toyama - Drums
8 Tracks including "Misty", "Autumn Leaves", "Black Coffee" and "Unforgettable" - a tribute to Nat King Cole.

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Click here  to hear a sample of Route 66
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