Michelle David grew up on gospel music. The North Carolina-born artist may have been singing all her life, but it was only in the 90’s when she toured the Netherlands, that her career really took off.
She met the Dutch funk legends Lefties Soul Connection and together they recorded four Gospel flavored albums. As time passed they emerged from being a project that explored the Gospel genre to being a legitimate band with their own style. Which has led them to cast this in stone with a new name: Michelle David & The True-tones.
They gained international recognition as they were nominated for an Edison Award (The Dutch Grammy), chosen for album of the month by French radio network FIP, made an appearance on prime time German national TV as well as Dutch national TV. Being invited to perform for the King and Queen of the Netherlands for Liberation day was definitely a highlight. All while roaming the continent (even a short and sweet meet with Africa).
Journeys are greatly influential for Michelle David & The True-tones; who are on their odyssey reaching many levels. Their musical journey exploring the roots took them to the Caribbean and Afro Disco and Afro Beat. While also paying tribute to Soul music with sounds of Northern Soul, Boogaloo and Afro Soul with a combination of Chicago and Memphis Soul. Under the impact of these influences, they found their true genre: Rhythm and Gospel.
Michelle David at Theater Zuidplein
Last year she recorded a sparkling Christmas album ‘It’s A Soulful Christmas‘ in their typical Rhythm and Gospel-style. The album offers comfort with soul, gospel and pop in various shades. It builds bridges between the Christian Christmas with the birth of Jesus and its American interpretation with Father Christmas. Everything contributes to an ultimate Christmas experience. Or as Michelle puts it: “It’s a record that takes you through the Christmas season and beyond with a lot of soul.”
On december 10 they will play Theater Zuidplein.