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Michelle "Evil Gal" Wilson
Blues


Singer Michelle Wilson knew she wanted to perform at the tender age of 10. Like so many blues artists before her, she first sang in church as a child and began appearing in community theater and high school musicals. At 16, she made the transition from the theater to full-time singing with her first band. Michelle made a deeper committment to professional music when she left college and formed her second band, an acoustic folk trio. Later she fronted a band named Animal Train with her husband Ken Harris. When the marriage broke up, she turned to the blues and the band Evil Gal was created.

The band won Harper's Ferry's 1993 Battle of the Blues Bands which led to winning a national competition in Memphis and a spot playing at the Handy Awards ceremonies and the King Buscuit Festival in Helena, Arkansas. Rounder Records caught the King Biscuit event and immediately signed her to Bullseye Records.

Her first recording was "Evil Gal Blues"; her latest release, "So Emotional" just came out the summer of '96 on Rounder.

In the tradition of Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker and Etta James, vocalist Wilson is "fast becoming a Boston institution," writes Steve Morse in The Boston Globe. She has been nominated as Outstanding Blues Act at the 1996 Boston Music Awards.

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