Can you talk to us more about your single “Storm”?
Storm has been in the making for awhile now and is very special to me. There have been many demos, many alternate versions, lots of car-ride listens, and oddly several performances of it already. You can imagine how eager I am to finally be releasing it out into the world! It was written during a “stormier” period of my life, but now that the storm has passed, I feel even more connected to the lyrics than ever. I can really appreciate how important it was for my younger self to express what I was going through with this song. Check out Storm here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brf7U_DM6-M
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wouldn’t say Storm is about one specific person, it is about a specific feeling. One that we’ve probably all experienced. Realizing that you need to cut ties with someone you care about is never easy, but sometimes it’s necessary for your mental health. When you finally walk away from a friendship or relationship that’s been causing emotional strife, it’s completely liberating…at first. Storm is about that initial feeling of freedom, but of course, many emotions follow. For example…well, that’s for another time and another song! Lastly, it’s important to remember that storms are never permanent, and whatever damage they cause can usually be healed with time.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Definitely! The Storm music video will be released on my Youtube channel (Feb 28) a few weeks after the single.
How was the recording and writing process?
Quite standard for me, but with a more drawn out timeline than usual. The song Storm was originally going to be on my last album, On Display, but I ended up saving it because I felt there was something special about it and I didn’t want to rush it. The initial demo was based around my piano part which I then sent to my producer Robert Messier in Montreal who flushed out the arrangement. Half of my demo piano ended up in the final, and the other half is my Grammy-nominated pianist father Michael Creber! That big piano solo in the bridge, definitely my dad haha. The bass is Miles Foxx Hill (Van Morrison, Michael Buble), and the rest of the instrumentation was programmed by Robert.
How does your voice acting background influence your music and the other way around?
The skills cross-over in the studio for sure. Mic control, picking up details of your voice in headphones, concentrating all your physical energy into your vocal chords, things like that. In terms of the two career paths affecting each other, I would say all voice-actors should pick up singing because there are so many cartoon shows with songs and musical numbers now and they want to hire actors who can sing for their own character. It’s definitely given me a leg up in the audition process many times. On the flip side, I would say that all singers should pick up voice-acting because anyone can have a beautiful, technical voice, but when a singer knows how to put real emotion into their voice, that is truly powerful, and can really capture an audience. Overall I’m just thankful to have been able to pursue many avenues of the arts growing up because they have all crossed over in one way or the other.
With the major reception your music has been getting – did you feel any sort of pressure while putting this song together or rather the opposite?
It’s easy to get stuck in the mindset of pleasing listeners as a writer. You may feel like every song has to be super catchy, complex but not too unrelatable, strong but not obnoxious with pop-perfect vocals etc. etc. But at the end of the day, people want to feel something through music, people want to connect with an artist who is telling their truth because it in some way aligns with their own truth. The average listener doesn’t dissect a song and say “hmm, that riff could have been better” or “nope, the third syllable in that sentence was flat so I am not listening to this anymore”. If they connect to a song, they connect to a song, so our job as writers is to connect to our songs as well. That’s the only thing I worry about anymore.
Does the new single mean we can expect even more new material – if so, how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Yes! Storm is actually the title song off my upcoming album Storm! The full album is dropping May 1, 2020 and the production is almost complete. Here’s a little blurb about it:
“Storm is an album about self-reflection, perseverance and accepting, but ultimately letting go of the negatives in our lives. For me, a storm can represent each human emotion in a different form. Whether it be anger, sadness, joy, despair, love, regret, frustration or confusion, a storm is powerful and cannot be controlled. However, those who fight to find inner strength, peace, and happiness, learn to wait out the weather until it settles. They learn to find humour in the imperfections and even start to appreciate every storm that life throws at them. After all, the best time to appreciate a sunny day is after a lot of rain!”
Any plans to hit the road?
I will be doing a big CD release event in Vancouver shortly after the album comes out and then a string of performances in the US and Canada after that. Not much has been publicly announced at this point, but a tour is happening and it may even include some time in Europe and Australia. More to come on all of that soon!
What else is happening next in Michelle Creber’s world?
The album is definitely consuming a lot of life right now and I have some exciting acting work coming up but cannot talk about it yet. Also, I think it’s also really important to find a balance between working hard and enjoying life! I try and see friends as much as possible, take breaks to get exercise, do fun things like escape rooms or movies, and of course, continue songwriting!