Michelle Bergh

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Michelle Bergh

The past two years I’ve had the pleasure of working with Michelle Bergh, currently the “Miss Minnesota Preteen” title-holder. Michelle is very talented and has accomplished a lot for being so young. She previously was the “Miss Preteen National Sweetheart” and is VERY active with volunteer work. Just check out her website to see all the community service projects she’s involved in. Michelle came to Droptone looking for someone to start developing her musical talent. I met with Michelle and her mother, Donna, and together we talked about Michelle’s influences and aspirations. Once I had a good feel for Michelle’s abilities, I began crafting music that I felt would best represent Michelle’s persona as well as meet her stylistic expectations.
Michelle and I talked about a variety of lyrical subjects that I could write about for her. I used some of our conversation to craft a lyric idea and then started writing the music. I focused on up-beat, danceable, melodic pop music. For her first two songs, I stayed entirely electronic and relied on our extensive sample library to create some really unique textures for Michelle to sing on. But for the third, “All I Need,” I combined those same electronic samples with real musicians. I was going for another up-beat, dance tune, but I also wanted a “Taylor Swift” pop/country feel. I played acoustic guitar and bass, but decided to hire some extra help. Mark Puder played drums, Patrick Vogl brought the piano, and Joe Savage provided the pedal steel. The results speak for themselves. All the session musicians did excellent jobs and provided the right balance between country and mainstream pop music.

Vocally, Michelle is taking all the right steps to develop her talent. Michelle trains with a voice teacher regularly and also performs publicly when she can. This being Michelle’s first recording experience, I acted as her in-studio vocal coach. I made sure to write vocal melodies and harmonies that were within her range and ability. I then played the melodies on piano and left them in the music so she could always have a reference track to practice with. When we tracked her vocals, we broke the song down into smaller sections which allowed Michelle to focus on single phrases rather than the whole thing. These techniques helped us achieve a much higher level of quality and also kept the entire experience stress-free and enjoyable. Michelle always came in very prepared and confident. She was an absolute pleasure to work with and I am very impressed with her rate of improvement. I look forward to hearing what she does next. Download her 3 songs at iTunes. Michelle is a client of Oryon Media Artists and Privileged Models.