Winner: LA Music Critic's Best Band - January 2019
"There is nothing like a good solid rhythm coupled with an amazing female voice. Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers understand that there are different grooves for great music, and they have mastered all of those styles... they bring an authenticity to their sound not normally heard by today’s modern bands."
- LA Music Critic
"The sound is as big, bold, soft, gentle, loving, wild, nurturing and brash as the city itself. This bigger than life production is highlighted by D'Amour's impassioned vocals." - Peter Merrett, PBS 106.7 Melbourne
"Thank you for bringing a fun and energetic show! It was great seeing people dancing and enjoying a lovely summerlike evening at the park. We hope that your team enjoyed the evening as much as we enjoyed having you." - past client
Michele D'Amour* was steeped in music in the womb and has maintained her love of many music genres throughout her life, bolstered by her father's extensive record collection. At the tender age of six, inspired by a now-forgotten incident, the precocious youngster penned her first song, "My Mom is So Mean."
In 2011, the band Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers formed when the stars aligned -- Michele's lifelong affinity for the blues, her experience writing and performing, and the emergence of the right founding band members. The band released its first EP, Sin Comin' On, in February 2014. The EP includes four covers and three originals written by Michele.
The band's 2015 CD, Ante Up, features twelve original songs penned by Michele. Those tracks were developed and road-tested in 2014 as the group played various festivals and venues, and recorded in the fall of 2014.
2017's album, Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge, introduced twelve new original tunes, including two that Michele co-wrote with Cory Wilds. It debuted week of June 24, 2017 on the Roots Music Report at #46 for Blues, #20 in Contemporary Blues, and #1 for Washington State.
2018's album, Wiggle Room, includes ten new original tunes. The album debuted at #6 on Roots Music Report's Jazzy Blues chart - then was at #1 for thirteen weeks; it also debuted at #9 on the Washington blues chart before shooting up to #1 and staying there for seven weeks. All ten songs from the album charted.
In January 2019, the band recorded the album Heart of Memphis at Royal Studios, one of the longest continuously operating studios in the world, and where Al Green recorded his hits. The album contains seven new original tunes and a cover of the King Curtis classic Memphis Soul Stew. It debuted at #3 on Roots Music Report's Jazzy Blues chart 2 weeks before its release date of May 24, 2019; at the same time, Wiggle Room was at #6.
The band's seventh studio album, Hot Mess, debuted at #6 on the Roots Music Report's Contemporary Blues chart 2 weeks before its release date, with the title track as the #1 blues song in the US. The album was recorded at Seattle's Electrokitty studios and features two piano solos from New Orleans' own Tom Worrell, and an organ solo from the legendary Philip Woo.
- The band was selected for rotation on STEAM Magazine Radio for April 2015;
- The song "Trouble" was awarded a Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, 2017;
- 2018 the song Wiggle Room (title track from the band's 2018 album) and the song Hard Times both won a Bronze Medal from Global Music Awards.
- Won "Best Band" from LA Music Critic in January 2019.
- May 10, 2019 the album Heart of Memphis debuted at #3 on Roots Music Report's national Jazzy Blues chart and at #5 for Washington state, #2 weeks prior to its release. Wiggle Room was at #6 nationally that same week, giving the band two albums in the top ten at the same time.
- June 2019 - three Silver Medals from Global Music Awards for female vocalist (Michele D'Amour), band (Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers), and album (Heart of Memphis)
- December 2019 - Christmas in Blue spent 6 weeks at #1 and 7 weeks at #2 for blues Christmas album on the Roots Music Report
- December 2019 - Heart of Memphis was the #1 jazzy blues album for the year 2019, with Wiggle Room at #6
- October 2022 - Hot Mess peaked at #8 on the Contemporary Blues Album chart for Roots Music Report.
- December 2022 - Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers wins a Global Music Award silver medal for band, and a silver medal for the Hot Mess
- December 2022 - Hot Mess named one of the top blues albums of 2022 by Tahoe Onstage
- February 2023 - Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers named a Best Band finalist by IAMA.