PLEASE VOTE FOR OUR SONG "TROUBLE" in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition:
(left side, 5th row down)
"There is nothing like a good solid blues rhythm coupled with an amazing female voice that understands the true sound of the blues. Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers have definitely learned those lessons, and turn in a worthy performance on this set of solid tunes that should be a case study for anyone interested in studying the art of the blues. They understand that there are different grooves for great blues music, and they have mastered all of those styles... they bring an authenticity to their sound not normally heard by today’s modern blues bands."
- LA Music Critic
Michele D'Amour was steeped in the blues in the womb and has maintained her love of the genre 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." Growing up in rainy Seattle in such circumstances with two older sisters to boot, the blues gave Michele an outlet for transcending life's trials and tribulations and helping others as well.
Also at the age of six (it was a very good year), Michele began her study of piano, though her teacher's insistence that she play only classical for five years cut her studies short. She also sang in her local church choir and continued writing stories and poems. In her youth, she sang in local cover bands and eventually discovered Seattle's blues jam scene. Michele also added Celtic harp and bass guitar to her instrument studies.
In 2011, the band Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers was 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. Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers was also a Washington Blues Society finalist for the 2014 International Blues Challenge that year.
The 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, includes twelve new original tunes, including two that Michele co-wrote with Cory Wilds.
- The band was selected for rotation on STEAM Magazine Radio for April 2015;
- Ante Up was one of four CDs chosen by International Blues Broadcasters (IBBA) as Pick of the Month for May 2015;
- The song "Trouble" was awarded a Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, 2017;
- 2018 Best Washington Blues Recording nomination from Washington Blues Society - Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge;
- 2018 Best Blues Songwriter nomination from Washington Blues Society - Michele D'Amour
- 2018 Best Bass nomination from Washington Blues Society - Patrick McDanel