Michele D'Amour is a born storyteller and award-winning songwriter who penned her first song at the age of six and became a published poet in her early twenties. Her lyrics treat difficult topics with a sense of soulful whimsy and wry humor. Michele sang in her church choir, wrote songs, and sang lead for some local bands before honing her craft at several of the blues jams in the Seattle area. Upon the advice of friends, she formed Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers in 2011.
Patrick McDanel, also from Seattle, has been with the band since its inception. He plays bass and sings backing vocals. McDanel started on piano at five; then played trombone professionally for several years until needing to stop due to an injury. Patrick is a veteran of the national music scene, having played with notable bands and acts as either a regular player or fill-in. One of his favorite career moments was playing at the Apollo Theater in the 1990s.
"Is that bass made of butter?" - a fan
Dave Delzotto began learning his way around a kit during his teens while growing up in Eugene, Oregon. Delzotto is now a highly sought-after jazz and blues drummer known for his precision, subtlety, and top notch funk chops.
Born and raised in Iowa, Jeff Cornell began playing guitar at 12 while housebound with chicken pox. Jeff saw a Van Halen video on MTV, found his dad's old acoustic, and started learning to play. While studying with Craig Erickson in Iowa, Jeff listened to Clapton, Page, Hendrix, and Beck as well as Son House, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Buddy Guy, who remain his influences today. Jeff moved to Seattle in 1995.
Brian Olendorf is a classically trained piano and keyboard player, as well as a seasoned professional on the jazz, funk, and blues circuit in the Pacific Northwest. He has played with Brian Nova and Felonius Funk.
Noel Barnes joins the band on tenor and baritone sax (and occasionally on flute). Barnes studied with Sue Orfield and has played with Copastetic, Double Shot, and City Knightz.