Winner: LA Music Critic's Best Blues Band - January 2019
"Michele is a big-voiced, blues-beltin’ chanteuse, who’s equally comfortable with a torch song as she is with straight blues and even protest songs." - Don and Sheryl's blues blog
"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
Dubbed "the poetess of the blues," Michele D'Amour* was steeped in music in the womb and has maintained her love of the blues 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 helping others as well.
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. Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers was also a Washington Blues Society finalist for the 2014 International Blues Challenge in that year.
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. The band was a finalist in the Washington Blues Society's 2018 International Blues Challenge.
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 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
- 2018 Washington Blues Society Finalist - band.
- 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.
- 2018 Wiggle Room made the IBBA (Independent Blues Broadcasters' Association) top album playlist in August and September.
- Won "Best Blues 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.