Michelle Amador is a jazz and electronic vocalist/composer, who has contributed to more than 100 original works in her career. Born in Santa Clara, CA, to Peruvian composer/pianist, Augusto A. Amador and Austrian mother Margaret Amador, she was trained in classical piano from age 6-16 and wrote her first composition at the age of 12.
She studied choral voice and acting through high school, performing in musicals and when called on, accompanying the vocal choir. She attended the University of Southern California to pursue a BFA in acting. “It’s strange. Music has always been an integral part of my life growing up, to the extent that it did not occur to me to make a career as a vocalist/composer until I began writing and performing music for theater productions: Woyzeck, Antigone, and Vinegar Tom.” says Michelle.
Before completing her final two years of the university, Michelle took a semester off and in that time expanded her writing skills by studying under her father. During that time she wrote and composed a full-length musical entitled American God which examined the experience of being a first generation American and questions/challenges posed when recognizing American social values as an unspoken religion.
After graduating from USC in 1998, Michelle continued to pursue music, studying solo jazz voice under award-winning jazz educator, Roger Letson, and attending Stanford Jazz Workshop to study voice and jazz arranging. From 1999-2001, Michelle studied jazz piano and arranging under the late pianist/composer/arranger Don Haas (Stan Getz Orchestra) as well as continuing to study technique with her father.