We are pleased to welcome on board, our first instructor affiliate, Michelle Willis. If you have an interest in songwriting, do check out her private lessons and classes which are open to all ages. Qualifying emerging artists can receive tuition scholarships. Please contact us further for application details.
Prior to launching a solo career, British-born, Canadian-raised singer/songwriter Michelle Willis amassed an impressive résumé through a variety of collaborations and work as a session keyboardist. After graduating from Toronto's Humber College jazz program, Willis became active in the city's music scene, eventually expanding beyond its limits to work with a variety of different acts like David Crosby, Zac Brown Band, and Parachute Club, among others. A 2009 collaboration with acclaimed Toronto roots band the Henrys led Willis to form a new group with Henrys' slide guitarist Don Rooke and veteran violinist Hugh Marsh. As Three Metre Day, the trio recorded the 2012 album Coasting Notes and scored the 2013 independent film Still Mine, the latter of which earned them a best original score nomination from the Canadian Screen Awards. During one of their tours, Willis and the band befriended an unlikely ally in former Iggy and the Stooges guitarist James Williamson, who eventually brought them out to California for some shows and enlisted them to play on Pop's 2013 album Ready to Die. By 2015, Willis was balancing her busy schedule touring with Brooklyn instrumental fusion band Snarky Puppy and Canadian indie folk artist Peter Katz while wrapping up sessions for her first release as a solo artist. She was offered a deal with Snarky Puppy founder Michael League's GroundUP Music label, which released Willis' debut, See Us Through, in spring 2016. Now based in Brooklyn NY, Michelle is planning a 2022 release that features live and studio recordings with guest performances by legendary singer-songwriter Michael McDonald, Gregoire Marét, Becca Stevens, Taylor Ashton, and Crosby. “Michelle Willis - one of my favourite singers” - David Crosby