Michelle Mangione


Songwriter and acclaimed drummer Michelle Mangione has just released "The Edge of Madness". The single, which is her second collaboration with rock icon Grace Slick (formerly of Jefferson Airplane) was chosen as one of Rolling Stone Magazine`s "Top Singles" in November, and can be downloaded from iTunes, where proceeds will be donated to victims of the latest Gulf Coast disaster. Slick, who describes Mangione as “…a gifted artist and poetic songwriter” also contributed lyrics to two of the songs on Michelle`s second CD "What is a Saint", and in 2007 the rock legend-turned-painter provided the cover art for Mangione’s critically acclaimed debut CD Life Beneath the Sun after hearing a demo version of the album. From its inception much of Michelle`s sophomore release, "What is a Saint" was created primarily by Mangione in her home “bedroom” studio – from writing to arrangements, to production to performances. In addition to most of the acoustic and electric guitar work on the record, she plays drums, piano and percussion. ”Financial constraints” translates to “get as creative as you can with what you have” for the artist, who was once seen putting on a pair of heavy boots in the bathroom to get that specific sound “only shoes can make” for the recording of the song “Sticky Fingers.” Michelle also assembled a team of some of her favorite musicians to play on the CD, including Greg Leisz (Beck, Joni Mitchell, Robert Plant & Alison Kraus), Duncan Cameron (Amazing Rhythm Aces, Little Feat, Sawyer Brown) and Larry Hanson (Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson, Alabama). A familiar face in the Los Angeles music scene, Mangione first polished her chops playing drums for such greats as saxophonist Buddy Collette and guitarist Robben Ford. An accomplished drummer by age 16, Mangione taught herself to play guitar, bass and piano while growing up in Los Angeles. She studied under legendary jazz drummer Kay Carlson before going on to graduate at a young age from Percussion Institute of Technology in Hollywood. She later taught at PIT and then became a successful road musician. Mangione was well-known in the rock world as the drummer and driving force behind the band Sideswipe, named one of the ten Greatest Orange County Bands Ever by the OC Weekly and winner of two Orange County Music Awards. Mangione toured nationally and abroad as singer, songwriter and drummer for the band. Audiences were drawn to the rich, alto textures of Mangione’s voice, and they connected to her lyrics. Sideswipe’s high-energy performances, lauded by music reviewers and fans alike, became synonymous with Mangione’s explosive drumming style. Delivered with a powerful voice and bold lyrics, Mangione’s songs connect the dots between personal experience and the big picture. She then sets that picture into motion through hypnotic melodies. "What is a Saint?" challenges our ability to give love freely, while “Man With a Gun,” written after she was held-up at gunpoint, examines the cycle of hate, poverty and crime. With her band, box drum and acoustic guitar, Mangione challenges the world of live music to rise to a very intimate and honest level. Her signature blend of percussion-infused acoustic music has been featured on KLOS with Jim Ladd, 100.3 The Sound F.M., WWOZ (New Orleans) CBS Radio Night Views (New York), Canada`s CUIT radio, and The Early Show with Matt McAllister on Santa Barbaras’ KTYD f.m. Mangione’s music and likeness has appeared in film and on television, including: Skins (BBC), New Now Next Music Awards (MTV, Logo), Witchblade, Time of Your Life (Sony/TriStar), Army Wives, The Travel Channel, Secret at Arrow Lake and the award-winning film True Rights. Michelle Mangione’s music is available at: iTunes, CDbaby, and other outlets..