It's been awhile since Michelle Carr has cut an album, but sometimes time is exactly what it takes to experience life in a way that nurtures new creativity and renewed life. For Michelle, the time between the release of her debut album, Change, in 2005 and the release of Hollywood has been filled with a great depth of emotion both joyous and sorrowful, and the result is an innovative sound that captures the rich variety of her passions and talents. When her father passed away seven years ago, singing and songwriting took a back seat to a different kind of artistic expression\ oil painting. The brush and canvas became her voice when no lyrics or melodies could be found. When she began singing and recording again several years later, the sound was increasingly diverse, based on her solid jazz background and rounded out with R&B and pop. She attributes this metamorphosis to working with her younger students, immersing herself in their favorite songs and styles. In writing for them and producing their albums on her label, Saltbox Records, she discovered an outlet for deep emotions in the combination of techniques. Now Michelle has got the recording bug back, and she is looking forward to a future of ever-increasing musical innovation for both herself and the artists on her label. Also in the works are more scores for theatrical and film productions. Ever the jazz singer, she is returning to New York's renowned Blue Note for her eleventh consecutive season, a testament to her deep musical roots and the devoted fans who have loved her voice for so long. In the not-so-distant future, Michelle will be tipping her hat to Nancy Wilson as the prolific jazz songstress bids her farewell to the stage in her final performance in September 2011. Ms. Wilson, who has praised the clarity of Michelle's velvet voice, has saved a special seat for her, next to her very own children. Michelle is looking toward the future with the knowledge that this incredible legacy, which has guided her from the start of her career, will take her on an odyssey of creativity that will continue to evolve with time\time that she plans to use to the absolute fullest. Elizabeth Skladany June 27, 2011.