If you're a fan of NBC's “The Voice,” you have a Jew to root for. Michelle Chamuel is in it to win it.
The Massachusetts native didn't exactly get her start on the reality singing competition. She was one of the original members of the band Ella Riot (formerly My Dear Disco). The change in name reflected Chamuel's influence, as she'd always been a huge Ella Fitzgerald fan. In 2012 she and band mate Tyler Duncan released an electronic-alt-pop album, "s/he," with the lead singe "U and I." But their duo didn't take off and Chamuel turned to “The Voice.”
Her audition song, a cover of Katy Perry lesbian-lite hit "I Kissed a Girl," had three of the four judges clamor ins to get her on their team. She chose to join Team Usher and quickly became one of America's favorites, thanks to her soulful voice and adorable glasses. She plowed through the rounds with memorable performances of David Guetta and Sia's hit "Titanium," Pink's "Raise Your Glass," Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend," and Usher's "Grenade."
This week Michelle was voted through to the top six thanks to her rendition of "Grenade." She also performed a powerful duet of Calvin Harris and Florence Welch's dance hit "Sweet Nothing" with fellow contestant Judith Hill. If you're a fan of Michelle and want to see her take home the top prize, keep watching and keep voting. If you need some convincing, just listen to her powerhouse voice in the videos below.
J-Connection: in her own words, Chamuel is "a mix of Jewish-Arab-Russian-eastern European! And more things I may not know about."