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Photo Credit: Sharona van den Dool

 EN: Michele Denise, Vocals   (Nederlandse Bio )
Michele Denise, known as Sugar Queen, is a versatile American vocalist and songwriter, who performs blues in Europe, US, Asia and is currently based in the Netherlands. Michele has found international success with 3 self-written albums and performing at many festivals and clubs in Europe.

Her family roots are in northern Florida which explains her affinity with gospel and blues. 

In her early years, Michele studied classical piano and received a university scholarship. Never straying from her blues and gospel roots, she continued to perform in churches of the Southern USA. Whilst touring various parts of the United States, she was singled out to perform in a historic “Mandela Released” event. During her time in the US, Michele worked a dual role as director/vocalist for several gospel and classic choirs.

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Relocating to Asia in 2006, Michele formed in Malaysia the blues and classic rock band Deuces Wild.  During 2007 while performing blues, she also worked as a jazz singer with internationalist jazz pianist, Yiang Yi Sock in Malaysia. In 2008, Michele had the distinction of performing for King Tuan Yang Terutama in Malaysia. Michele worked as a session vocalist and recorded with blues/rock artist, Wang Wei (Rock Rhino) on his self-titled CD “Wang Wei” in Beijing along with Chen Yuli, as the audio engineer, who was the head of music production for the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

A Must See Performer

 In 2017, Sugar Queen and the Straight Blues Band broke onto the European scene with 2 premieres in the Netherlands and Belgium. Since her premiere, there has been no stopping Sugar Queen. Both 'Sugar Queen LIVE' 2019 and 'Better Days' 2021 European tours were wildly successful and Sugar Queen will be back on the road for a 2022 Tour.

Album Success

Sugar Queen has released 3 self written albums which have gained international recognition in the blues charts! Sugar  Queen released  her third eagerly-anticipated in 2021 named “Better Days”.  It is an originally written personal narrative which explores Sugar Queen’s African-American roots. With her unique Chicago blues style, Sugar  Queen sings this rich history with an edge of gospel and soul.

•         2018 Sugar Queen’s debut CD “340 Blues” ranked #9 in the RMR Top Chicago Blues Album

•         2019 “Sugar Queen LIVE” ranked #10 in the RMR Top Chicago Blues Album

•         2020 “Sugar Queen LIVE” ranked Top 25 in the RMR Top Chicago Blues Album

•         2021 “Better Days” ranked #4 in the RMR Top Chicago Blues Album

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