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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/Belgium. Michele has found international success with 2 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 played 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.

 

Read Sugar Queen's Interview with RnR Magazine (UK) 

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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 in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia.Relocating to Asia in 2006, Michele formed in Malaysia the blues and classic rock band Deuces Wild.  During 2007 while performing blues, she 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. In 2009, Michele recorded with blues/rock artist, Wang Wei (Rock Rhino) on his self-titled CD “Wang Wei” in Beijing, China. In 2016, Michele formed “Sugar Queen”. It was collaboration between Belgian and Dutch blues artists and of course, the American Sugar Queen. The debut CD “340 Blues” released in 2017 and reached the number 4 position on the Chicago Blues Roots Music Charts with 5 of its debut songs ranking in the top 10.  Sugar Queen's Debut CD - 340 Blues ranked #9 in the Top Chicago Blues Album Chart for the Year of 2018 and ranked #29 for the Year of 2019. The next year brought Sugar Queen LIVE which hit the blues charts and debuted at # 5 then ranked #12 in the Top Chicago Blues Album Chart for the Year of 2019. In 2020, Sugar Queen LIVE was again in the Top 40 Chicago Blues Albums. After the success of Sugar Queen LIVE 2019 Tour, Sugar Queen will be back on the road for the Sugar Queen 2020-2021 Tour.

"Michele Denise (Sugar Queen) is a sultry singer with an amazing voice and drive. The real Queen of the Blues. Her element is Chicago Blues, funk Blues with a touch of gospel and soul. Jazz fans in Minsk fell in love with the singer and her work at first sight. It was a triumph of real black Blues in collaboration with real jazz!" 
- Evgeny Vladimirov, artistic director, founder of the Belarus International Jazz, Diploma-recipient of the UNESCO National Commission

"What can this front woman do with her voice, but she is more than just a vocalist, she is the band's pacesetter but also a real show beast."
 -Nicolette Johns, The Blues Alone Netherlands
 
"Het rauwere aspect uit de Chicago blues en 'ons' Denise zal het me zeker niet kwalijk nemen dat nu iconen als 'Koko Taylor' of een Willie Mae in beeld komen. Bijgestaan door een uitstekende band veroveren 'Sugar Queen' hier meteen alle harten en laten ze...the good times roll."
-Rootsville

"We hear a phenomenal voice that sings its own roots, deeply penetrating in heart and soul. Spiritual with full spirit."
- Guy Cuypers, Rootstime Belgium
Sugar Queen

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