Las Vegas-based chanteuse Michelle Johnson introduces the music video for “I’m All In” on Medium.
With a sound aptly described as Carole King meets Ella Fitzgerald, Michelle blends savors of jazz, pop, blues, soul, and soft rock, along with tasty tinctures of gospel and folk, into ineffably alluring musical concoctions.
Raised in Cairo, Egypt, Michelle later attended Yale University, anticipating entrance into Harvard Law School. Yet the Siren’s Song enticed her in another direction — music. Since surrendering to her passion, she’s performed on Broadway, shared the stage with, and recorded with superstars such as Paul McCartney, Barbara Streisand, Elton John, Slash, Paul Rogers, Rosanne Cash, Neal Schon, and PM Dawn, as well as appearing on Jay Leno and the Tonight Show, the Arsenio Hall Show, and Soul Train.
She’s toured or appeared with David Cassidy, Gladys Knight, Sheena Easton, David Foster, Josh Groban, Spyro Gyra, Wynonna, Vince Gill, and Cher, while her production company, Diva Las Vegas Productions, includes clients like Mercedes, Toyota, IBM, AT&T, Bayer, HBO, MTV, the NBA, and an array of artists.
“I’m All In” opens on a gorgeous piano, delicately elegant, flowing into a cashmere-textured R&B melody flavored with glowing jazz nuances. A plump potent bassline and crisp sidestick drive the measured rhythm with undulating dynamism, as Michelle’s luscious voice, rich and crystalline and oh so evocative, glides above.
Without doubt, it’s a diva’s voice, replete with creamy dulcet surfaces capable of moussing up to scrumptious soaring tones laced with dazzling clarity and electrifying timbres of full-spectrum magical radiance. Reminiscent of Streisand and Whitney Houston in projection and resonance, Michelle’s melodic flow is nonpareil.
The video, directed by Rob DePew, mirrors the heavenly beauty of the music, depicting Michelle seated at a grand piano in the middle of a barren desert extending to a mountain-filled horizon. The visuals shift from Michelle as a small girl to the hustle and bustle of a vast city, generating a contextual ambiance of serene independence.
“So I’m letting you know / I’m letting you see / Just what’s become of the woman you helped me to be / And I’m running my race / My face to the wind / Circling back to the place where you helped me begin / And this time / I’m all in.”
Wow! What a gloriously beautiful song, rife with emotional intensity, lustrous silky textures, and the opulent voice of Michelle Johnson.