Canadian singer-songwriter Michelle Creber has unveiled her new single, “Feels Like Summer”.
A co-write between Creber, Christopher Ward (writer of the smash hit, “Black Velvet”), Luke McMaster, and Arun Chatervelli, “Feels Like Summer” is a delightful mix of crystal-clear vocal harmonies layered over easy, beachy beats.
Enveloped within images of a picture-perfect day sits the hopeful promise of new love, and it’s that feeling of optimism and new beginnings many are keen to relate to right now — regardless of relationship status.
“This positive, upbeat jam is meant to celebrate the brighter days ahead and the great summer we all deserve to have in 2021,” the Vancouver-based artist says. “I hope this song sets the mood for a happy and healthy (fully vaccinated) summer!”
COVID and its related isolation didn’t just inspire the song; it also influenced how the song was created with the writing team.
“The process was extra challenging because everything had to be done remotely,” Creber says, adding that she engineered all her own vocals in her newly created home studio. “It was a learning curve that involved layers and layers of doubles and harmonies; my Logic file had over 100 vocal recording tracks in it… Crazy!!
“But, we overcame it!”
The single follows Creber’s seventh album, Storm, which was released to widespread industry acclaim in May 2020. The album sold and streamed in more than 130 countries, and earned top-100 placement on both the U.S. and Canadian Billboard charts.
Check out the lyric video for “Feels Like Summer” below, and find out more about Michelle via our mini-interview.
First off, care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hey everyone! My name is Michelle Creber and I am a singer-songwriter-actress based out of Vancouver, BC. I define my sound as pop with AC & rock elements and I am deeply passionate about making positive and meaningful music!
Tell us about the recording process behind “Feels Like Summer”?
Due to the pandemic, we recorded “Feels Like Summer” under a very unique set of circumstances. My producers / co-writers are based in Toronto & LA, so we all had to work remotely but together virtually. With such a big production, it was certainly challenging both on the vocal and the instrumental sides of things, but we persevered! Ultimately, we all really enjoyed the albeit unconventional process and are so happy with the end result. To this day, we have only ever all been in the same room once, and that was when we first wrote the song in LA during the fall of 2019!
What was the highlight of 2020?
I was very fortunate to have had a big project as a distraction during the initial months of covid. My “Storm” album was set for a May 1st, 2020 release date, and when the pandemic hit, I considered delaying but then decided to go ahead with it. It was such a surreal experience, releasing an album from home, but again, such a highlight and source of motivation for me at that time. All of the songs took on new, important meanings during quarantine, and some of the lyrical themes matched up incredibly well with the circumstances. The perfect Storm! A personal highlight was surprising my family with a little yorkie puppy, “Moose” on Christmas Day!
What do you hope to accomplish in your career in 2021?
I’m really looking forward to getting back on track with live performances and music videos. I’m also just thrilled to be seeing people again. Colleagues, friends, family, strangers, everybody. I am an extrovert and what I love most about my career is the in-person creative process and the way music can connect people and bring them together. I think music has still been able to do that over the last year but nothing can beat the collective experience created between a group of people at a live concert or in the studio.
Is there anyone out there you’d like to collaborate or open/close a concert with in the future?
My musical idol is Sara Bareilles, so working or performing with her would definitely be a dream come true!
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