Christine Michele is one of the premier vocalists in the Coachella Valley. She competed in the annual Open Call talent competition at the McCallum Theatre, and performs regularly with her two cover bands, Chrissy and Matt, and Christine and the Lost Keys. You can catch her and the Lost Keys on Friday, May 21, at Coachella Valley Brewing Co., 30640 Gunther St., in Thousand Palms; learn more at www.facebook.com/christineandthelostkeys. Michele is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are her answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
NSYNC! It was in Irvine, and we sat on the grass! I think I was 12. I was such a teeny bopper.
What was the first album you owned?
I’m going to be honest: I can’t remember that far back! But I’m going to take a wild guess and say Jewel, Pieces of You.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Demi Lovato, Luke Combs, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Honestly, I listen to everything. I have Apple Music, so I’m always looking up new artists and genres.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
Ummm, Beyoncé. Don’t get me wrong; she is super-talented. She can sing, but I’ve never really been a fan.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Adele! I’ve always wanted to see her in concert.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Country and Broadway tunes! I love singing country, and I’ve been in musical theater for over 20 years.
What’s your favorite music venue?
It has always been the McCallum Theatre, because I have seen concerts and musicals there, but I just recently discovered Big Rock Pub, and I think it’s my new favorite.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
It’s from “Beez in the Trap” by Nicki Minaj, so I can’t say which lyric it is, but my best friend and I have been singing it for nine years—so it’s stuck in my head, unfortunately!
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Adele. The first time I heard her, I just fell in love—her voice, her personality, and her songs, all about heartbreak and love. She inspires me as a songwriter. I love writing about that lovey-dovey stuff.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I’m asking LeAnn Rimes if we can sing together. I actually posted it on my old Instagram account a few years ago and tagged her in it, and she liked it. So I’m just waiting.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Dancing in the Sky,” and I want my friends Tabitha Torres and Leslye Martinez to sing it!
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
What song should everyone listen to right now?
Well, recently, “Uninvited” by Alanis Morissette has been on repeat in my car, and I just recently posted a video of me practicing that song with my vocal coach. A friend commented, saying she forgot how much she loved that song! So that song!