Saturday, April 2 - 2022

6:00 pm
Jazz Stage
Michelle Amato

Michelle Amato is a dynamic vocalist whose abilities to convey the deep passion of a lyric, then soar effortlessly through the stratosphere have taken her from posh, intimate clubs to The Hollywood Bowl and Radio City Music Hall.

She most recently performed in Cirque Du Soleil’s “La Nouba,” and with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, with whom she toured Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and across the Atlantic and on Crystal Cruise Line. Michelle has performed and recorded with an incredibly diverse array of artists, including Liza Minnelli, Quincey Jones, Al Green, Sandi Patty, Jon Secada, Michael McDonald, Donna Summer, Jon Hendricks, Celia Cruz, Rita Marley, and world renowned composer Yanni. Her solo and background vocal work can be heard on his “Ethnicity” CD and “Yanni Live” DVD. Michelle’s debut CD, “I'm All Smiles” features jazz trumpeter Ira Sullivan, and is available on I Tunes and CD Baby.

She performs regularly at clubs, private parties, corporate events and music festivals around the country. Michelle continues to love her orchestral work, and has been a featured soloist with The Memphis Symphony, The Sunrise Pops, The Baton Rouge Symphony, The Sarasota Orchestra, The Macon Pops, and The Orlando Philharmonic. Staying extremely active in the recording studio as a singer and contractor, some of her clients include The Walt Disney Company, Royal Caribbean, Costa, Regent, and Carnival Cruise Lines, McDonald’s, Warner Brothers, Alfred, and Shawnee Press Publications, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Tournament of Roses Parade, and numerous private artists and production companies throughout the world. Michelle’s Master’s Degree from the prestigious University of Miami School of Music has created great demand for her expertise as an educator and clinician. She has coached vocalists for Cirque Du Soleil, Walt Disney World, and has been an adjunct professor at The University of Miami, The University of Memphis, Rollins College, and The University of North Florida.

Michelle has conducted master classes and clinics for The International Association of Jazz Educators, Appalachian State University, Grammy In The Schools, and The North American Cultural Center in San Jose, Costa Rica. Her adjudicating duties have included The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, The Florida Vocal Association, Orlando Fest, and various jazz and choral societies.