Born in Gonaïves, Haiti, EMELINE MICHEL has been known as the “Joni Mitchell of Haiti” during her more than 20-year career. Michel grew up in Haiti, and traveled to America to study jazz at the Detroit Jazz Center. From there, she moved back to Haiti to pursue her singing career, recording her first album in 1987.
Michel continued to travel and record albums and produce hits in a variety of countries, and many of her inspirational songs have become Haitian favorites during times of turmoil. Michel sings in both French and Creole with a musical style that combines the compas, twoubadou, and rara music of Haiti with jazz, pop, and samba to create a truly individual sound.