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Michelle Shocked

Fri. July 20th 2007 7:30pm doors at 7pm Vancouver East Cultural Centre (All Ages) 7:30pm doors at 7pm
Tickets at: All Ticketmaster Locations
Presented by: Live Nation
on sale fri, 6/29 @ 10am

There are three things you need to know about Michelle Shocked. Number one, she possesses an outsized ambition; number two, she abhors unfinished business; and number three, she has a thing for the number three.

These factors play into Shocked's latest artistic explosion, a trilogy of albums recorded simultaneously during a sustained burst of overdriven creativity in December and January, each one hewing to a particular stylistic concept…sort of (let's allow the girl some poetic license here). Just as audaciously, she's releasing the three albums simultaneously. Most artists wouldn't even conceive of such an undertaking, let alone see it through – but Michelle Shocked isn't like most artists. Dancing to the beat of her own wild heart and soul, she nimbly negotiates the tightrope that stretches between here and heaven, working without a net.

Spirit, stubbornness and underdog determination are deeply ingrained in Shocked's character. “I bought this old car before I learned how to drive a standard shift,” she recalls. “My dad tried to teach me, but he was too impatient. I had to head back to East Texas, and he said, ‘Look, it's your car – you're gonna have to drive it.' I said, ‘Just get me on the highway; I'll get it home somehow.' He showed me how to get it into third gear, and I asked him if he'd jump out of the car. He wouldn't, so I had to stop, let him get out and then go through the gears all over again. I took it all the way home in third gear – read lights, stop signs, I didn't care. Just get it home.
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