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Michele Falcon Profile
Atlanta Jewish Life, Fall 2001 edition

Michele Falcon is running at warp speed. She is tackling a list of family errands on this sultry afternoon. Decked out in tennis game gear complete with a light blue tank top and shorts, she jumps out of her minivan to grab a decaf non-fat latte at the Northpoint Mall Starbucks. "I know, where's the real latte in this. I mean, what's the point," she jokes to the late-afternoon coffeehouse server. It seems that this 36-year-old mother of two fits into Alpharetta's clean-cut culture like a glove. As Michele Falcon is following suburbia's life script, she is writing quite a different one-unbeknownst to many of her Bunco-playing contemporaries in the neighborhood.

After she puts the kids to bed, Michele heads out to various nightclubs to perform as the lead vocalist in an alternative rock band known as Snapdragons. Okay...what's a nice, Jewish girl doing in loud, rough and tumble bars? Shouldn't she be at home baking Kugel? Well, this is not your average Emah. At showtime, gone are the sporty threads. They are replaced with blue jeans and a fiery red top cut off at the midriff to reveal the results of hours of tough workouts in the gym. She is an earthy, passionate and energetic performer who is sending ripples through Atlanta's music scene.

It is hard to believe that all of this raw energy is generated from a self-described shy woman from the Midwest. Novelty, Ohio had no idea that it has produced a singing sensation, nor did her parents. "I have always had a good relationship with my parents. My mom was a bit hesitant of my singing at first, but she perked up when she found out that I was playing as an opening act to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers."

While her support network is strong, so is her Jewish identity. "I was raised in a reform Jewish household east of Cleveland and it was not so much that religion itself has impacted me, but it was the religious aspect of family that has inspired me," explains Michele. As music is very much a part of her life, so is her bond to Judaism. She intends to raise her children with a foundation rooted in Jewish culture.

To arrive at this juncture in her young life, Michele has gone through years of soul-searching. Her quest was found when her husband Rick purchased a musical keyboard. "I was shocked when he bought it," she exclaims. "I remember thinking, 'what do we need this toy for'?" This once so-called "frivolous expense" uncovered Michele's musical talents. She decided to build upon her high school music and chorus training to learn the keyboard, strengthen her vocals and publicly perform. Although she experienced a bit a stage fright, Michele learned to overcome it by writing and rehearsing her own material which built up her confidence. Teamed with her guitarist Dale Beasley, Michele has crafted a number of edgy pop numbers including, "Baby Goodbye" available on a mini-CD titled, Candy from Strangers. Michele would like to head back into the studio with 14 new songs she and Dale penned.

Does all of this success mean that Atlanta will produce a new Jewish pop diva? "No,"she says emphatically. "I'm just having fun. It's a hobby and nothing more," Ms. Falcon says, as she jumps back into her minivan with latte in tow and drives off into Atlanta's gridlock overshadowed by a sunset.
(C)Leader Publishing, 2001
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