In the wee hours of the morning, in May 1958 an exhausted nurse entered the hospital room of brand new mother Josephine Anastasio informing her that her new born baby girl had kept the entire nursery awake all night with her constant wailing! Thus began the illustrious career of Michele Anastasio.
Michele counts her Blessings
With the release of her 1999 London Recorded CD “Good Morning Heartache” , Michele began enjoying airplay on radio stations around the globe. This followed in 2001 by “More!”, also recorded in London and which has garnered rave reviews and widespread airplay.
Mike Stoller of the Grammy winning song writing team Lieber and Stoller remarked,
"Michele Anastasio has a Beautiful voice and is a wonderful singer, I applaud her work!”
Michele’s professional career began at thirteen, performing in regional and dinner theater productions. During that time, she began her studies at two of New York’s most prestigious schools for music and drama, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
At Seventeen, Michele was admitted into the British Drama League’s intensive program for drama in London, England. On her return, she was cast in Michele Legrande’s “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”, presented at Joseph Papps’ New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theater, the city’s largest Off-Broadway theater. The jingle scene the beckoned with accounts for Jordache Jeans, California Raisins, and many other fine products.
Venturing into the world of Jazz and Pop,she joined the Swing Fever Orchestra and the Alan Russell Orchestra, performing at the historic Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Gigs at the Rainbow Room, The Cat Club, Cafe Society, The Red Blazer and The Copacabana brought Michele a new Respect for American popular music.
During this time, Michele was chosen for the position of resident national anthem singer at Giants Stadium, and the Brendan Byrne Arena for the New York Cosmos Soccer team. This association continued for six years and spawned other performances of the national anthem for the New York Mets and New York Yankees baseball teams, the New Jersey Generals, and the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden
She continued on to do her own act in Atlantic City, at Merv Griffin’s Resorts International Hotel and Casino, and to Northern Ireland to sing for the BBC’s live broadcast of “The Joker Club,” with Grammy winning Flautist James Galway. After returning from eighteen months of performances in Europe, Michele appeared as a soloist with the Musicians Union Chorus Local 802, New York, at the famed Carnegie Hall.
Michele has forged a fruitful and blessed association with “The Music of Your Life Radio Network” performing with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Buddy Morrow and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum of Broadcasting inductee, the “Morning Renowned Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, “The Drifters” and “The Coasters”, Maria Muldaur and Johnny Lee and his Urban Cowboy Band performing her tribute to Patsy Cline.
Hold My Hand
Covergirl has sparked global attention for her anthem “Hold My Hand” written for the “Hands for Hope movements, “Global Day of Unity”. “Hold My Hand”, now recorded in fifteen languages has had the great honor of being performed at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and will be placed in President George W. Bush’s Presidential Library upon completion. Michele prays that we will all seek to be a blessing to one another!