Rory Michelle Sullivan is a singer-songwriter, composer, musician, and Jewish educator whose work explores relating to ourselves, others, and a spiritual Source in healthy, authentic, creative, and constructive ways.
Rory Michelle has recorded and performed her songs internationally, from parlor rooms in Jerusalem to bars in Vienna to Jimmy’s No. 43 in NYC’s East Village. Notably, she has performed at the Morgan Park Summer Music Festival on the same stage graced by folk legends Peter Yarrow and Dar Williams. Rory Michelle and her music have been featured at festivals such as ISH, Cincinnati's Jewish and Israeli Arts and Cultural Festival, on the Emerging Artist Showcase on Jewish Rock Radio hosted by celebrated Americana singer-songwriter Joe Buchanan, in Philadelphia RowHome magazine, and in broadwayworld.com. Songs from her musical, RISING IN LOVE, will be featured in Women Of The Wings Volume III: A Celebration Of Female Musical Theatre Writers at Feinstein's/54 Below in New York City in March 2020.
Rory Michelle has released four studio albums of original songs: Rising in Love Concept Album (2019), The God Album (2015), Inner Child (2014), and Turtledove (2013). Her Jewish-themed musical endeavor, The God Album, includes fun folk, funk, rock, and swing music with songs infused, inspired, and informed by Jewish text. Listeners have called Rory Michelle's music "most enjoyable ... worshipful as well as fun" and "clever, honest, soul-bearing folk songs that transcend place, time, and circumstance and stir the imagination and tug gently but deservedly and genuinely at your heartstrings."
When she is not composing music, Rory Michelle is singing it with Jewish communities. Rory Michelle holds a Bachelors in psychology from Harvard University and a Masters in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She studied classical voice with sopranos Sona Ghazarian (Vienna, Austria) and Anna Gabrieli (Boston, MA). She is currently working on a musical. Watch the trailer, hear the music, and learn more at risinginlovethemusical.com.
"GOOD GRAVY! You have an amazing voice and I'm hooked one song in."
- Joe Buchanan, composer and musician
"Like many great artists, the creative brilliance of Rory Michelle becomes immediately apparent as soon as you experience her music for the first time - clever, honest, soul-baring folk songs that transcend place, time and circumstance and stir the imagination and tug gently but deservedly and genuinely at your heartstrings. As timeless as the ocean tides, Rory’s music would have been equally at home in 1962, 1972, 1982 or 2016 and her songs would still reverberate strongly with her audience, and immediately feel like home and comfort and solace. Like all truly great art, it becomes more than the sum of its parts by taking on new individual meaning for everyone who listens. To prove it, I challenge anyone to listen to Rory sing “The Beach Song” live and not be moved to feel something both beautiful and profoundly personal."
- Ryan Baker, music aficionado