Rory Michelle Sullivan is a singer-songwriter and composer. Her work explores relating to ourselves, others, and a spiritual Source in healthy, authentic, creative, and constructive ways. She 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's Jewish music has been featured at festivals such as ISH, Cincinnati's Jewish and Israeli Arts and Cultural Festival and on the Emerging Artist Showcase on Jewish Rock Radio hosted by celebrated Americana singer-songwriter Joe Buchanan.
Rory Michelle has released three studio albums of original songs: 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. Her musical, Rising in Love, is currently in development. Watch the trailer, hear the music, and learn more at risinginlovethemusical.com.
Rory Michelle Sullivan is a singer-songwriter, composer, musician, and Jewish educator with twenty years of experience leading communities in song. Through joyful song and moving melodies that “hit you in the kishkes”, she endeavors to create experiences that bring people closer to each other, to a spiritual Source, and to themselves. Bringing inspiring Jewish wisdom and her contagious enthusiasm, energy, and warmth, Rory Michelle connects with all sectors and ages of any community. Noted on Jewish Rock Radio as an Emerging Artist and currently serving as an artist-in-residence in Jewish communities throughout the northeast, Rory Michelle is poised to become an influential leader in contemporary Jewish music and education nation-wide. With her background in nonprofit management/fundraising, program development/event planning, and a Masters in Arts in Education, Rory Michelle is a valuable thought-partner and strategist in crafting exactly the program that you are looking for.
Rory Michelle has worked with a wide range of Jewish communities, from the recently created to the long established, from the experimental to the traditional. She has worked with summer overnight and day camps to create a culture of Jewish song and spirit, with b’nai mitzvah students to co-create meaningful celebrations, and with synagogues, alternative Jewish communities and independent minyanim to create connection between people of all ages. From tiny babies to the eldest members of our communities, from lively Shabbat programs to intimate healing services, she has touched thousands of individuals with her enchanting voice and spirit.