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“Bitter Pill” is the debut EP from Mexican-American country artist Michelle Valenzuela. Raised in El Centro, a rural suburb two hours East of San Diego, Michelle grew up singing in church and writing songs. After relocating to Los Angeles, Michelle spent the last ten years writing songs for other artists as well as for television. In 2016, Valenzuela endured a series of painful life events that led her to begin writing what would become the Bitter Pill EP. Produced by Steve Ornest and tracked by some of LA’s top session musicians, Bitter Pill is raw and honest, but also polished and palatable in a way that far exceeds the expectations of the modern country genre. Paying homage to greats like The Eagles and Johnny Cash, “Bitter Pill” is more at home in the Americana genre than it is Country. “Me and Maybelline” and “Sweet Talk” are the stand-out singles, while the ballad “Bitter Pill” is a heart-wrenching tune easily relatable to all. “The Hardest Thing” shows depth and maturity in Valenzuela’s writing and vocal capabilities that far exceed her age. In a time where the country genre is still male-dominated, Valenzuela is proving that the best song always wins, and she is clearly a force to be reckoned with.

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Michelle Featured on Music Connection Magazine 

Check out Michelle on Music Connection's October issue alongside Tegan and Sarah and Shordie Shordie. The article reads "According to country singer Michelle Valenzuela, country music is still very much a man's world. She has set out to change that with her current body of work, Bitter Pill, out now on all platforms. The album was produced by Steve Ornest at Total Access Recording Studios in Redondo Beach."

 

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Me and Maybelline on Five FM Stations Throughout California 

"Me and Maybelline" is now in rotation on five FM stations throughout California including KX 96.3 & 92.1 Joshua Tree/Coachella, Sierra Wave KSRW 92.5 Bishop, KIBS 100.7 FM in Bishop/Mammoth, and KBUU 99.1 Malibu. Tune in to KX 96.3 & 92.1 this Saturday at 4pm where Michelle will be featured as the Country Catch of the Week!