Frank...A Musical Journey

"Frank . . . A Musical Journey" is a musical journey reflecting upon key points in the singer's life, and the songs that defined those times for him. Read More

About Rick Michel

A versatile entertainer with a genuine passion for the Great American Songbook, Rick Michel has been performing professionally in a variety of different mediums since the late 1970s. Read More

About The Music

It's full of wonderfully crafted storytelling, for one thing. When the likes of Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer combined creative forces in composing "One For My Baby," they produced one of the best "saloon songs" of all time. Read More


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Frank Sinatra was “The Chairman of the Board,” Elvis was “The King,” Prince was “The Artist,” David Bowie was “The Thin White Duke,” and James Brown was “The Godfather of Soul.” Iconic musicians get the best nicknames, often pertaining to royalty or authority to denote their place at the top. James Brown and Sinatra may not be two people you think of in the same breath, but there were similarities that become apparent with a little reflection. (...)
Frank Sinatra was an intense man. He seemed to feel everything deeply and this came out in everything he did – music, acting, and the relationships with everyone around him. Vocally he could deliver the emotions of the song better than anyone and in the movies he was able to get inside the head of the character he was portraying. This passion was obvious in the real world too, often resulting in reports of his fiery temper or his tumultuous love life. Conversely, he loved to laugh and practical jokes became a way to spill some of those everyday tensions. (...)
I look forward to every performance and my May 14th, 2016 presentation of Sinatra Forever at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center is no different – in fact, with the date falling on the anniversary of a major event, there’s bound to be a special energy in the air that will make this show memorable. (...)
According to the dictionary, the word “creepy” means, “causing an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease,” and while I’ve never heard of Frank Sinatra being thought of as creepy, I’ve come across instances where his music and that word have been used in the same breath. I know it’s hard to believe, but follow along and I’ll show you! (...)
Gorgeous, historic theaters are a real part of the American entertainment experience, adding exponentially to the enjoyment of taking in a live show. Stately décor, elegant fixtures and thought-provoking design prepare the mind creatively for something special – both raising expectations for the performance and assisting the performer at the same time. That’s why I’m particularly excited for my April 28th show at the Alhambra Theatre in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. (...)
Once upon a time there were singers and there were songwriters. Singers focused on all things related to singing – key, tune, pitch, timbre, volume, connecting emotionally, and performing – while songwriters crafted lyrics and melodies (sometimes only one of these) into something the singer and the audience could identify with. Frank Sinatra was “The Voice,” but it turns out he was more than capable at creating a few tunes of his own. (...)