In Memoriam: Michal the Girl

by delarue

Michal Friedman, who performed under the name Michal the Girl and was one of the finest powerpop songwriters of recent years, died unexpectedly last Friday of complications from childbirth after delivering healthy twins via cesarean section. A native of Halifax, Friedman came to New York in the late 90s and quickly gained a devoted following who flocked to her shows at clubs like Luna Lounge. With her cheery, spiky melodies, witty lyrics, indomitably pixieish stage presence and songs like Hook Line and Sink Me and Miss Guided, she good-naturedly skewered the ups and downs of relationships without being corny about it. A practicing Buddhist, she frequently spiced her songs with Asian motifs. Friedman was also highly regarded in the Losers Lounge scene, and was often called on to sing the more difficult melodies originally done by singers ranging from Michael Jackson to Kate Bush. More recently, she’d carved out a successful career as a voiceover artist while continuing to sing her inimitably catchy original material.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 30th, at 4 PM at the New York Shambhala Centre, located at 118 W 22nd St, 6th floor; there will also be a memorial concert at Rockwood Music Hall on December 19 at 6 PM. New York Music Daily sends sincerest condolences to her husband Jay, her newborn children Jackson and Reverie, and the Friedman family. Michal will be missed.