Michele Brourman is the winner of the Johnny Mercer Award for "Emerging American Songwriters." A frequent performer in ASCAP's songwriter concerts, she has appeared in the prestigious Lyrics and Lyricist Series at New York's 92nd Street Y, at the Smithsonian Institute, and at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall.
Her songs have been recorded by Olivia Newton-John, Cleo Laine, Margaret Whiting, Amanda McBroom, Billy Stritch and Thelma Houston. Her best-known song, "My Favorite Year," was recorded by Michael Feinstein and featured in the television drama Santa Barbara. Other Brourman songs have been performed in the television series Cagney & Lacey and in Designing Women. The song, "Are There Angels," recorded by Sheena Easton, can be heard in the critically acclaimed movie Shiloh.
With lyricist Amanda McBroom, she created songs for three sequels to The Land Before Time for Universal Studios and the animated feature Hercules and Xena. They also completed songs for American Tail IV. Brourman's film scores include an award-winning documentary for PBS, Dixie Carter's two platinum selling Yoga videos (both for MCA) and Conscious Heart with authors Gay & Kathlyn Hendricks.
She composed all the dance and incidental music for the Broadway production of Studs Terkel's WORKING. For director Steven Kent, she has scored eight plays, including the premiere of Jo Carson's award winning DAYTRIPS at Los Angeles Theatre Center and another Jo Carson premiere, WHISPERING TO HORSES, at Seven Stages in Atlanta. Her theatre songs can be heard in Amanda McBroom's HEARTBEATS. She also wrote the music for a collaboration with lyricist/librettist, Sheilah Rae, and librettist, Thomas Edward West: JOSIE & THE WOMEN OF TOMBSTONE. The musical became I MARRIED WYATT EARP and was staged in September 2005 by the Riverside Theatre in Bristol, PA.
Brourman has helped to create and arrange Dixie Carter's acclaimed cabaret show for the Cafe Carlyle and has produced two record albums with Ms. Carter. As musical director Michele has also worked with Amanda McBroom, Sandra Bernhard, Bernadette Peters, and Lesley Ann Warren. She composed the music for the 2006 film, The Adventures of Brer Rabbit. She has written special musical material for artists ranging from Aretha Franklin to Crystal Gayle, was a staff writer for NBC's John Davidson Show, and played piano in Bob Dylan's band. Michele has two sons—Noah and Luke.