Looking to the Future
and Dreaming Big

Passenger Profile: Michele Jusko

By Kenny Kerner
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It took Michele Jusko quite a while to determine that music was going to be a career. But once she got started, it was one success after another. Self-taught but now taking lessons, Michele describes to us how her career unfolded thus far and what she plans to accomplish in the future.

When did you first realize that music was going to be a career for you?

About three years ago. I had been working in film and television casting for many years; very long hours and stressful days for not enough money. I was working on the casting for a television pilot for the WB and was working 14-hour days in a row for almost a month and thought, "I'm really not happy and I don't want to be doing casting anymore." I wanted to be doing my music as a career because that brings me complete joy even when it's tough.

Do you come from a musical family?

I was adopted when I was a baby and my adoptive family is not musical at all. However, I found my birth mom a few years ago and learned that I have a very musical family. My birth mother is a singer, birth father a pianist, and my grandfather (who passed away several years ago) was a percussionist for the Boston Symphony for many years.

Are you schooled in music or self-taught?

I'm self-taught but I'm currently taking piano lessons to become a better player.

How would you objectively critique your very first original song, "Another Peanut Butter Love Song"?

Well, I was only 7 years old when I wrote it so I guess I can't be too harsh on myself. I think it had a good melody, catchy hook, and was funny. Although I must admit the lyrics were definitely quite silly!! I think kids who are 7 and younger and who are big fans of peanut butter probably would get a kick out of this tune.

What was your most impressive success so far as a songwriter?

A Pop ballad I co-wrote with Damian Pierre "Walk Away" was a runner up in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2005.

What made you join TAXI?

I thought it seemed like a good opportunity to get your music to industry people who are often not accessible without inside connections.

How has TAXI helped with your career?

I've had one placement of a song in three spots of a regional commercial in Minneapolis through a Music Library that I was forwarded to from TAXI. Also, a few of the song critiques have been helpful and insightful.

What are some of the goals you've set for the coming years?

I've only recorded a five-song EP so far and I'm hoping in the next month or two to try and record, mix, and master several new songs to complete my first debut album. I'd like to get signed by a great music label (either major or Indie) that really believes in me and my music and will allow me to still have a good deal of creative control and freedom.

I'm signed with a few music libraries non-exclusively, but would like to find a terrific one that I sign with exclusively, that wants to really push all my songs (not just one or two) for major music placements in film and television. I would like to get a theme song placement on a successful show. (Who wouldn't, right?!)

I'd like to also find a terrific personal manager and record producer that will really be invested in me for the long haul and that I truly trust, respect, and admire.

I've only gigged in Los Angeles so far but am hopefully going to be doing a New York City show over Thanksgiving break. I'd like to in the future be able to tour in the U.S. and internationally and would like to build a very big, loyal fan base that attends these shows and buys my albums.

Okay, so this one is an extremely LOFTY GOAL and many would say unrealistic, but why not dream big... I'd like to have at least one of my songs nominated for a Grammy and an Academy Award.

Yeah, why not dream big, Michele? And hopefully, when you do win that Grammy, TAXI will be one of the companies you thank.

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— Dwight Nichols,
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