Chella Negro on How Her Standup Experience Helps Make Her a Better Band Leader

Chella & The Charm is releasing its self-titled, full-length album at the hi-dive on Friday, December 12. The folky Americana project is the latest incarnation of a band fronted by primary singer and songwriters Michelle Caponigro. Performing as Chella Negro for the last several years, Caponigro has established herself as one of the most engaging live performers in Denver, whether playing solo or with a band. Her background in theater has given Caponigro an uncommon poise and confidence on stage, and her lyrics are rich with vivid storytelling, unblinking but compassionate self-examination and pointed observations.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.