Raised in New York in a church, Michelle David started singing at the age of four and joined her first group, The Mission of Love, when she was five. During her career, she toured the world with Broadway musical “Mama”, contributed to successful theatre shows such as “The Sound of Motown”, “Glory of Gospel” and “Mahalia” and recorded for artists such as Diana Ross and Michael Bolton. This all happened before releasing six critically acclaimed gospel-infused albums with the True-tones.   

Michelle David & The True-tones know how to put on a glowing evening of classic soul. With their upbeat grooves, powerful vocals, and strong melodies, they have already conquered many festivals and numerous clubs. Having played renowned Dutch festivals such as Pinkpop and North Sea Jazz, the band toured from Spain to Scandinavia, leaving memorable impressions wherever they play; delivering an unforgettable live experience. In addition, the band's discography has also been praised; receiving an Edison nomination (the Dutch Grammy), while their previous record “Truth & Soul” was named Album of the Month on FIP radio in France and Album of the Year at Craig Charles’ BBC Radio 6 Music show. The group did numerous radio and TV performances and were even invited to play their music on the biggest National TV show during the Winter Olympics 2022.

Michelle David (vocals), Paul Willemsen (guitar, bass guitar), Onno Smit (guitar, bass guitar) and Bas Bouma (drums) form a tight-knit unit that seamlessly blends their individual talents, resulting in the distinctive sound that defines Michelle David & the True-tones. The band's instrumentation, characterized by groovy basslines, and Michelle David's powerhouse vocals, becomes a vibrant tapestry in the studio setting. With their new album "Brothers & Sisters", Michelle David & the True-tones have crafted a sonic journey which resonates with the soulful spirit of their live shows, inviting audiences to groove along with them on a timeless musical voyage.

“A solid set of classic soul” KEXP (US)

"'Brothers & Sisters' is not only the retro-soul album of the year - it is one of the best albums of the year" Kulturnews Magazine (DE)

★★★★ De Volkskrant (NL)

“It’s going to be a big year for them” Craig Charles - BBC 6 Music (UK)

"MDTT has kept intact its red-hod groove and its ability to guide us towards collective hope" FIP Radio (FR)

“The whole album is phenomenal. […] It's easy to predict its presence in the top lists of the year” Rockerilla Magazine (IT)

“A furious retro jukebox” Jazzthing (DE)

“Michelle David & The True-tones deliver that soulful goodness” Soultracks (UK)

“Michelle David & The True-tones make a triumphant return with this new album” Blues Magazine (NL)

“This is what delights us! Michelle David, whose vital flame and delicate soulful range we love, has a new album” RFI (FR)


The band released their new album at April 5, with its first single being 'Brothers and Sisters' released on February 7 and the second single 'That is you' released on March 20.

Michelle David & the True-tones signed with label Record Kicks.

On October 17, 2023 the band performed live on Dutch National Television (Khalid & Sophie) with Dutch Strings Collectives.

In winter 2023 the band played 2 special shows with the Dutch String Collective.

Michelle David & The True-tones were playing as VIP at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2023.

Michelle David & The True-tones did their first show in the Baltic States at Jazzkaar Festival in Estonia in April 2023.

The album Truth & Soul was been picked as album of the year by BBC6 Music DJ Craig Charles.

The new album Truth & Soul, was released April 29th 2022 and got a great amount of feedback. Several tracks of the album have been added to a.o. New Music Friday NL, Soul 'n The City and All Funked Up.

Michelle David & The True-tones performed in the Eurovision village during the Eurovision Songcontest 2022 in Turin.

The band was on air for during the daily TV program during the Winter Olympics (from 4 - 7 February 2022). Prime time national TV - app. 2 mln viewers per day.

The band released their much acclaimed Christmas Album - It's a Soulful Christmas (Dec. 2020) with Airplay on a.o. BBC Radio 6 (UK), Radio 2 (NL), WDR (DE), FIP (FR) and KEXP (USA). 

Spotify put Michelle David & The True-tones on the cover of their “Stay Tuned” playlist.

Victory!, the latest single of The Gospel Sessions Vol. 4 is Top Song at the Dutch radio channel NPO Radio 2.

On March 30 Michelle David & The True-tones got invited by Dutch TV show “De Wereld Draait Door” to play “Respect” by Aretha Franklin on their very last broadcast.

On March 6, Michelle David & The True-tones released their new album “Vol. 4”. The album immediatly got well receveid by both media and public. To promote the album the band played at Dutch TV show “De Wereld Draait Door”, Npo Radio 2 and Npo Radio 5.

Michelle David & The True-tones announced EGO FM. as their German tour sponsor. Dutch music magazine “Oor” and dailypaper “Parool” both praised “Vol.4” in a very positive review.

“Vol. 4” got airplay in several radiostations in France. Amongst other Fip Radio and Jazz Radio.

Michelle David & The True-tones released the first two singles of the upcoming album Vol.4 in december 2019 and january 2020. Both the singles “You Are” and “Yes I Am” received a lot of attention from various radio and television channels in The Netherlands, France and Spain.

Michelle David & The True-tones played more then 40 festivals and headline shows confirmed for 2019 in France, a.o. Bout du Monde (Crozon), Les Escales de St. Nazaire, This is not a love song (Nîmes) and Jazz a Sete.

May 2019, After releasing their album in Belgium, France, Italy and Spain, Michelle David & The True Tones also released their album ‘The Gospel Sessions vol. 3’ in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

National German TV program Inas Nacht @13 July 2019 - Primetime / 20:15.

Played during the Liberation Day ‘Concert op de Amstel’ 5 May for the King & Queen + live TV (1.5 mln viewers).

Eurosonic AIR stage on 17 January 2019 (2nd consecutive year).

FIP Radio (national French Radio) Album of the Month December.

First headlining clubtour in Germany in March 2019.

Immediately after first show @ BIME Festival Bilbao (25 October 2018) three Spanish festivals we’re confirmed.

FIP Radio (national French Radio) Album of the Month December 2019.

First headlining clubtour in Germany in March 2019 was completely sold out.

Social Media Stats:

Facebook: 6.500

Instagram: 2.726

Spotify Monthly Listeners: 50.700

Spotify Monthly Streams: 148.400


Click to listen!

Brothers & Sisters | 2024

The Gospel Sessions, Vol. 4 | 2020

The Gospel Sessions, Vol. 3 | 2018

The Gospel Sessions, Vol. 1 | 2015

Truth & Soul | 2022

It's a Soulful Christmas | 2020

The Gospel Sessions, Vol. 2 | 2016


‘A record that is full of musicality.’ - AD ( 4 stars ) ‘The Gospel Sessions Vol. 2 is again a beautiful lived through sounding and tasteful produced gospel-soul album, as they are produced too few internationally.’ - Volkskrant

‘Something so scintillating that you have as much pleasure watching the show as the countless smiles in the audience’

- La Grosse Radio

‘Paul and Onno are there relaxed self and duet and duel brilliantly. They have created the perfect platform for Michelle on which they can all build, enrich and compound themselves.’ – OOR

‘Michelle David sings with her heart and soul in every note. With next to Onno Smit and Paul Willemsen also Toon Omen there is more room for more sound, more instruments, but it never gets predictable. Unique and great piece of work.’


‘Michelle David & TheTrue-tones captivate the soul to the beat of a gospel wrapped in soul, blues, jazz, and funk.’

- Bulles de Culture

‘The idea behind the project is just as simple as genius.’ -

‘With exactly the right sober but swinging accompaniment of two guitars and drums, David made some kind of music that seemed extinct.’ - Volkskrant

‘Each performance she explores her complete ability again and often does vocals things that she does not remember after.’ - OOR

‘Her voice is astonishing every time’ – La Depeche France


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