My name is Arily Michele. I am named after an acronym my parents used in letters to each other. It means "always remember I love you" (pronounced air-ill-ee). I'm a military brat, originally from a small town in North Carolina. I'm a proud Virgo sun and Aries moon.
I came to Denver to find my voice and wound up recording an entire album. My debut LP, Echolalia, started out as a 6-song bedroom pop EP and flourished into a 10-song studio album over the course of the pandemic. The album was released in January 2021. Since then, I have been featured on Colorado Public Radio, 303 Magazine, and tons more. My debut single, Ophelia, has garnered thousands of streams worldwide.
The duality between my earthy sun and fiery moon is a theme that is heavily explored in my music. I like combining elements that would not otherwise go together - baroque music theory with electronic instruments; raw, soulful vocals with danceable arpeggiated synths; complex lyrics and simple song forms - to create unexpected but catchy and hauntingly beautiful melodies. I am continuously writing new music, pushing out of my comfort zone to create songs that get stuck in your head for days on end.