We can’t believe that another season of The Launch has come to an end. It’s like the last day of summer camp in a movie about summer camp. In real life, we hated going to camp, but it always looked like a ton-o-fun in the movies. Thankfully, before we roll up our sleeping bags and collect the underwear with our name written inside, it’s time for one more huge hit. Season 2 of The Launch is going out with a bang thanks to the high energy pop track “Emotional,” performed by our new favourite angsty popstar Michelle Treacy. She would be a really fun bunk mate.
The season finale of The Launch featured legends of yesterday and tomorrow. Big Machine Records head Scott Borchetta and French pop star Marie-Mai once again held court as our favourite musical cheerleaders. The pair were joined by guest mentor Bebe Rexha, who we fangirl over more and more with each new interview and song, and guest producer Nile Rodgers. If you help write and record David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” Madonna’s “Like A Virgin,” Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family,” and Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out,” you’ve earned the right to have an ego the size of the prairies. But as we saw on this week’s episode of The Launch, Nile Rodgers is not only the most talented musician in the world, he’s also the nicest. In the world. We’re not exaggerating on either account.
The season finale of The Launch was packed with talent from the very start, with Michelle auditioning alongside theatre veteran Sarah Carmosino, R&B singer and songwriter Del Hartley, folk musician Adrian Chalifour, and the captivating Toronto singer WILL, who was also chosen to record and perform “Emotional.” While all five artists showed a huge amount of range and talent, it was Michelle Treacy’s rawness and authenticity that helped get her version of “Emotional” launched.
Each episode of The Launch is filmed over a 48-hour period, which doesn’t feel like much time to establish yourself as an artist and record a hit song, but that’s exactly what Michelle Treacy did. In only two days, we watched as the powerhouse vocalist experienced what she calls her “coming out party,” with Treacy giving viewers a front row seat as she evolved into the artist she’s always wanted to be. These were the moments that made us the most “Emotional.” You knew that was coming.
WHEN SHE CAME FULL CIRCLE WITH LADY GAGA
Michelle got her big break when she performed with Lady Gaga in concert at the Bell Centre in Montreal, with the publicity from the event helping Treacy to land her first record deal. Michelle parted ways with her label in January 2018 and saw The Launch as her opportunity to start fresh, saying “I was sad, but I was also happy because I knew it meant a new chapter of my life.”
Treacy’s new original song “Emotional” was co-written by Hillary Lindsey, who worked with Gaga on A Star Is Born and helped pen the 2017 hit “Million Reasons.” Then there’s guest producer Rodgers, who has worked with everyone in music, including Gaga. It’s a nice full circle moment that acted as a reminder to Treacy of how she fell in love with music and performing. Rah rah, Mother Monster.
WHEN SHE KICKED OFF HER COMING OUT PARTY
Stepping in front of the mentors to perform her cover of Bishop Briggs’ “River,” Treacy literally kicked off the next chapter of her career, tossing her shoes to the side and rocking out in bare feet.
WHEN SHE SHOWED HER EMOTION
How could we not have fun with puns for the episode with the song title “Emotional?” After slaying her performance of “River,” Michelle bared her soul with her beautiful and moving original song “Ashes to Ashes.” Scott loved her energy, saying, “That raw emotion that you have is such a live wire with you and that’s really unique.” But it was Marie-Mai’s comment that moved Michelle to tears, “When I listen to you sing what I hear and what I see is your heart.”
We managed to hold back the tears until LIVING LEGEND Nile Rodgers saw that Michelle needed a friend at that moment and took her hand before giving her a hug. One embrace from Nile is probably enough shared molecules for Michelle to produce as least two hit records.
WHEN THE MENTORS EMBRACED MICHELLE
Michelle made the brave choice to perform a song that left her vulnerable to the mentors. It was a gamble that paid off. “That was even better than I hoped for,” said Michelle following her audition. “They completely embraced me.”
WHEN THERE WAS A PARTY IN THE STUDIO
Has any group of people in the history of music had more fun in the recording studio than Michelle Treacy, Nile Rodgers, Bebe Rexha, Marie-Mai and Scott Borchetta? We think not. “She surprised me,” said Nile following Michelle’s time in the booth. “I didn’t know that she had all that in her and all of a sudden it was like bang, there you go.”
WHEN BEBE AND MARIE-MAI HELPED MICHELLE FIND HER VOICE
Following her audition, Bebe said of Michelle “I think there’s another layer of her waiting to come out.” There were actually two layers that Michelle had yet to reveal. The first was in the recording studio, where Nile and Scott gave her the freedom and Bebe gave her the confidence to use her voice and make “Emotional” her own.
The second layer came with the performance, with Marie-Mai using the rehearsal to help Michelle, a seasoned performer, making her time on stage even more impactful for the audience.
WHEN MICHELLE TREACY WAS PURE JOY
A Michelle Treacy performance brings joy.
Have we ever seen the mentors look like this during a performance?
That’s the power of a performance by an artist who has found their voice.
Time to get “Emotional!”