Michaela Maree Gehrmann
(born 28 June 1984), who performs as Micky Green
, is an Australian-born blues and pop singer-songwriter. Green left home at 18-years-old to work in modelling but has mainly concentrated on her music career. At the age of 21 Green relocated to Paris, France. Her debut album White T-Shirt
was released there on 27 August 2007, which peaked at No. 12 on the French Albums Chart. Her second album, Honky Tonk
, appeared on 18 January 2010, and reached the top 40. Her most popular single, "Oh!", was issued in May 2008 and peaked at No. 12 on the French Singles Chart. As a model Green has worked for Christian Dior and Diesel but by 2010 she had "all but quit modelling".
Micky Green was born as Michaela Maree Gehrmann on 28 June 1984 and grew up in Sydney. She has both Dutch and German ancestry. Her father, Marc David Gehrmann (born 1960) and mother, Alice June Schüssler (born 1 June 1959), a teacher, were married in 1981. Green has an older sister, Anneke Naomi, after her parents separated in 1993, they were raised by their mother. According to Green "I started singing very young with my father who played the guitar. Then I started playing drums when I was 11, and the piano when I was 14. I started writing around the same time". Green played drums in a jazz and rock band at her secondary school, Asquith Girls High School, and graduated from year 12 in 2001. As a teenager, she was writing songs – one of her first efforts was about a tissue box. She keeps a notebook and has mostly written in airports and hotel rooms. Her first demos were recorded on her computer. To beat out the time, she used the sound of a pen on the table, a box, or her leg.Green started working as a model and was discovered in a Sydney shopping centre and was signed by Vivien's Model Management. At the age of 21 Green relocated to Paris, France in 2005. She released her first album White T-Shirt
on 27 August 2007, working with producer, Renaud Létang (Teki Latex). It peaked at No. 12 on the French Albums Chart. Allmusic's reviewer, Celeste Rhoads, found a "rare gem, drifting playfully along ... There are no songs to skip here; this is perfect soft pop meant to be played through to its flawless end". Upon its Australian release, The Sun-Herald
's Craig Mathieson compared her work favourably with Tori Amos ("more focussed") and KT Tunstall ("stripped-down"). Green's most popular single, "Oh!", was issued in May 2008 and reached No. 12 on the French Singles Chart. Mathieson noted "Oh!" has "[s\]parse, jazz-inflected beats play off popping finger clicks and piano parts". It was used in the V Australia series of television advertising, and in an ad for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in the United States.As a model Green has worked for Christian Dior and Diesel but by 2010 she had "all but quit modelling". Her second album, Honky Tonk
, was issued on 18 January 2010, which reached the top 40 in France. Rhoads was less impressed with this album, "[it\] doesn't quite live up to the charm of its predecessor. However, there's a lure to the mellow rhythms that can't be denied". Amazon.com's editorial reviewer found it was "colorful, rhythmic and playful pop ... adorned with more complex arrangements and grooves, with vintage keyboards and a horn section".Green owns a pet Labrador named Roxy.