The daughter of Karen Spence and Glenford Mckoy named Ann Marie Michelle Mckoy was born June of 1982 and grew up in Denham Town, West Kingston with her three sisters and 3 brothers. As a past student of the Penwood High School she was engaged in the Performing Arts where she found the love for dancing, enjoyed singing and was verse at hair styling. She is then became the mother of her one and only daughter Tatiana Palmer.
In early 2000 Michelle Mckoy started working alongside one of the greatest dancers from Jamaica, Gerald Levy otherwise known as Bogle / Mr.Wacky. They became great friends making moves in the field of entertainment, being featured in various music videos, working stage shows and events leading up to Michelle’s first break in 2002 when she started working as a Hardcopy Model doing fashion shows. However, the talent Michelle expressed whenever show casing her dancing skills has always left a mark and so with the encouragement from Bogle and the rest of her peers she was introduced to the Annual “International Dancehall Queen” competition held in Montego Bay, Pier One July 2002 where she entered and was not placed, Michelle was not satisfied her intention was to be placed 1st in such a competition, she went back to the Dancehall Queen Competition in 2003 and dominated the event as the 1st place winner. Her crowning as the International Dancehall Queen 2003 for Jamaica opened doors and led her love for dancing and fashion into a professional career.
Michelle Mckoy now goes by the name “Mad Michelle” because of her extraordinary behaviour when displaying her dancing skills. She would dance and climb trees, sound box, wall or use any object that would help create a scene to make a statement for her audience. Today, Mad Michelle is a dancehall icon because of her creative fashion and dramatic performances. She is also the creator of her own dance moves such as ‘walk & shake’, ‘Sort Out’, ‘sexy walk out’, ‘spider web’ and more.
Mad Michelle have been working with several entertainers in the music industry, the likes of Beenie Man, Bounty Killa, Scare Dem Crew, Elephant Man, Harry Toddler, Cecile, Lady Saw, Macka Diamond, Shaggy, Voicemail, Rdx, Mr. Vegas and many more acts both local and international taking part in a host of music videos, travelling for special performances in England, United States, Canada, Bermuda, St. Vincent, Barbados, Trinidad, Cayman Islands and Antigua just to name a few, representing for her country and title.
One of her greatest achievements was being crowned Caribbean Dancehall Queen in 2006 where she took home the title from Tortola to Jamaica, from there Mad Michelle career became in demand. She started making special guest appearances at the weekly events such as Passa Passa, Weddy Weddy, Bembe, Dutty Fridays, Uptown Mondays and the sales for the DVDs from most of these events increased due to the fact Mad Michelle was on them. She got acknowledged by more artistes in the entertainment industry and was performing with them on the major events like STING, Sumfest, Fully Loaded, Radio Road Shows, Pepsi Teen Splash and other gigs which required her dancing techniques; she even began working with the cooperates advertising for products such as Slam Condom, Magnum Tonic Wine, Bigga and Digicel. Mad Michelle has a collection of trophies in her catalog for her victorious moments and was nominated in the Youth View Awards 2007 and the Music Industry Achievers Awards in 2008.
In 2010 Mad Michelle appeared on the “Dancing Dynamites” Television Program as a special guest, she was also a part of the Dancing Show called “In The Dance” on several episodes aired on CVM Television. She has done numerous interviews with most of the media houses and can be seen in lots of documentaries that highlights dancehall as well as there are archives with countless newspaper and magazine write ups with the Dancehall Queen.
Mad Michelle is being brand as a Dancehall Pioneer; she is one of the most popular Dancehall Queen from Jamaica alongside the first Dancehall Queens Carlene and Stacy. Mad Michelle helped to pave the way for other female dancers today by her contribution to the dancehall industry. Mad Michelle continues to venture into entertainment and is also recording with the Magician Records Label and Mass House Production. She is in the process of releasing a mix tape as well as there is a recent collaboration track released with Mad Michelle and fellow dancehall pioneers Ding Dong, John Bling, Keiva, Queen Latesha, Latonya Styles, Boysie, Sadiki , Craigy Dread and upcoming singer Don Frisko as a tribute to the Great Bogle.
Mad Michelle recently started doing her dancehall workshops at the Dance Jamaica Cultural Center in Liguanea and she is also now working with Queen Latesha Promotions & Booking Agency which will be doing her upcoming Europe Tour for July of 2014.