Michelle Chenard's connection with her audiences isn't difficult to understand...her powerful voice, dynamic performances and captivating stage presence have won her faithful legions of fans statewide. In particular, she's established a stronghold of ardent admirers throughout northern Michigan over the past several years, a direct result of her engaging performances at area venues and festivals; from the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City to the Grand Marais Music Festival in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to any one of a number of high-profile venues in Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Bay Harbor.
Michelle started her musical career in high school, performing with various local bands before re-locating to Florida, entertaining at several Disney properties and resorts, and traveling throughout the southern United States. Several successful tours in Europe followed, and she eventually landed on the east coast, showcasing at such venerable venues as CBGB's in New York City and The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
After several years in the New York metropolitan area, Michelle decided to move closer to her roots and her family, bringing her back to her native northern Michigan. She soon became the driving force behind the popular northern Michigan group Leavin' Dodge, releasing three CD's and opening for such national acts as Collective Soul, Reba McEntire and others. In 2001, she decided to go solo, and the summer of 2002 saw the release of her first solo record, "4", along with the single "Ordinary Time", both of which received college and regional airplay, garnering rave reviews from fans and press alike. Since then, she has been gaining attention with her songwriting and was asked to contribute to "Standing Together", a collection of songs from Michigan artists to benefit at risk children in Grand Rapids and the annual "A Winters Tune" concert in Grand Rapids.
Michelle's latest CD, 39 Drops, was released March 25, 2005 and has further solidified her reputation as a talented songwriter and performer.