Since childhood, Michelle has always possessed an enormous passion for music. Although she was born and raised in Stoughton, MA, her parents, who emigrated from Terceira, Azores, instilled in her the cultural values from their Portuguese heritage. Michelle has participated in various cultural musical groups such as the folklore dance, playing saxophone in the marching band, carnival dances, as well as musical theater, jazz and opera ensembles. For Michelle, the hope of one day recording an album began to reveal itself in 1998, upon meeting Jack Sebastião, a Portuguese composer and producer.
Several opportunities began to submerge following the first. She was given the opportunity to record a duet with Portuguese singer, Carlos Galvão. In January of 2000, the duet, "Abraça-me", hit #1 in various radio stations, and remained one of the most requested songs for several weeks.
Since then, Michelle has shared the stage with several famous Portuguese singers such as Ágata, Roberto Leal, Miguel e André, Carmen Silva, Santamaria, Jorge Fereira, Jack Sebastião, Marc Dennis, Nélia, and several others.
In May of 2003, Michelle graduated with honors with bachelor degrees in Portuguese and Music at UMass Dartmouth. "I feel that music inspires me to pursue my dreams and goals, especially the sound of great vocalists such as Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Sarah Brightman, Teresa Salgueiro, Christina Branco, Ella Fitzgerald, and Amália Rodrigues. I hope that some day others can feel the same passion for my music as I feel for the music of these artists." Michelle expressed.
Aside from fulfilling her dream as a recording artist, Michelle also spends her time teaching other aspiring students music and vocal instruction.