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Notes from Michelle – Summer 2018

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Happy Summer! The band and I are getting back into the studio this summer and are excited to make more music. It’s been so much fun playing with the newest members of my band; Jeremy Lyons, Papa Bear, Mike Pinette and Will Lawrence, who have come on board to join the amazing Patzner brother’s…Graham, Anton & Lewis. We are having a blast making some great music and have become a family of music makers who really enjoy each other so much. These guys bring a freshness and excitement that shows in the music we are preparing for you to hear.

Which makes me want to remind you to SAVE THE DATE for NOVEMBER 29th 2018, which will be my 10th year of doing this special benefit concert. We have fed over 3.5 million people at this point with your support…so thank you for helping spread the love. This year, we have lots of surprises in store for you. It is our 10th annual benefit, my 30th year as a close friend of Bill AND I am turning 60!!! So, we are going for broke at this year’s concert! Come down and celebrate these huge milestones and help us get food to people in need. And if you can’t make the concert, please buy the 3 new records, St Mary’s, Looking Back and Christmas Stories. ALL 3 records make great gifts and will help people in need.

We finished recording St. Mary’s, which will be released on my 60th Birthday, September 13th. The record is the most important record I’ve ever written and I look forward to sharing it with you all. My dear friend and photographer, Danielle Rubi, flew back to Detroit with me in February to shoot the cover and the inside photographs and experienced winter Detroit style! It is a very personal and special record and will be available September 13th on CD, LP and special download packaging. 100% of all proceeds of this record will go to ExtraFood and Little Wishes.

The band and I are excited for you to hear Looking Back, which was recorded last spring with the talented Billy Shaddox and Graham Patzner.  It was recorded in memory of my good friend Paul Tyler and will be the 2nd record with all proceeds going to the NOAH TYLER COLLEGE FUND. Please click here to buy your CD, download package or LP with download card included. All make great gifts and will help Paul’s son Noah get to college.

I spent time on the Big Island in February, a week in Hana, Maui, a week in Tucson this winter with my best friends, then Montreal. and had some good time to write and spend some quiet time before we go back into the studio this summer. Fall will start with a trip to Atlanta, followed by my annual trip to Paris (with the intent to arrange our 2019 concert in Paris at St. Eustache), and then we will get ready for our November 29th show at 142 Throckmorton. The next morning I will be on a plane to Munich and back to Paris for a much needed rest.

I’m excited for all that is planned and I look forward to entering my 60th year with happiness in my heart, doing as much as I can do to be of service to those in need and enjoying the ride. I am blessed to have so much love in my life and am grateful every day. I hope to see you on November 29th. Stay tuned for news of upcoming surprise shows that we have in the works.

God bless,

Michelle Schmitt

Sausalito 2018

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