A special thank you to my band, and entire team, for making our 10th Annual Show a sell out success. St. Mary’s was well received and everyone at the show had a blast… but in the end, the guys and and I had the biggest blast of all. Save the date for December 5th, 2019 for next year’s benefit.
This is Michelle’s most important and personal record to date. She spent three years writing these songs and each one tells a story that expresses the depth of her heart, feelings and observations about how she and other people live and the choices we all make in the moments that count the most. There is a theme of love, incomprehensible betrayal and loss, the stages in which she was able to let go and accept difficult challenges.
Think Detroit classic rock & soul comes together with a fire and fury that comes from years of singing it, sleeping it, dreaming it. Detroit Girl is the most comprehensive and FUN record out in a long time. Michelle Schmitt, born and raised in Detroit, knows how to rock it loud, sing it sweet and funk it up like no other; she’s been doing it since there were real garage bands.
Looking Back is dedicated to my dear friend and band mate, Paul Tyler, who passed away in Spring of 2014. Paul is dearly missed by all of us who knew and loved him. All proceeds from this album will go Paul’s son via the Noah Tyler College Fund. This record features another friend of Paul’s, Billy Shaddox, and we’ve included one of Eric Shea’s original songs to honor their deep friendship. My band mate and friend, Graham Patzner, is also featured on this record.
Please purchase this CD or LP in memory of my friend Paul Tyler and help raise money for the Noah Tyler College Fund. We hope you enjoy.
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a good holiday. It’s exciting to start 2019 with so many great projects in the works. The boys and I will be going into our first recording session of the year at the beginning of March, after I get back from my beloved hometown, Detroit, where I will look at venues to bring the boys and play some music. Then I will be in Paris most of April, also looking for venues for 2020 show, and again in September/October, performing small acoustic shows. So far, before we’ve even come back together, my band and I have our 11th annual holiday show booked for December 5th at 142 Throckmorton Theater. Thank you to everybody who attended our 10th annual show at the end of 2018. We, collectively, did a great job getting food to many people in need. Look for our date to do our second annual Little Wishes benefit concert, also at the Throckmorton Theater. This year the band and I will also spend a lot of time at Stinson Beach, the perfect place to make music. We’ve got a fun year ahead of us and plans for two records. Since we will play some shows in Detroit, “Detroit Girl” is being made into LPs and my band and I are going into our March session to record “Detroit Girls too”. It will be fun to teach the boys some of my favorite local Detroit Rock & Roll and Motown songs, and even more fun to have two LPs out there for all of you. They will make a nice set. The second project will be a record of my new original songs. We will record that sometime this summer. We’re also talking about playing at Burning Man. The boys and I have been together now for two years so it will be good to share some of my catalog with them. I look forward to sending those out to you by the end of the year. My wish for 2019 is that, in this new year, you find peace when you want it, stillness when you need it and excitement when you’re looking for it. And in this current political climate, I hope that all who are reading this, see what you can do to contribute by putting some good out there. It’s more important than ever. It makes me think of my current favorite quote by Albert Camus. “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger — something better, pushing right back.”
God bless and Happy New Year,
Stinson Beach, CA