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10 Years of Benefits

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.

Latest Album, St. Mary’s

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.

Birthday Bash Big Success

Michelle welcomed her 60th birthday by putting on a benefit concert for Little Wishes and raising enough money to put smiles on the faces of 2500 children in long-term hospital care. Michelle also raised money for No Kid Hungry and was able to provide 30,000 lunches to children who don’t have the means to bring lunches to school. 100% of the proceeds of all of Michelle‘s music and concerts go to organizations that help people in need.

Looking Back, Dedicated to Paul Tyler

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.

Notes from Michelle, New Year’s 2019

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. Then I will be in Paris most of April 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 three records; one of new original songs that I’ve written; a second one which is a surprise; and, in celebration of my 20th year back in the music, we will record an anthology record of 20 favorite originals songs with a 2019 Burning Man show in mind. It will be fun to take a journey back through some of the 300 songs that are available on all streaming sites to find 20 songs that feel like they would be fun to revisit with my talented new band. 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,
Michelle Schmitt
Stinson Beach, CA

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