This past year has been filled with so many incredible experiences… hanging out with Judy Collins and Glen Hansard in NYC, getting advice on songwriting from Graham Nash at the M.U.S.E. concert in August with the great Bonnie Raitt, going to the 54th Grammy Awards and staying at The Chateau Marmont with my dear friend and art director, Molly Tuttle, as well as taking our annual trip to Paris to do a photo shoot with the soulful photographer Danielle Rubi-Dentzel. I’ve also watched a few important people in my life face some heavy challenges, which makes me grateful each day for peace, health & a willingness to keep “trudging the road to happy destiny”. I’ve seen miracles happen when the human spirit is engaged in love and faith. As one of the lines in a song on my new record LATE TONIGHT says “there’s beauty in the breakdown”.
Ricky Fataar and I have finished co-producing my latest record. The band is crazy amazing. Ricky Fataar on drums, George Marinelli and Drew Zingg on guitars, John R. Burr on piano and keyboards, George on mandolin, and Marc Levine on bass. In the engineering department, Michael Gray has joined the HSR team as Studio Manager and Lead Engineer.
My new record LATE TONIGHT is now available on itunes and here at my home site. It’s a huge departure from my past work, but all about where I come from musically. You will hear influences from Detroit rock & soul to California folk/rock to harmonic touches from my travels. None of it makes sense and all of it makes sense.
All my love, Michelle Schmitt San Francisco, December 2012