Michelle Murray

 

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*NEW! The Michelle Murray Melange Band!

The Michelle Murray Melange is a potent mixture of classic rock, country, blues and reggae, built on the solid foundation of award-winning singer-songwriters Michelle Murray and Greg Marsh. Murray and Marsh have been delighting local and international audiences with their outstanding originals and inspired interpretations of others’ music for many years, and now have combined their talents in the Melange! In addition to the exquisite vocal-and-guitar work of Murray and Marsh, the Michelle Murray Melange features the shimmering steel guitar of Mike Murphy, the rumbling bass and charming harmonies of Donate Gardner, and the irresistible rhythms of drummer Todd Van Gelder. It’s a powerful blend of beautiful voices, outstanding players and a variety of musical styles you won’t get from any other band – it’s the Michelle Murray Melange!

For more information, see the Michelle Murray Melange Facebook page.

Michelle Michelle Band

In addition to her solo work, Michelle has formed a group with fellow singer/songwriter Michelle Lockey. The group plays a combination of originals and covers that span genres including Americana, Country, Singer Songwriter and Pop. They have a unique sound that consists of magical harmonies and an upbeat lightheartedness. For more information, see the Michelle Michelle web site for upcoming shows.

Legendary songwriter Bob Franke on "The Open Stage"

Tune in to The Open Stage on January 5, 2011 at 8 p.m., when Michelle talks to songwriting legend Bob Franke about his upcoming Songwriters Workshop, sponsored by the Songwriter's Association of Washington and the Baltimore Songwriter's Association, on January 15-16 (see www.saw.org for more info) and his house concert on January 15 in Pikesville Maryland. He will also talk about his approach to songwriting and his sources of inspiration. Bob has been offering his own brand of songwriting workshop for over 20 years and has garnered great respect, praise and gratitude from songwriters, as well as audiences, throughout the country. Bob's songs are considered classics worldwide and have been sung and recorded by hundreds of other performers, including John McCutcheon, Lui Collins, Kathy Mattea, Peter Paul & Mary, and many more. Tom Paxton has said of Bob, "It's his integrity. I always think of Bob as if Emerson and Thoreau had picked up acoustic guitars and gotten into songwriting."

To listen live or anytime, visit the Open Stage web site at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-Open-Stage

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Sally Barris, Don Henry and Craig Carothers on "The Open Stage"

Tune in to The Open Stage on Oct 9, 2010 at 11 a.m., when Michelle talks to Nashville songwriting pros Sally Barris, Don Henry, Craig Carothers about their upcoming Nashville Songwriters Workshop, sponsored by the Songwriter's Association of Washington, on Oct. 11 (see www.saw.org for more info) and their performance the next night at the Folk Club of Reston/Herdon,and their approaches to songwriting. They have received multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM awards and their songs have been recorded by Kathy Mattea, Lee Ann Womack, Martina Mcbride, Trisha Yearwood, John Michael Montgomery, Ray Charles, Patti Page, Conway Twitty and many more. Hear them live, from the road, as they travel into the D.C. area!.

To listen live or anytime, visit the Open Stage web site at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-Open-Stage

Margot MacDonald on "The Open Stage"

Tune into The Open Stage on January 25 at 8:30 p.m., when Michelle Murray will interview 'New Artist of the Year' and 'Modern Rock Vocalist' Wammie winner, Margot MacDonald. Margot's 2009 album release, WALLS, landed her on the Grammy's first round ballot for New Artist, Best Rock Vocal Performance (Immigrant Song) and Best Rock Album of the Year (WALLS). Margot will join Michelle on The Open Stage on to talk about her upcoming shows at the 9:30 CLUB, The Barns at Wolf Trap, and her appearance at the Hope for Haiti Benefit Concert at BlackRock Center for the Arts on January 30th. We'll also play some songs from her WALLS CD..

To listen live or anytime, visit the Open Stage web site at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-Open-Stage

Hope for Haiti Benefit Concert at the BlackRock Center for the Arts

On January 30, 2010 at the Black Rock Arts Center 7pm.-10 pm. Hosted by AtThisPoint and Michelle Murray. Please mark your calendars and come to support this show. A group of great musicians will use their talents to raise money for this cause, including Margot MacDonald, Chapter Three, Second Wind Bandits, Sol Roots, Laura Baron ellen cherry, ATP, Hand Painted Swinger and Kindlewood. For more information visit the Facebook event page..

Ocean City Breeze wins Honorable Mention in the Song of the Year September contest

My song, Ocean City Breeze, has been selected as a "Honorable Mention" in the September 2009 round of the Song of the Year song and lyric competition More info here.and here's the web award page:

CHAPTER THREE CDS NOW AVAILABLE ON CD BABY!

Finally, the moment we've been waiting for--our CD Baby page is live! If you miss our live shows, you can always get the CD online on our CD Baby Page.

Open Stage Update:

The Open Stage featuring performers from the Songwriters' Showcase at the Smithsonian

Tune intoThe Open Stage on October 25 at 11 a.m. when Michelle Murray play songs from four of the 12 finalists who will be performing at the Songwriter's Showcase at the Smithsonian on October 27th -- Margot MacDonald, Laura Baron, Sol Creech and Talia Segal-- as well as Fred Cannon, Senior Vice President of Government Relations for BMI. In addition to the finalists, Lamont Dozier, legendary Motown songwriter for The Supremes, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, and Marvin Gaye, will perform that night. Be sure to tune in for this special show! The concert is produced by The Smithsonian Associates, SAW (Songwriter's Association of Washington) and BMI. For more info on the Showcase, visit www.saw.org

To listen live or anytime, visit the Open Stage web site at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-Open-Stage

 

King Lewman on "The Open Stage"

Tune into The Open Stage on October 11 at 12 p.m, when Michelle Murray will interview King Lewman, an ensemble led by husband/wife duo Kristan KING and Lance LEWMAN and also featuring Marv Egolf on bass and vocals. King Lewman has been compared to the Beatles (Music Monthly), James Taylor, Elton John and the Eagles (John Palumbo of Crack the Sky); yet they are also described as having a "sound uniquely their own" (Baltimore Examiner). They combine elements of acoustic pop, folk, blues, country, alternative, jazz and classical music. We will play songs from their latest CD, Going Somewhere, and also talk about their upcoming show at the One World Coffeehouse on October 24th.

To listen live or anytime, visit the Open Stage web site at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-Open-Stage

 

 

Jon Carroll Returns to "The Open Stage"

On Sepetmber 1, 2009 at 8:30 p.m., Grammy and Wammie award winner Jon Carroll will join Michelle Murray on her online radio show The Open Stage to preview some of his upcoming shows, including his September 3rd show at the Hard Rock Cafe the Balance The Bucks free concert at the Sylvan Theater on September 6th. To listen, visit the Open Stage web site at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-Open-Stage/2009/09/02/The-Open-Stage-with-Jon-Carroll

*Also this week on The Open Stage: I'm arranging an interview with Delmark Goldfarb a singer/songwriter who has organized a free concert at the Washington Monument Sunday, September 6 at 2:00 pm. More than two dozen artists are slated for the four-hour program, titled Balance The Bucks, including several national and award-winning musicians.

Second Wind Bandits band leader Bill Mulroney and band member Ron Goad join Michelle Murray on "The Open Stage"
On Sunday, August 30, Second Wind Bandits band leader Bill Mulroney and fellow band member Ron Goad will join Michelle on the Open Stage. The Second Wind Bandits are a seasoned group of musicians including songwriter Bill Mulroney on guitar and vocals; Gary Garvin on bass; John Donovan on lead guitar and keyboards; and Ron Goad on percussion. Their latest CD, A Gift Of Love, includes 11 tracks spanning Roots Rock, Pop/rock, Jazz and Blues genres. Bill Mulroney was named Folk Artist of the Year 2006 by New Artist Radio. In addition, he is also a NewSong Semi-Finalist and has won several awards from the Songwriter's Association of Washington's Mid Atlantic Song Contest.

Also, check out the recent interview with Les Thompson, a founding member of the Grammy-winning band, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. A great interview with Les!!

To listen, visit the Open Stage web site at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-Open-Stage

Open Stage Update: GRAMMY Winner and Keyboardist Daryl Davis joins Michelle Murray on "The Open Stage"

On May 21,Michelle will interview Grammy winner Daryl Davis, who has been keyboardist and bandleader for Rock �n Roll�s founding father Chuck Berry for over a quarter of a century. Daryl has also worked with Jerry Lee Lewis, Chubby Checker, The Drifters, The Platters, The Coasters and many other rock music legends. Daryl is a world renowned musician and lecturer. Be sure to catch this interview and hear the music of Daryl Davis, including cuts from his latest CD, Alternate Routes and find out about his upcoming show at the TUUC Church in Towson. In addition to music, Daryl Davis is an author of a book, Klan-Destine Relationships, which tells of his extraordinary journey into the heart of one of America's most fanatical institutions the Ku Klux Klan..

To listen, visit the Open Stage web site at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-Open-Stage


Open Stage Update: GRAMMY Winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer join Michelle Murray on "The Open Stage"

Grammy winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer will join me on Sunday, March 1st at 10 a.m. on The Open Stage to talk about their music and their upcoming events, including their SAW songwriting workshop on March 7th.

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer have been nominated 13 consecutive times for GRAMMY Awards in folk and children’s music. They have won 2 GRAMMY Awards for the original CD “Bon Appétit!: Musical Food Fun and “cELLAbration: a Tribute to Ella Jenkins”. Their song “Scat Like That” took first place in both the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the ISC (children’s music). Cathy’s song “Names” placed first in the Mid Atlantic Songwriting Contests “Folk” category. They collectively have nearly 50 WAMMIE Awards. www.cathymarcy.com.

To listen, visit the Open Stage web site at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-Open-Stage



The trio of Chapter Three (Michelle Murray, Rick Callender & Andrew Coupe) receive 2008 Wammie Nominations

(January 2009) Chapter Three's CD, "Synopsis" was nominated for best Contemporary Folk Recording, and Chapter Three was also nominated for best Contemporary Folk Duo/Group. Very exciting news!

For a list of the nominees and winners, click here



Open Stage Update:
February Interview:

Award-winning singer/songwriter Patty Reese will join Michelle on Sunday, February 8th at 12:30 p.m. on The Open Stage to talk about her music, and her upcoming shows, including her new SAW/BMI showcase at JJ Muldoon's on February 11th. Patty Reese�s style has been compared to Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge and Janis Joplin. Inspired by the vocals of Etta James and Aretha Franklin, Reese�s vocal style encompasses pop, blues, folk and rock. Along with years of accruing stacks of nominations for her vocals and her band, Reese was named Best Rock Pop Vocalist in 2004 & 2007 and 2004 Best Pop/Rock Album from the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) and she received two awards in the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest�Silver in the Rock Category for "Just Friends" and Finalist in the Gospel/Inspirational/Christian Category for "Looking Out For You AKA Who's Got Your Back?" . To listen, visit the Open Stage show page:

More January Interviews:

This month, I will interview three talented SAW members:

*Ron Goad on Sunday, January 18th
*Dulcie Taylor on January 19th
*Laura Baron, on January 22


On January 2, 2009, I interviewd Grammy and Wammie award-winning songwriter Jon Carroll. We talked about his long and very interesting career, and discussed some of his upcoming January shows.

Listen to the interview live, by visiting my Open Stage show page:



Wednesday, December 10th at 8:30 p.m., I'll be interviewing songwriter Joe Shade, who is organizing and hosting a benefit concert at the Potters House in Washington, D.C. (see my schedule page for more details). The concert, Jail Guitar Doors is presented by the Potter's House and Prisons' Foundation in association with Billy Bragg's Jail Guitar Doors Campaign, a non-profit artist-led initiative raising money to buy guitars for prison inmates. The concert will feature Joe Shade, Steven Cappozola, Michelle Murray and Greg Vickers.

Listen to the interview live, by visiting my Open Stage show page:


I'm now on Twitter. Check out my page:

Listen to The Open Stage on internet talk radio

Open Stage Radio Show Moves Online, to Blog Talk Radio

I've moved my Open Stage show from WLOY to BlogTalk radio! It was just too far to travel to keep doing WLOY, as much as I enjoyed it. Plus, the station's signal is not that strong, and with the new online radio format, all shows/interviews can be archived as podcasts, so that you can listen anytime you want.

The show features the best of the local singer/songwriters, including members of SAW and BSA. This live, online radio show will be broadcast on blogtalkradio.com.

Michelle's most recent show, which aired November 30 the talented duo of AtThisPoint, with the engaging harmonies and inspired lyrics of Geri Smith and Donate Gardner, who talked about their music and preview their upcoming December shows.

Prior to to that, onNovember 15. Michelle spoke with Grammy and Wammie award winner Jon Carroll (of Mary Chapin Carpenter and Starland Vocal Band fame) who joined me for a brief interview on the Open Stage on Nov. 15 to preview his Nov. 17th show at the Institute of Musical Traditions. We will arrange a longer interview sometime in December

Michelle's first show, which aired WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 8th at , 1 p.m., featured singer/songwriter Andrew McKnight, who conducted a SAW songwriting workshop on October 11. ; and her second show on October 26 featured singer/songwriter & SAW President Jean Bayou, and singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Dews.

Here's a link to my show page: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/The-Open-Stage.

Information will also be posted on the SAW web site.

I'm posting the embedded player, so you can listen to all of my shows, right from this page too! I'll post all future shows and lists of guests on this site, as well as my blogtalkradio show page.

If you are interested in being a guest on the show, please e-mail me at [email protected]


WLOY Playlists posted

(May 2008)-- As you may know, I am now hosting a local music radio show on WLOY-AM (1620) the Loyola College Radio Station on Saturday afternoons from 4 till 5 p.m. I have finally got around to posting the playlists, or at least some of them. For now I'm posting the playlists from Jaunuary 26, 2008 (my first show) through March 22, 2008. I will post the rest soon.

Here's a link to the playlists from January 26-March 22, 2008 ( opens as a Word Document)

In order to listen to future shows, you can listen online, and they offer three different streams to choose from.
http://www.wloy.org/listen.html

If you are a local musician and would like to send me a CD to play, just mail me a copy (preferably 2 copies, that way I can put the extra copy in the station library so that other hosts can play the CD besides just me) at:
*PLEASE INCLUDE A NEATLY TYPE (Not handwritten!) songlist along with your CD.


Michelle Murray (you need to put my name on there!)
WLOY-AM
Loyola College
4501 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210

Also, here's a link to my show page on the site, complete with the playlist for my first show! I'll be providing links to the other playlists soon!
http://www.wloy.com/shows/openstage.html

Let me know if you get a chance to listen, and feel free to start sending me your CDs to play!

 


 

SAW Montgomery County Open Mic moves...again! Plus a new SAW showcase!

Caribou Coffee in Olney is now closed. The store closed on Monday, March 3.

The good news is, we will be moving the open mic, as well as beginning a new showcase event, at the Caribou Rockville at the Rock Creek Center, 5562 Norbeck Road, Rockville MD, 20853 - Phone: 301-460-0047.

Starting April 4, the first and second and third Friday Open Mic nights resume at 7:00 pm.

Hosts: Michelle Murray/Jeff Silberberg, (first Fridays) AtThisPoint (second Fridays) Tomy Wright (third Fridays)*Please note that in April, Tomy will be filling in for me on April 4, and I'll join Geri and Donate on April 11th.

15 minutes or 3 songs per performance, whichever comes first.
It's free, and tips are appreciated.

For more information on the open mics, call 301-460-0047 or e-mail [email protected]

And a brand new songwriting showcase will be held every Fourth Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, beginning March 28. The venue requires originals only. To sign up to do a showcase set, contact Jennifer Elcano at 301-594-6314.

The first showcase will feature several local musicians, most of whom work at NIH. They include Jennifer Elcano, Tomm Sibert, Curtis Balmer, Joe Frascella, and Dorie Hightower. Charles Tolbert will play some original fiddle tunes as well. When it's warm enough to move the show outside onto the large, luxurious patio, we'll add an open mic segment to the end of the 2 hours.


 

Michelle is on the radio!

(January 2008)I have some exciting news, and the fellow musicians will especially be interested!

I am now hosting a local music radio show on WLOY-AM (1620) the Loyola College Radio Station on Saturday afternoons from 4 till 5 p.m.. Unless you live in the general vicinity of the station, you won't be able to get the signal, but the good news is that you can listen online, and they offer three different streams to choose from.
http://www.wloy.org/listen.html

I am looking to play as many local musicians as I can, and since I know so many, I already have a decent collection of CDs. But if you would like to send me a CD to play, just mail me a copy (preferably 2 copies, that way I can put the extra copy in the station library so that other hosts can play the CD besides just me) at:

Michelle Murray (you need to put my name on there!)
WLOY-AM
Loyola College
4501 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210

Also, here's a link to my show page on the site, complete with the playlist for my first show! I'll be providing links to the other playlists soon!
http://www.wloy.com/shows/openstage.html

Let me know if you get a chance to listen, and feel free to start sending me your CDs to play!


Chapter Three Gets Radio Airplay on WAMU!

(January 2008)One of the songs from Chapter Three's new CD, Synopsis received airplay on WAMU-FM 88.5 on Mary Cliff's Traditions show on January 5th. She was kind enough to play Wandering Heart, a song I wrote long ago, which Chapter Three just recently recorded. Our new CD, Synopsis, will be available at all live shows. To listen to Wandering Heart and some other songs from our new CD, just visit our MySpace page: http://myspace.com/chapterthreemusic. She also recently played "Find a New Way" from the Michelle Murray: Collection of Songs CD.


Chapter Three Debuts New CD!

(November 2007)Chapter Three (the trio of Michelle Murray, Rick Callender and Andrew Coupe) has now posted some original songs on http://myspace.com/chapterthreemusic . Take a listen and let us know what you think.

Also, we’re planning to launch our new (and first) CD of 6 original songs at the Bangkok Blues Café (http://www.bangkokbluesrestaurant.com) in Falls Church, VA on November 27th. We hope you can come out and see us perform.

We will perform from 8-9 p.m.
The showcase will also feature many other talented songwriters, including Kat Bartley, David Kitchen, Karen Collins and Larry Mediate &Tony Donnelly and the host with the most, Ron Goad.

The very next night we will be moving the CD release show to Focus Inn Concerts, where we will be opening for Chuck Brodsky. The show will be held at O'Brien's Pit Barbeque on E. Gude Drive in Rockville. For more info visit the Focus web site.

If you can’t make those shows, we will also be performing on the first Thursday of each month at the New Deal Café (http://newdealcafe.com) in Greenbelt, MD.

We’ve set up an email list for announcements. To join the email list, click on this email address [email protected] and send a blank email message. We very much hope you can make it! For more details check my schedule page.


**UPDATE: SAW Montgomery County Open Mic is moving!!

(November 2007)Mario's is now closed, so there will no longer be a SAW open mic there.

The good news is, we will be starting up the open mic again in November at Caribou Coffee in Olney MD! For the time being, performers can ONLY DO THEIR OWN ORIGINAL MUSIC and everyone must sign a waiver (which will be on the sign up sheet) stating that he/she will perform original songs only.

The open mic will be held the first 3 Fridays a month, and eventually, we will make the fourth Friday a SAW songwriter's showcase. The open mike will debut next Friday, November 2nd! Please come out and support our new venue.

Here are the details:

SAW/Montgomery County Open Mic
Friday, November 2, 9 & 16
(first, second and third Fridays of each month)
at.. Caribou Coffee
Olney Village Mart Center
18101 Olney Village Mart Drive,
Olney, Maryland 20832
Signups begin at 7 p.m, open mike starts at 7:30 pm. Originals only!

Hosts: Michelle Murray/Jeff Silberberg, (first Fridays) AtThisPoint (second Fridays), TomyWright (third Fridays).

For information, e-mail [email protected]


The New Trio of Chapter Three

Left to right: Andrew Coupe, Rick Callender and Michelle Murray

The new trio, Chapter Three, features Michelle Murray, Rick Callender and Andrew Coupe. We've been jamming together for almost a year now (we met through various SAW events) and have finally decided to combine our talents and make an official trio! You get to hear not one, not two, but three songwriters combining their talents to make music and some really cool three-part harmonies! Under the name of Chapter Three, we each bring our own original music and present it in a fresh light. We have also started our own MySpace page but we haven't posted any music there yet. We will soon, though, so stay tuned! Check the schedule page for our upcoming shows!

 


 

(August 10, 2007) - Michelle's song "Unexpectedly" just won an Honorable Mention in the June 2007 Song of the Year Contest. See the full list of winners here. Listen to the song on my Sonicbids audio page.


(July 25, 2007) *UDPATE The SAW open mike at Mario's will still take place on the first Friday of each month, but will NO LONGER OCCUR ON A WEEKLY BASIS.

The next open mike is scheduled for Friday, September 7, 6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

Sign ups will be done ahead of time by e-mail, but 2-3 slots will be left open for walk-ins. Sign up by e-mailing [email protected] Location details below:

SAW Montgomery County Open Mike
Mario's House of Steak and Cheese
15209 Frederick Rd.
Rockville, MD 20850
240-314-0200
(Across from Comcast on Route 355, just south of Gude Drive)

Sign ups start at 6p.m.

Original songs preferred. Music only, no poetry.
12 minutes or 3 songs per performance, whichever comes first.

For more information, E-mail: [email protected]

It's free, and tips are appreciated.


Michelle Murray, and the trio of Murray, Crump & Hatley receive 2006 Wammie Nominations

(February 2007) Michelle's CD, "Collection of Songs" was nominated for best Contemporary Folk Recording, Murray, Crump & Hatley were nominated for best Contemporary Folk Duo/Group, and Les Hatley was nominated for  best Contemporary Folk instrumentalist! Very exciting news!

For a list of the nominees and winners, click here


SAW/Focus Montgomery County Open Mic and Showcase

(September 2006) Some good news! For now, we have a new venue for the SAW Montgomery County open mic..it will be at Mario's House of Steak and Cheese in Rockville, MD and we are teaming up with Focus Music on this open mic.

This weekly open mic will be hosted alternately by Michelle Murray (first Fridays), Tomy Wright (second Fridays), Don Bridges (third Fridays), Doug Alan Wilcox (fourth Fridays) and AtThisPoint-Gerri and Donate (fifth Fridays).


Here are the details:

SAW/Focus Montgomery County Open Mike
Every Friday night 7-9:30 p.m. at..

Mario's House of Steak and Cheese
15209 Frederick Rd.
Rockville, MD 20850
240-314-0200
(Across from Comcast on Route 355, just south of Gude Drive)

Original material preferred. Original songs, poems, comedy and improv are all welcome. 12 minutes or 3 songs per performance, whichever comes first.

For more information e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected] or visit www.saw.org.



Michelle featured on Omaemoda Productions' fundraising CD --
Omaemoda Productions, a D.C. based nonprofit (http://www.YouAreInvolved.org), has just created a mixed CD that features original songs that range from country, to rock, to acoustic to electric. Michelle Murray and 13 other talented musicians all donated songs to this fundraising CD, which will help Omaemoda to foster the arts and community involvement. Michelle donated her song, “Steady on the Wheel.”

Omaemoda Productions is a 100% volunteer-run non-profit organization that uses the performing arts to raise funds and awareness for local charities in the DC Metro area. Omaemoda also strives to develop and support local performing arts talent. Your purchase will empower them to give a larger percentage of their show proceeds to other charities including Brainfood, Project Northstar and Washington Animal Rescue League.
You can buy the CD (and hear excerpts from the songs) at http://www.cafepress.com/omaemoda.47284081


New Musical Trio -- Murray, Crump & Hatley: I am very excited to be part of this new musical trio, consisting of myself, Rick Crump and Les Hatley. Les, a very talented lead guitarist, has played numerous gigs with me throughout the last several years. Les also frequently plays with Don Bridges, as well as a gospel group called Seneca. Rick Crump, a fellow Olney-ite, is a talented songwriter, bass and guitar player and harmony singer who I've known for several years, in fact, he's one of the main reasons we moved to Olney! He's also a regular at the SAW open mike that I host a Caribou coffee each month. We've got several gigs lined up in the next few months, so check the schedule page for more information. Plus, a new CD sampler is in the works!


(March, 2006) Memorial Service: My singing partner, Anne Sucher, (the other half of Water's Edge) passed away on February 27th, 2006. The Sucher family held a memorial service in Silver Spring, MD on Saturday, March 25th.. After introductions and words from members of the Jewish and Buddhist traditions, friends read a number of Anne's poems as well as poems written to her; friends and family performed original songs written for her and beloved songs she often sang with others; and Anne's own voice was heard in a recording of her song "Water's Edge". I had the honor of singing Anne's song, "Edge of Smooth" with Rick Kanton and Jason Colton. Family members spoke, and other friends and loved ones shared thoughts and memories. The service lasted about two hours, and was attended by an estimated 200+ people, all of whom joined to celebrate the life of Anne and the bonds she shared with so many. It was a truly moving service.

Some of Anne's friends have begun a web site in her memory, and invite your contribution of photos, music, poems, or anything you wish to share. The address is http://jointhedance.org.

The Water's Edge CD "Make a Choice," featuring Michelle Murray and Anne Sucher, received a 2005 Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) "Wammie" nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. Special thanks to Rick Kanton for producing and adding music to the CD, and to Midnite Bob for his encouragement, and for allowing us to record two of his wonderful songs on the CD. If it weren't for Rick and Bob, the CD would never have been possible.

Anne, myself, Midnite Bob and Rick Kanton often performed music together at Berwyn Cafe and at the New Deal Cafe. Here is a picture of all of us. We will all keep fond memories in our hearts of the music we made together.

 


Other news and highlights

Michelle's song "Wandering Heart" won an Honorable Mention in the October 2005 Song of the Year Contest. Check out the award here. See the full list of winners here. Listen to the song here by clicking on the audio page.

Michelle also got a mention in the March 2005 Song of the Year Contest. She was listed as a suggested artist for her songs This Life and Married Women.

Comments on Wandering Heart:

"A good song, and it is even better when you listen to it a second time. Memorable...Very good ideas and songwriting in your song." 
- Song of the Year Critique Staff

Comments on This Life:

"This is a wonderful song that makes for a powerful anthem about moving on with life. Your lyrics are poignant and very descriptive of the pain left by open wounds of the heart." 
- Song of the Year Critique Staff

Michelle's song, "Married Women", was chosen as an Editor's Pick on Washington Post's MP3 site from the week of June 20th, 2005 through September 11, 2005. Check out the Washington Post write up on my reviews page here! Listen to the song here!

On the airwaves: Michelle's song "Tucker's Song" from the Water's Edge CD was aired recently on  Mary Cliff's show, "Traditions" on WETA- 90.9 FM. Some other of Michelle's songs from the CD, including "This Life" and "Steady on the Wheel" also received airplay on Damien Einstein's show on WRNR-FM, where he also hosted Michelle Murray and Anne Sucher in a live-in studio interview.