Michelle Murray has been playing guitar and composing songs
for over 25 years. An accomplished lyricist, her songs combine
the sounds of folk, country, and a touch of the blues. Several of Michelle’s songs have recently been signed to various publishers and libraries for Film and TV.
Michelle’s latest CD, “This Life, My Life,” was released on March 11th, 2018. This EP includes songs recently signed to several prestigious music publishers. It is available on
Amazon.com and on Spotify.
An earlier EP, “Coming Home”, was released in September 2015.
Throughout her years of performing, Michelle has opened shows
for popular folk artists such as John Gorka and David Massengill.
She has performed in various venues and festivals in the Washington D.C. area, including Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, The Barns of Wolf Trap, Gypsy Sally's, The Takoma Park Folk Festival, Brewer's Alley Songwriter Showcase, The 9 Songwriter Series, The New Deal Café, JV's Restaurant, Hershey's Restaurant, Branded 72, The Royal Mile Pub, The Montgomery County Fair, The Greenbelt Fall Festival and Greenman Festival, Jammin Java, Focus Music Concert Series, Caribou Coffee, Mountain Stage New Song Festival, Washington D.C's Fete De La Musique, and the Artomatic Arts Festival in Washington D.C. For a complete list of venues
Michelle has served on on the board of and hosted open
mics for the Songwriter's Association of Washington.
Several of Michelle's songs have received airplay and recognition on numerous radio stations and programs including WOWD 94.3FM (Takoma Radio) as a guest on the Forbidden Alliance radio show hosted by Robbie White and Weasel, WFDU as a guest of Ron Olesko, WERA-FM on the Music Alley Radio show, MyRuralRadio.com, Women of Substance Radio, NWCZ radio, and WETA-FM on Mary Cliff's "Traditions" show. She has also been a guest on Damien Einstein's show on WRNR-FM.
Michelle also hosts a daily bluegrass radio show on Bluegrass Country Radio, weeknights 6-7pm. For more information see the show page. She has also hosted an online radio show, "The Open Stage." The show featured the best of the local singer/songwriters, including members of SAW and BSA. This live, online radio show is broadcast on blogtalkradio.com. Past shows have featured such notable musicians as Jon Carroll, Lest Thompson (of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, and Laura Baron. Click here to visit her show page.
In addition to her solo work, Michelle has formed a duo with fellow singer/songwriter Buck Stone. The group plays a combination of originals and covers that span genres including Americana, Country, Singer Songwriter and bluegrass. For more information, see the Murray & Stone site. She is also the leader of a bluegrass/Americana band, "No Part of Nothin." The band will be playing at the prestigious Circa Blue Festival in June, 2019. For more information, see the their site here.
Michelle has received multiple Wammie (Washington Area Music Award) nominations throughout the years, first for the "Water's Edge" CD, "Make a Choice," which received a 2005 Wammie nomination for best contemporary folk recording. Rick Kanton produced and performed on that CD. Michelle's solo CD, "Collection
of Songs" received a 2006 Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) "Wammie" nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Recording, and in the same year, the trio she played in, Murray, Crump & (Les) Hatley, was nominated for best Contemporary Folk Duo/Group. In 2007 and 2008, her trio Chapter Three was also nominated for best Contemporary Folk Group and Contemporary Folk Recording. In 2013, the country/bluegrass band she was a member of, Buck Stone and the Bucktones, was nominated for best Country group and most recently, her duo Michelle Michelle, featuring herself and singer/songwriter Michelle Lockey, was nominated for a 2015 Wammie for best Folk Contemporary Duo/Group.
Michelle and Anne Sucher used to perform as a musical duo
known as "Water's Edge" and their CD, "Make
a Choice" received a 2005 Wammie nomination for best
contemporary folk recording. Rick Kanton produced the CD and
added music, and Midnite Bob contributed two wonderful songs.
Sadly, Anne passed away in February of 2006, but
her music will always be remembered.
Michelle's song song "Married Women" was selected as an Editor's Pick on Washington
Post MP3's web site in the summer of 2005. In addition, another
song "Wandering Heart", won an honorable mention in the October
2005 Song of the Year contest.
For several years, Michelle was a member of the Keshet Chorale
of the DCJCC. With the choir, she had the opportunity to sing
at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage.
Originally from NJ, Michelle has also performed at many clubs
and coffeehouses in the NY/NJ Metropolitan area, including
the Turning Point, the Hurdy Gurdy Coffeehouse, the Mine Street
Coffeehouse, and various clubs in Greenwich Village including
the Speak Easy.
While in New Jersey, she also hosted a folk radio show, “Open
Stage” on WFDU-FM in Teaneck. The show featured interviews
with many well-known performers, including Dave Van Ronk,
Rod McDonald, Rory Block and David Massengill. In addition,
was the emcee and one of the founders of the Hilltop Coffeehouse
in Englewood N.J.
In addition to her latest EP, "This Life, My Life," Michelle released another EP, "Coming Home," which is available on
In addition, she has a Wammie-nominated CD of original songs, "Michelle
Murray: Collection of Songs."
For booking information, contact Michelle