Michelle Chenard is a veteran singer/songwriter who has been continually voted a favorite in Northern Michigan as Best Solo Performer, Best of the Best and more in Northern Express, Northern Michigan's largest newsweekly. She released her first music video, Blade with critical acclaim and to a packed house at City Park Grill, a well known music venue in Petoskey, Michigan in the spring of 2012. 2012 was a good year for Michelle as she scored a Michigan Emmy® Award for musical score on the TV documentary Sacrifice and Honor: A Tribute to our Northern Michigan Veterans. She continually performs hundreds of shows across the state each year. In addition to her tireless schedule, Michelle founded Mackinac Island Songwriters Workshop with her brother from another mother Pete Kehoe, has been writing and recording with country artist Julianne Ankley and performing with her band, Blood Sisters.
Singing and playing guitar since she was seven years old, it's no surprise that Chenard has garnered such respect and accolades. Her acoustic performances have built her a strong following throughout the Upper Midwest. From Michigan's unspoiled Upper Peninsula down the coast of Lake Michigan and back, it is her powerful vocals, accomplished guitar work and award winning songwriting that continues to captivate.
Awards & Accolades
2012 Michigan Emmy® Award - Sacrifice and Honor: A Tribute to our Northern Michigan Veterans - produced by Corey Adkins and Kevin Essebaggers, score by Michelle Chenard and Pete Kehoe. The Michigan Emmy® Awards is a chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (MI-NATAS)
2008 Best of the Best - Northern Michigan Entertainer of the Year - Northern Express Entertainment Newsweekly
2005 Best Solo Performer - Northern Express Entertainment Newsweekly
"Michelle was incredible, professional, sounded amazing and was phenomenal to work with. When you hear her sing, you feel you are home, you feel safe, inspired and limitless...all at the same time."
~ Andrew D. Davis, Brat Fest and Madison, WI Youth Performing Arts Foundation
"Michelle Chenard sings with such amazing passion. Her live performances are captivating, she is one of my all time favourite singer/songwriters."
~ Terri Ray, Program Director WKLT/WKLZ Traverse City, MI
"Not only is she a pleasure to work with, she gives her all and leaves it all on stage."
~ Bart Berkshire, Events Director, Mackinac Island Music Festival
"Chenard exhibits a sense of sophistication and lyrical excellence that goes far beyond what one might expect of an artist from a rural area."
~ Robert Downes, Northern Express
"Chenard has carved a solid niche for herself not only in Northern Michigan, but Grand Rapids and Detroit as well."
~Morgan Sherburne, The Graphic Weekly
?"Michelle Chenard's single Highway has been number one on the charts for 18 weeks straight, we have never had another song stay on top for so long. There is clearly something compelling about her songwriting and her performance." ?~John Kissane, General Manager, Radio Mackinac