With a distinctive and soulful voice that captivates, complimented by a poignant and thought-provoking lyrical world, Michelle is establishing herself as a force in the next generation of poets and singer-songwriters. She earned National Honorable Mention recognition in Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Telluride Troubadour Contest consecutively in 2018 and 2019. Brett Callwood of Detroit Metro Times wrote, “Held plays gentle folk with oft scathing lyrics. It’s her voice that adds the X-Factor; that little bit of welcome strange,” and Amy Speace wrote, “You bring true spirit to a shaking place with a voice we have not heard in a long, long time.” Performing regularly throughout Southeast Michigan since 2013 and welcomed on renowned stages, such as Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe, Kansas City Folk Festival & Wheatland Music Festival, Michelle has been building a repertoire of original work and is preparing to record her debut album so, stay tuned.
Ark Family Room shows are free and streamed to The Ark’s Facebook page. Donations to the “virtual tip jar” during shows support both The Ark and the participating artists.