A friend once told Michelle, 'I just can't picture you up on a stage performing, dancing and putting on a show.' If you ever met her, you'd likely say the same. This quiet, little (measuring in at a whopping 5' 2') country girl packs a punch, however, as soon as she takes to the mic. 'I'm actually very shy,' she says with a laugh, 'and I get extremely nervous before a show, but I love being on stage! Once I get through the first song, I'm good to go.' Her first performance was at the age of four when she sang a solo in her church Christmas play. Since then she's performed in churches, weddings, festivals, talent shows, contests, pageants, recital halls and even musicals, racking up an impressive collection of awards and titles. But her dream wasn't always to be a country music artist. In fact her first goal was to be a broadway performer. Having been granted a coveted scholarship to Converse College's school of music, she entered as a Vocal Performance major. Shortly into her Sophomore year, she made a startling discovery, 'I hated it, and that broke my heart.' she says. 'I struggled for a long time with what exactly I hated so much about those years. I finally came to the realization that it was the genre of music. I'm just not made for opera or musicals, no matter how much I enjoy watching them. My roots are in country. That's what I was raised on - listening to the greats like George Jones, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard.' The training that she received during those years is very evident in the smooth vibrata and rich tone of her voice, though you'd never know from her singing that she talks with a charming southern draw. 'People are always asking me how I can sing one way and talk another,' she laughs. 'The truth is, I don't do it on purpose. After two years of opera and diction training, singing 5 to 6 hours a day, 5 days a week....it's embedded in my brain! It's a slow process to undo things, especially the diction lessons, but with some hard work I'll get there.' She's certainly no stranger to hard work. The road to her debut CD 'Changes' has been littered with ups and downs, many sacrifices and countless miles logged between her home in South Carolina and the recording studio in Tennessee. But, it's a road she says has been worth it. 'I am thrilled to have made this journey,' she says 'and even if this is as far as it goes, I've made some incredible friends and will treasure the great memories always.'