Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase Michelle Swan

Introduced to the guitar at age nine by her father, himself a former singer/songwriter, Michelle Swan has pursued a musical path ever since. After studying classical musical and clarinet performance at Towson State University in Maryland,Michelle entered the Baltimore-Washington music scene in 1990, performing at local open-mic's and coffeehouses. Michelle has shared stages with Al Petteway & Amy White, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Grace Grififth, Lisa Moscatiello, Andrew McKnight & Mary Bryd Brown. Over the course of her musical career, Michelle has performed in numerous venues, including the Folkal Point in Columbia, Maryland; the Takoma Park (Maryland) Folk Festival; St. Elmo's Coffee Pub in Alexandria, Virginia; Ze Mean Bean in Baltimore, Maryland; The Frederick Festival of the Arts in Frederick, Maryland; Fire & Water in Northampton, Massachusetts; Women & Their Music Festival in Hartford, Connecticut; Iota in Arlington, Virginia; The Virginia Women's Music Festival near Charlottesville, Virginia; and the Kensington Coffeehouse in Kensington, Maryland.

Classifying herself as an "Urban Acoustic Singer/Songwriter," Michelle's influences includes artists as divergent as Cheryl Wheeler, Cat Stevens, and Lucinda Williams, but her performances center around her own compositions, displaying both a prolific talent for song writing and an infectious love of music. Self-reflective and acutely observant, Michelle deftly weaves lyric and note together to create intensely personal songs that tell of sentiments and circumstances nonetheless familiar to everyone. Ten original songs of love, loss and learning to let go are featured on Michelle's debut cd, Whistling in the Dark. Released in May 2000,Whistling in the Dark was nominated for the Washington Area Music Association's "WAMMIE" award for"Best Debut Recording" of 2000. This marks Michelle's second WAMMIE nomination - her peers also nominated her for "Best New Artist" in 1998. Whistling in the Dark was produced by Marco Delmar (recipient of the Washington Area Music Association's 1999 & 2000 "WAMMIE" award for "Producer of the Year"" and recorded at the Recording Arts Studio in Fairfax, Virginia. Michelle is currently back in the studio working on her second project with Marco Delmar. The new cd is due for release in 2002. Michelle was also a finalist in the 2001 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition for her song "Not That I'd Know."

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