Singer/Songwriter 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.
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, 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.
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 & 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.
Several of Michelle's songs have received airplay and recognition on numerous radio stations and programs including WERA-FM on the Music Alley Radio show, MyRuralRadio.com, Women of Substance Radio, NWCZ radio, and WETA-FM.
Her 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. "Tucker's Song" received airplay on WETA-FM on the Traditions show.
She has also been a guest on Damien Einstein's show on WRNR-FM, and her music has also been aired on WETA-FM. (on the "Traditions" show).
Michelle also hosts an online radio show called The Open Stage. The show features 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 Michelle Lockey. The group plays a combination of originals and covers that span genres including Americana, Country, Singer Songwriter and Pop. They have a unique sound that consists of magical harmonies and an upbeat lightheartedness. For more information, see the Michelle Michelle web site. She also plays with her new band The Michelle Murray Melange, and performs duo gigs with Greg Marsh as JAWS, and with Dalton Potter, who also hosts the SAW Open Mic at Azucar with Michelle.
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 currently serves on the board of and hosts an open mic for the Songwriter's Association of Washington. The open mic is held the every Wednesday night at Azucar Restaurant in Silver Spring MD.
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.
Michelle has recently released a new EP, "Coming Home," which is available now on iTunes and Amazon.com!
In addition, she has a Wammie-nominated CD of original songs, "Michelle Murray: Collection of Songs."