Digital Journal names Michelle's Wright's 'Strong' top female country video of 2013!
Op-Ed: Top 10 female country music videos of 2013
By Markos Papadatos
December 26, 2013 in Entertainment
2013 was a great year for female country artists and their music videos. Here are the videos that made my Top 10 list of the year...
When all is said and done, the No. 1 female country video of 2013 goes to Canadian country singer Michelle Wright's "Strong." She co-wrote such an inspirational song, which featured an even more impressive music video that will move country listeners to tears. Michelle Wright is on a roll. She recently topped my list for "Best Female Country Albums" released in 2013, and now she reigns supreme in the music video category. Her music video for "Strong" deserves a standing ovation.
Read the entire article and watch the videos.
Top Country magazine posts fan poll results
The results are in and the fans have spoken… According to the voters of Top Country magazine, the top 5 Canadian artists of 2014 are… Johnny Reid, Gord Bamford, George Canyon, Michelle Wright, and Western Swing Authority!
2013 CCMA Awards Announce Presenters
THE 2013 CCMA AWARDS ANNOUNCE CBC-TV’s RON JAMES, CANADIAN OLYMPIANS MELLISA HOLLINGSWORTH AND KALLIE HUMPHRIES, AS WELL AS COUNTRY MUSIC STARS MICHELLE WRIGHT, DEAN BRODY, HUNTER HAYES AND MORE TO PRESENT
TORONTO, SEPTEMBER, 5: Canadian country music's biggest night takes over Edmonton on Sunday, September 8 and airs at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV. CBC LIVE will bring viewers a live stream from the 2013 CCMA Awards John Deere Green Carpet and Backstage starting at 5p.m. ET at cbc.ca/live
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CMT Canada adds Michelle's 'Strong' video
(Nashville, June 25, 2013) Effective today, CMT Canada has added Michelle's video of her current single at Canadian country radio, Strong, to its play list. The song, which Michelle co-wrote with Deric Ruttan and Melissa Peirce, is an ode to female empowerment and its video features photographs of real-life women who were able to overcome obstacles and challenges in their lives.
The clip, which was filmed at several locations in Burlington, Ontario, was directed by Crossroads Television's Keran Rees and his Director of Photography, Chris Stacey. Adam Little from Filmworkers Nashville edited the video. Michelle's long time friend, legendary director Steven Goldmann, provided invaluable creative input.
Michelle's new album release date officially announced!
(Nashville, June 7, 2013) Great news! Michelle's long-anticipated new album, Strong, now has an official release date: JULY 9, 2013! The album, featuring her latest single, Strong, is Michelle's first release of original material in seven years.
Capturing Wright's distinctive style and expressive voice, Strong showcases her remarkable growth as a singer and songwriter - inspired by the perseverance and strength that she has witnessed in friends, family and strangers over the years. Recorded in Ontario and Nashville, the album was produced by Jason Barry (Dean Brody, Terri Clark, Jason Blaine), Eric Silver (Neal McCoy, Ricochet) and Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive). Her passion for songwriting has grown with her newest project, for which she co-wrote 10 of its 11 songs.
"I created this record with a group of friends that I admire as writers, singers and producers. We had a lot of fun," says Michelle. "The songs are a collection of my observations about life and the people around me and how we're all just stumbling through it. At time there is laughter and joy; at other times, pain and disappointment. Overall, I hope this record is inspiring and relatable to my fans."
Click here to see the music video for Michelle's first single from the album, Strong.
Michelle to perform as part of 2013 CMA Country Music Week!
(Nashville, June 1, 2013) For those of you attending next week's 2013 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, just thought you'd like to know that Michelle will be performing this Monday, June 3, as part of the 10th annual CMA Global Artist Party! Michelle will take the stage at 9:45 p.m. at The Stage On Broadway, located at 412 Broadway in downtown Nashville.
Be sure to come by and say hi!
Also, in case you've missed it, click here to listen to an extended sample of Michelle's latest single, Strong. Canadian fans can now purchase Strong at iTunes Canada.
Michelle to attend Country Music Association of Ontario Awards Show
(Nashville, May 26, 2013) Michelle joins a host of her fellow country artists tomorrow evening, May 27, 2013, at the Markham, Ontario, Theatre for the Performing Arts, when she attends the very first Country Awards show put on by the recently-formed Country Music Association of Ontario.
The Markham Theatre is located at 171 Town Centre Blvd North in Markham, ON. The gala runs at 7:30 pm. A few tickets are still available from Ticketbreak at www.ticketbreak.com. For more information, contact the theatre box office at (905) 415-7537.
Michelle is nominated for a CMAO award in two categories: Female Artist of the Year, and Songwriterof the Year with co-writers Patricia Conroy and Emerson Drive's Danick Dupelle for last summer's hit, Another Good Day. She is also presenting an award and performing her brand new single, Strong, on the show.
Global TV's "Morning Show" airs live national TV interview with Michelle!
(Toronto, May 22, 2013) Watch Michelle’s live national television interview on Global TV's "The Morning Show" this morning at 9:20am EDT. Don't miss it as Michelle chats about her new single, "Strong," and her forthcoming album, and previews upcoming performances in the Greater Toronto Area, including at this weekend's Tin Pan North songwriters' festival and next Monday at the first Country Music Association of Ontario awards show at the Markham Theatre.
Michelle live on Toronto's CP24 BREAKFAST this morning!
(Nashville, May 21, 2013) Watch Michelle’s live TV interview on Toronto's CP24 BREAKFAST this morning at 7:20am EDT. It'll be short ...but sweet!
STRONG review of Michelle's new single!
(Nashville, May 15, 2013) Michelle's new single received a "Strong" review in this week's New Canadian Music Intelligence Report from David Farrell.
After picking Strong as the all-format Single of the Week, the NCM review continues:
"Michelle Wright returns with another very "Strong" song, this taken from a forthcoming album. Great story lyric, crack arrangement and a voice that melts like butter on warm toast. The Canadian Country Hall of Famer has been around forever it seems, and yet she continues to look and sound fantastic."
Click here to listen to a sample of Michelle's Strong.
Vote for the CCMA 2013 Fan's Choice Award!
(Nashville, April 30, 2013) Urgent news!!! The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) has a FREE FAN CLUB open to all fans of Canadian country music from around the world! If you join by the end of today (Tuesday, April 30), you will be eligible to vote for the CCMA 2013 Fan's Choice Award!
Click here to sign up for the CCMA Fan Club.
And while you're at it, click here to listen to a sample of Michelle's latest single, Strong, which was released on April 23 to Canadian country radio. Enjoy!
Michelle to perform at Tin Pan North!
(Nashville, April 24, 2013) Residents of the Golden Horseshoe and visitors alike will be pleased to know that Michelle's next live performances will be in Toronto on Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, at the 14th annual Tin Pan North songwriter festival! Tin Pan North is Ontario's largest 3-day songwriter festival, featuring intimate performances ranging from local talent to world-renowned songwriters. Click here for more information about Tin Pan North. Click here for tickets, available now.
On another note, in case you missed it, here's a link to a sample of Strong, Michelle's new single, which was just sent to Canadian country radio yesterday. It's from her forthcoming album due out in the early summer. Enjoy! Let us know what you think of the song.
New music from Michelle!
(Nashville, April 23, 2013) Michelle's new single, Strong, has just been sent to country radio across Canada and will be available on iTunes.ca next Tuesday, April 30! Click here to listen to a sample of Strong.
Michelle nominated for two CMAO Awards!
(Nashville, April 11, 2013) Last Tuesday the Country Music Association of Ontario announced the nominees for their first-ever country music awards, and Michelle has been nominated in the Female Artist of the Year category, and along with her co-writers, Patricia Conroy and Danick Dupelle, as Songwriter of the Year for her song, Another Good Day.
The 2013 Country Music Association of Ontario Awards will be held on Monday, May 27, at the Markham Theatre in Markham, Ontario.
"Songs From the Halls" Tour Highlight: Michelle Wright awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal!
Michelle proudly acknowledges receipt of her Medal.
(Nashville, January 18, 2013) Brian Ferriman, President of Savannah Music and personal manager of Savannah recording artist Michelle Wright, is pleased to report that Michelle recently was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her contributions to Canadian culture and civic life. The presentation was made on Friday, November 16, by the Honourable Member for Chatham-Kent - Essex, Dave Van Kesteren, during Michelle's concert in Chatham, Ontario, one of the final shows on her recent 28-date Songs From the Halls Canadian tour.
Ten days later, on Monday, November 26, Mr. Van Kesteren spoke in the House of Commons regarding Michelle's accomplishments and her receiving the medal. Below is the official transcript of his remarks:
"Mr. Speaker, on Friday, November 16, Michelle Wright performed in my riding at the Capitol Theatre in front of a full house.
"Everyone is proud of our hometown girl from Merlin who grew up listening to the Motown hits coming out of Detroit and the country music songs played by her parents.
"Michelle has amassed a total of 25 top ten hits in Canada and a top ten hit in the United States, Take It Like A Man. She was the top female artist in 1993 and, in September 2011, Michelle was inducted in the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
"Michelle is active with World Vision and is always quick to donate her time and energy, helping to raise money for our local hospital and the Victorian Order of Nurses.
"That is why it was such an honour to present to her, in front of all her fans, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. Everyone in the house agreed that Merlin's hometown girl is a worthy recipient."
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.
On behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, acknowledged Michelle’s award: "In granting you this honour, I thank you for your dedicated service to your peers, to your community and to Canada. The contributions you have made to our nation are most commendable and deserve our praise and admiration.
"I wish to convey to you the heartfelt congratulations of your fellow Canadians, to which I add my own."
Michelle headlines CTS Christmas Television Special, Christmas in the Square, this Friday, December 21!
(Nashville, December 18, 2012) This Friday, December 21, Michelle joins host Casey Clarke and fellow Canadian artists Mark Masri, Tenore, Jacob Moon, Ali Matthews, Mike Jansen, and The Lovelocks for Christmas in the Square, a concert of seasonal classics taped recently for a live audience at CTS-TV's Crossroads Centre in Burlington, Ontario.
Christmas in the Square airs on Friday, December 21, on CTS Ontario at 8pm EST, and on both CTS Calgary and CTS Edmonton at 8pm MST.
In addition, the special will be streamed and made available around the world on www.ctstv.com at 8pm EST and 8pm MST on the 21st.
Michelle to headline CTS Christmas Special airing on December 21!
(Nashville, November 27, 2012) BREAKING NEWS! Michelle has been confirmed to headline the upcoming CTS Christmas television special, Christmas in the Square, which will be taped starting at 7pm ET on Monday, December 10, before a live audience at the Crossroads Centre in Burlington, Ontario, and aired on CTS at 8pm ET on Friday, December 21.
Along with six other talented Canadian artists, Michelle will perform a selection of Christmas classics for the live audience. Radio and television personality Casey Clarke will host the festive evening.
Michelle will headline the televised concert special alongside performers Mark Masri, Tenore, Jacob Moon, Ali Matthews, Ken Jansen, and The Lovelocks.
A limited number of tickets are available to sit in the audience for this Christmas concert taping. Visit crossroads.ca for tickets.
Christmas in the Square producers chose the Crossroads Centre in Burlington as the taping location because of the beautiful Victorian architecture inside the building. When fully decorated for the holiday season, it is a picturesque location for taping this Christmas special.
CTS has branded itself for the second year in a row as Canada’s Christmas Channel. This December CTS will air Christmas movies and specials for the majority of its weekend schedule.
Read the latest interview with Michelle from Chatham This Week!
(Nashville, Friday, November 2) Just thought you'd like to know that Michelle was recently featured in the Chatham This Week newspaper! In the interview, Michelle candidly speaks about her initial surprise at being inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, her current Songs From The Halls tour, and even shares some new details about her upcoming album!
Click here to read the Chatham This Week feature.
Read the latest interview with Michelle from her Songs From The Halls tour!
(Nashville, Friday, October 26) Just thought you'd be interested to know that Michelle was featured yesterday in Saskatoon's The Star Phoenix newspaper, where she discussed her current Songs From The Halls 2012 tour. In the interview, Michelle describes her newfound love for performing her favourite songs recorded by her musical heroes, how her career took her to places she'd never even dreamt of while growing up, her sleepless nights on the road, and much, much more.
Click here to read the full feature.
Read the latest show review from Michelle's Songs From The Halls tour!
(Nashville, Monday, October 22) "Whether it was country, blues or rock and roll, her hits or someone else's, Michelle Wright had a packed house dancing in the aisles at the Kamloops Convention Centre on Saturday night."
Those are the opening words from The Kamloops Daily News' performance review of Michelle's Saturday night show this past weekend in Kamloops, and the feature continues the string of rave reviews that Michelle's current Songs From The Halls tour has been receiving.
Click here to read the full feature.
Two brand new interviews now online!
(Nashville, Tuesday, October 9) This past week, Michelle was featured and interviewed by two British Columbia periodicals: Vancouver Island's Harbour Living Weekly and Nanaimo's Harbour City Star.
In each interview, Michelle discusses her upcoming Canadian Songs From The Halls tour, her latest single "Another Good Day," her induction last year into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, and much more.
Click here to read the Harbour Living Weekly feature.
Click here to read the Harbour City Star feature.
Canadian Country Music Awards 2012 photo gallery now live!
(Nashville, Wednesday, September 26) Earlier this month, Michelle made multiple appearances in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, for Canadian Country Music Week, held from September 6 through September 9. Now, at Michelle's website photo gallery, you can check out some of the photos, including her appearance at the Canadian Country Music Awards!
Click here to view the photos.
Michelle performs Farm Aid Benefit Concert in Ottawa, ON, on Sunday, September 16!
(Nashville, Tuesday, August 28) On Sunday, September 16, Michelle will perform alongside some of her fellow Canadian country music stars to raise funds for Farm Aid at the Farm Aid Benefit Concert in Ottawa, ON. Held at Ottawa Stadium, Michelle will be joined by other Canadian artists Emerson Drive, Paul Brandt, Jason Blaine, and more.
Farm Aid, started in 1985 by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Canada’s Neil Young, is an organization that works to increase awareness and raise funds for family farmers struggling with overwhelming debt. This year has been difficult for Canadian farmers, especially in central and eastern Canada, causing a shortage of crops and an increase in food prices throughout the country.
Tickets for the benefit go on sale on August 30 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at Ottawa Stadium or online at www.farmaidottawa.com. Tickets are $59.50 for general admission and $89.00 for premium field level seating.
Michelle to make multiple appearances at Canadian Country Music Week!
(Nashville, TN / Toronto, ON - September 5, 2012) Beginning this Thursday, September 6, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Michelle will participate in multiple events throughout Canada's Country Music Week, culminating with an appearance at the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards on Sunday, September 9, where she is a nominee for the Female Artist of the Year Award.
On Thursday, Michelle will host the CCMA New Artist Showcase at the TCU Place Arts & Convention Centre at 9 p.m. Michelle will appear next at CCMA FanFest at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Prairieland Park, where she will perform "in the round" with fellow Canadian country artists Gord Bamford, George Canyon, and Aaron Pritchett. Michelle will wrap up the weekend at the 2012 Canadian Country Music Awards, where she is both an award presenter and a nominee for the Female Artist of the Year Award.
The 2012 CCMA Awards will air on Sunday, September 9 at 8 p.m. on CBC, with encore airings on CMT Canada at 10 p.m. EST.
And the winners of The Michelle Wright 60,000 Fans Sweepstakes are…
(Nashville, Wednesday, August 15) The Wright Staff is pleased to announced the winners of The Michelle Wright 60,000 Fans Sweepstakes: the Grand Prize Winner is Sean Hehir of Saskatchewan! Sean will receive a $30 gift certificate to The Wright Store, a free membership to the Michelle Wright Fan Club, and a 15-minute personal phone call with Michelle! The 6 Second Prize Winners are: Joan Webber, David Senderling, Stacey MacDonald, Linda Lou Bates, Andrew Beckett, and Dee Anok! Each Second Prize Winner will receive an autographed copy of Michelle’s latest album, The Wright Songs: An Acoustic Evening With Michelle Wright!
Michelle celebrates 60,000 Facebook Fans with special 6-day Sweepstakes and Sale!
(Nashville, Wednesday, August 8) The Wright Staff is pleased to announce that Michelle now has over 60,000 Facebook Fans! In celebration of crossing the 60,000 mark, we're hosting a Michelle Wright 60,000 Fans Sweepstakes and Sale!
At Michelle's Facebook Fan Page, we've launched The Michelle Wright 60,000 Fans Sweepstakes! Enter for a chance to win Wright prizes, including The Michelle Wright Grand Prize Package: a $30 gift certificate to The Wright Store, one FREE membership to the Michelle Wright Fan Club ($15 value), and a 15-minute personal phone call with Michelle! Visit the "Sweepstakes" tab (found between "Likes" and "Events") on Michelle's Facebook Fan Page to enter.
Over at The Wright Store, all items are 30% off and free shipping will be applied to all orders over $60!
The Michelle Wright 60,000 Fans Sweepstakes and Sale ends on Monday, August 13, at 6:00 p.m. (CDT), so enter to win the Sweepstakes now and visit The Wright Store to stock up on your favorite Wright stuff!
Michelle nominated for CCMA Female Artist of the Year!
(Nashville, Wednesday, July 18) Today the Canadian Country Music Association announced their nominees for the 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards, and Michelle has been nominated for the Female Artist of the Year!
A five-time winner of this Award and recent inductee into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, Michelle is having an outstanding year thus far, including the release of her latest hit single, Another Good Day, an upcoming 30-date tour across Canada, a new album scheduled for release early this fall, and a rapidly increasing Facebook Fan Page total (currently numbering just under 60,000 Fans).
The 2012 Canadian Country Music Association Awards will be held on September 9, 2012 in Saskatoon, SK. The Awards Show will be broadcast live on CBC Television from Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre at 8:00 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) with encore airings on CMT (Canada) starting at 10:00 p.m. ET.
Michelle celebrates birthdays with rare solo show at Stanfest!
(Nashville, Tuesday, June 12) On June 30, just before the stroke of midnight, Michelle will be preparing to walk on stage to celebrate her July 1 birthday with a solo performance at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, Nova Scotia. Of course, July 1 is Canada Day as well, so the rare midnight solo show will be a celebration of both Michelle’s and Canada’s birthdays!
Throughout the Stanfest weekend Michelle will also join in some of the other festivities. Michelle will appear “Up Close & Personal” at the Fox Island Stage on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. On Sunday she will be a part of “The Origins of Country Music” seminar at the Fogerty’s Cove Stage at 12:00 p.m. Later that afternoon Michelle will be back at the Fox Island Stage for the workshop “The Hit Makers” at 4:00 p.m.
In its sixteenth year, the 2012 Stan Rogers Folk Festival runs from Friday, June 29, through Sunday, July 1, and is held at 104 Queens Street in Canso, NS. Visit the Stanfest website for more information.
Michelle headlines 2012 Gala supporting the Country Music Hall of Fame!
(Nashville, Monday, May 28) On Saturday, June 2, Michelle will be performing at the Gala supporting the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, presented by the Canadian Country Music Heritage Society, at the Merritt Civic Centre in Merritt, BC. A 2011 inductee into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, Michelle will help raise money for the Hall as the evening's headlining performer. The Gala will also feature Michelle's first ever live performance of her latest single, "Another Good Day."
The Merritt Civic Centre is located at 1950 Mamette Avenue. Tickets
are $125 per person and $900 for a table of 8. Tickets are on sale at
Merritt Home Hardware, or by phone from R Brand Productions at (250)
315-5851. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Visit Michelle's website tour page for more information.
Michelle's new single, "Another Good Day," now available on iTunes Canada!
(Nashville, Tuesday, May 8) The Wright Staff is thrilled to report that Michelle's new Canadian single, "Another Good Day," is now available on iTunes Canada for only $0.99!
Click here to check out "Another Good Day" on the iTunes Canada store.
Guess who’s on the cover of this week’s Cashbox Canada magazine?
(Nashville, Monday, May 7) That’s Wright! “Michelle Wright: Back on Radio with “Another Good Day”! Cashbox writer Don Graham raves about Michelle's latest single, describing it as a “new infectious, can't get it out of your head, positive, up lifting summer song" and predicting "Another Good Day" will put Michelle "back on the top of charts where she belongs."
Check out Michelle's cover story here.
Michelle's new single "Another Good Day" released to Canadian country radio today!
(Nashville, TN / Toronto, ON - April 24, 2012) Brian Ferriman, president of Savannah Music and personal manager of Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame star Michelle Wright, is pleased to announce today's release to Canadian country radio of the Savannah recording artist’s much-anticipated new single, Another Good Day.
Michelle lights up when she talks about Another Good Day, revealing that "it feels great to be releasing new music, as always, but I'm especially proud of this song, its positivity, its optimism ... That's the kind of overall mood I'm in these days and the songs I've been writing and singing lately reflect that."
Written by Michelle along with good friend Patricia Conroy and Emerson Drive's Danick Dupelle, and produced by Jason Barry, Another Good Day also features the creativity of some of Michelle's favourite Music City musicians.
Michelle Wright is one of Canada's most widely recognized and awarded country singers. The first Canadian-born artist in the modern era of country music to have a Top Ten hit in the U.S., to have a Number One video on CMT-USA, and to win an Academy of Country Music Award, Michelle has been recognized from the outset for her expressive voice and distinctive style. With over 40 major music industry awards to her credit, a string of 25 Top Ten hits on radio in her homeland, including seven Number One singles, worldwide record sales approaching two million and nearing 1,000,000 units in Canada alone, plus touring travel across North America and to every other continent except Antarctica, Michelle's career is one of which many artists can only dream.
This past September Michelle was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, one of the youngest Canadian country artists ever to be so honoured. April 24, 2012, is sure to be Another Good Day for Michelle and her fans all across Canada as she starts the next exciting leg of her wonderful career journey.
Click here to listen to a sample of Another Good Day. For liner and interview requests, music, bios and preapproved images, please contact Debbie Wood at email@example.com / (905) 373-4186.
Big week coming up for Michelle!
We're about a month into the spring season and love is in the air - this coming Friday, April 20, is Michelle and Marco's 10th Anniversary! This weekend, the two of them are celebrating with a romantic weekend on the beach. What beach, you say? Forget about it! The happy couple wouldn't even tell us! But feel free to wish Michelle and Marco a happy anniversary on Michelle's Facebook Page, we know they'll greatly appreciate it!
Once they return, Michelle will be busy starting to promote her brand new Canadian single, "Another Good Day," which will be released to Canadian country radio on Tuesday, April 24. Hopefully "Another Good Day" soon will be heard all across Canada on country radio, so be sure to call in to your local country station and request "Another Good Day!"
With less than two weeks until the end of April, we here at The Wright Staff are still rallying everyone to help nominate Michelle for Canada's Walk of Fame Award before the nomination period closes at the end of the month. Michelle feels honoured to be considered, and we want to do our very best to get her nominated, so we'd like to ask that you please visit the Canada's Walk of Fame website at www.canadaswalkoffame.com/nominate and submit your nomination.
Also, we'd like to say thank you to everyone who has shown their support, but don't forget that you can keep nominating! Nominations may be submitted once per day (between 12:00 a.m. EST and 11:59 p.m. EST) until midnight EST on April 30. To nominate Michelle, you must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or Aboriginal resident of Canada, age 19 or older.
Help nominate Michelle for Canada's Walk of Fame Award!
(Nashville, Friday, April 6) After such a wonderful 2011, which saw Michelle become one of the youngest country artists ever to be inducted into the prestigious Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, we here at The Wright Staff would like to make her 2012 just as special by "rounding up the troops" to help nominate Michelle for Canada's Walk of Fame Award!
Throughout her career, we've found Michelle to display remarkable character. She's worked with World Vision Canada for ten years, traveling abroad to countries like Honduras and Zambia in an effort to promote child sponsorship and create awareness of the many impoverished nations currently battling poverty and injustice. She's visited Afghanistan in support of the Canadian Armed Forces. And in her native land of Canada, Michelle has been an exemplary role model to the many female Canadian artists that have followed in her footsteps.
We, The Wright Staff, would like to ask for your support in nominating Michelle for Canada's Walk of Fame Award. Whether it's because of her humanitarian efforts, her character and radiant personality, a personal experience you've shared with Michelle, or simply because you've enjoyed her music over the years, we ask that you please click here to nominate Michelle.
To nominate Michelle, you must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or Aboriginal resident of Canada, age 19 or older. Nominations may be submitted once per day (between 12:00 a.m. EST and 11:59 p.m. EST) until midnight EST on April 30.
We sincerely hope you'll join us in our efforts to have Michelle nominated for this honour.
"The Michelle Wright 50,000 Fans Sale" begins now!
(Nashville, Friday, March 9) Starting today at 5:00 p.m. (CDT), the Wright Store is hosting "The Michelle Wright 50,000 Fans Sale" to celebrate Michelle now having 50,000 Facebook Fans!
The sale will last five days, with different items being discounted by 50% each day beginning at 5:00 p.m. (CDT) today. Every 24 hours, a new item will be discounted. Also throughout the sale free shipping will be applied to orders of $50 or more.
Check back every day at the Wright Store or at Michelle's Facebook Fan Page for each day's discounted item.
Hope you enjoy the sale!
Michelle announces Sweepstakes Winners
"Now it's time to take care of some fun stuff. I'm happy to announce the names of the Michelle Wright 50,000 Fans Sweepstakes winners.
"Those who entered the sweepstakes will know that if they correctly named the day we crossed the 50,000 Fan threshold on my Facebook Fan Page, their name would be entered into a random draw for five prizes, each an autographed and personalized copy of my new album, The Wright Songs: An Acoustic Evening With Michelle Wright, plus a Grand Prize - a 5-CD libary of my music, autographed and personalized, and including: The Wright Songs: An Acoustic Evening With Michelle Wright; Do Right By Me (the remastered and repackaged version); Everything And More; A Wright Christmas; and Michelle Wright: The Greatest Hits Collection.
"Well, today's the day. There are now more than 50,000 Fans of my Facebook Fan Page! Hooray!!! So let's give out some prizes! And here we go!!! The 5 winners of a copy of The Wright Songs: An Acoustic Evening With Michelle Wright are: Nancy Burns, Geoff Graves, Koreen Gross-Keeler, Lorne Holzapfel, and Elizabeth Raymond. Congratulations to the Fantastic Five, and now let's find out our Grand Prize winner:
OK, gang! The winner of the Grand Prize in the Michelle Wright 50,000 Fans Sweepstakes is JOAN RICHARDSON!!! Congratulations, Joan!!!
To all prizewinners: my office will be in touch immediately to get you your prizes.
Thanks to everybody who entered my Sweepstakes. And to all my wonderful Fans, come back to my Fan Page often: we've got more things planned to keep on celebrating us reaching 50,000 Facebook Fans. Love, Michelle"
Michelle announces Fifty Thousand Fans Sweepstakes!
(Nashville, Monday, March 5) This morning Michelle announced the immediate launch of her Michelle Wright 50,000 Fans Sweepstakes to celebrate nearing the 50,000-fan threshold on her Facebook Fan Page.
Making the announcement Michelle enthused, "Here we are, everybody, closing in on 50,000 fans on my Facebook Fan Page. Am I excited or what! I’m so blessed to have fans like you!
"I promised you that I would have some news this morning about any celebrations we might have around the time we reach 50,000 Fans on my Facebook Fan Page. Well, here’s news about our “Michelle Wright 50,000 Fans Sweepstakes” that starts right now!
"Guess which day we reach 50,000 Facebook Fans and if you’re right, you’ll automatically be entered into a draw for some autographed Michelle Wright music, including an autographed and personalized 5-CD collection! So go to this link: http://www.michelle-wright.com/fiftythousandfanssweepstakes.html and enter now!"
Sweepstakes participants who follow this link, http://www.michelle-wright.com/fiftythousandfanssweepstakes.html, and correctly guess which day this month Michelle crosses the 50,000 FACEBOOK fan threshhold on her FACEBOOK Fan Page will automatically be entered into a random draw for a 5-CD Michelle Wright music library and other prizes.
Sweepstakes entries will be accepted from 7:30 a.m. Central Time ("CT") on Monday, March 5, 2012, through 7:30 a.m. CT on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
For more information and to enter the Sweepstakes, follow this link: http://www.michelle-wright.com/fiftythousandfanssweepstakes.html.
New 2012 tour dates added!
(Nashville, Saturday, January 21) Michelle will be performing for the first time in 2012 in both Canada and the United States next month, kicking off the year with a solo acoustic performance at the Big Hearts for Big Kids fundraiser, benefitting the Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter Society, at The Jackpot Grill in Grande Prairie, AB, on Saturday, February 11. From there, Michelle will travel to Phoenix, AZ, to perform at the Canadian Snowbird Extravaganza Celebration at the Mesa Arts Center on Tuesday, February 14, and Wednesday, February 15.
Michelle is also pleased to announce that she’ll be performing on the final evening of this year’s Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, AB, on Sunday, August 5.
For more information about Michelle’s upcoming shows, visit her website tour page.
Michelle to perform live on both CBC Radio and CBC TV this afternoon!
Michelle appears first on CBC 99.1 FM Radio on the show Here & Now between 5:15pm and 6:00pm EST. She'll be doing three songs live in front of a studio audience in the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio as part of Sounds of the Season, the broadcaster's annual fundraiser to benefit local food banks in the Greater Toronto area. The first person who tells Michelle on her Facebook Page which three songs she played on CBC Radio will win a copy of her brand new The Wright Songs CD and a pair of tickets to her Christmas concert at Brock Centre of the Arts in St. Catharines tomorrow night, December 16.
Next up, Michelle guests on CBC TV’s Supper Hour News between 6:00pm and 6:30pm EST. She will perform two songs live in front of a studio audience in CBC’s Lobby Atrium. The first person who correctly tells Michelle on her Facebook Page which two songs she played on the Supper Hour News will win a copy of her brand new The Wright Songs CD and a pair of tickets to her Christmas concert at the Markham Theatre this Saturday night, December 17.
Michelle's CBC appearances today with be followed by a visit tomorrow morning (December 16) to Canada AM as she continues promoting the release of her brand new The Wright Songs CD and begins the Ontario leg of her 17-date I'm Dreaming of a Wright Christmas tour.
Michelle's "The Wright Songs" released Tuesday, Nov. 22!
The Wright Songs: An Acoustic Evening With Michelle Wright
(Nashville, Tuesday, November 22) Today marks the release of Michelle's much-anticipated new album, The Wright Songs: An Acoustic Evening With Michelle Wright! Available in stores on CD in Canada and on CD or digital download worldwide through Michelle's website store, The Wright Songs is a live acoustic collection of material from her "The Wright Songs" tours of 2009 and 2010. The album features seventeen songs, 67 minutes of live material including hits such as Take It Like A Man, Your Love, I Surrender, He Would Be Sixteen, Nobody's Girl, Safe In The Arms Of Love, and many more.
The album, available on CD or as digital download, can be purchased at Michelle's website store.
Remembering Captain Nichola Goddard
(Toronto, Friday, November 11) As you may recall, on May 17, 2006, the night when Canadian Armed Forces Captain Nichola Goddard became the first Canadian female combat soldier to be killed in combat since World War II, Michelle was at the same CAF base camp in Kandahar, Afghanistan, entertaining the troops. Two days later, she attended Captain Goddard's ramp ceremony.
Two years ago, around Remembrance Day, Michelle travelled to Charlottetown, PE, to perform at a concert there to benefit Light Up Papua New Guinea, a project in honour of Captain Goddard. In addition to her musical performances at that concert, Michelle surprised the audience by reciting a poem composed in Captain Goddard’s honour (the first poem Michelle has ever written). Talking about the poem, Michelle relates, “As a result of this invitation to perform in honour of Captain Goddard, I started to reflect upon my experience of being in a war zone when a soldier serving her country lost her life ... and the words just poured out.” Michelle presented the original manuscript of the poem to Nichola’s parents, Tim and Sally Goddard.
To view Michelle's poem, Captain Nichola Goddard, click here.
To hear Captain Nichola Goddard read by Michelle, click the link: http://www.michelle-wright.com/music/fb5.php
Click here to read Michelle's Afghan Journals.
November 11. Lest We Forget.
Michelle shoots I Surrender video "unjammed, raw & real on the row"!
(Nashville, November 10, 2011) This past Tuesday, Michelle visited her friends Laura Mary Clarke and Julian Chojnacki over at Take 8 Films on 17th Avenue in Nashville to guest on their "un-jammed. raw & real on the row" show and shoot a video of Michelle's Top Ten hit, I Surrender.
Julian and Laura have a fresh, interesting concept for their show. Live video, live audio, live vocals, one camera, one take, no editing, no autotune, etc., hence the term "raw & real."
Click here to see what they came up with!
Michelle Celebrates 40,000 Facebook Fans with 40/40/40 Sale!
(Nashville, November 4, 2011) Starting tomorrow, Saturday, November 5, at 6:00 a.m. (CDT), the Michelle Wright Store is hosting a very special sale to celebrate Michelle now having 40,000 Facebook Fans!
Here are the details of Michelle's 40/40/40 sale:
1) The sale is in celebration of Michelle now having 40,000 Facebook Fans.
2) The sale starts at 6:00 a.m. (CDT) tomorrow, November 5, at Michelle's website store, www.michelle-wright.com/store, and runs for 40 hours ending on Sunday, November 6, at 9:00 p.m. (CST).
3) Many items in Michelle's website store will be on sale at 40% off their current purchase price.
Hope you enjoy the sale! It's worth a look - especially with Christmas coming on, and Michelle releasing a new album!
Full list of “I’m Dreaming Of A Wright Christmas” Tour 2011 shows!
Michelle shares the mic with a young fan during her Christmas show
(Nashville, October 24, 2011) With the Christmas season right around the corner, Michelle has officially announced her public shows for her I’m Dreaming Of A Wright Christmas Tour 2011, beginning in Kamloops, BC, on December 3, and ending in Waterloo, ON, on December 22. This year's show will include some traditional seasonal carols, some of Michelle and her band’s favorite Christmas music, some personal holiday family reminiscences, and some surprises, too - all punctuated by the powerful hits that have earned Michelle recognition as one of Canada’s great vocal talents.
Here is a complete list of the dates:
12/3/11 KAMLOOPS, BC Kamloops Convention Centre Theatre
12/4/11 KELOWNA, BC Kelowna Community Theatre
12/6/11 FORT MACLEOD, AB Empress Theatre
12/7/11 FORT MACLEOD, AB Empress Theatre
12/8/11 SHERWOOD PARK, AB Festival Place
12/9/11 DELBURNE, AB Delburne Community Hall
12/11/11 WHITECAP, SK Dakota Dunes Casino
12/12/11 YORKTON, SK Painted Hand Casino
12/14/11 BLIND RIVER, ON Alain Bray Auditorium
12/16/11 ST. CATHARINES, ON Brock Centre for the Arts
12/17/11 MARKHAM, ON Markham Theatre
12/18/11 WHITBY, ON Class Act Dinner Theatre
12/19/11 LINDSAY, ON Academy Theatre
12/20/11 HUNTSVILLE, ON Algonquin Theatre
12/21/11 BURNSTOWN, ON Neat Coffee Shop
12/22/11 WATERLOO, ON Country Playhouse
For more information about each of the shows, visit Michelle’s website tour page.
New photo gallery: Michelle’s 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards weekend!
Michelle receives a standing ovation from the award show audience.
(October 19, 2011) This past September, Michelle participated in the Canadian Country Music Awards hosted in Hamilton, Ontario, as a performer, a presenter, and as an inductee into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
Michelle performed at the CCMA Fanfest, spoke and was honoured with a music tribute at the Hall of Fame Induction Gala, made a guest appearance at the All Star Band Awards, and was a presenter at the CCMA Awards show.
Photos from all the events of Michelle’s amazing 2011 CCMA weekend can now be viewed at Michelle’s website photo gallery.
Click here to view the photos. All photos © 2011 Grant Martin Photography.
Michelle inducted into Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame!
A joyful Michelle gives her CCMA Hall of Fame induction speech
(September 16, 2011) This past Sunday, September 11, the Canadian Country Music Association honoured its 2011 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees at a special gala dinner and award ceremony. Michelle, this year's Artist inductee, was recognized for her outstanding contributions to Canada's country music landscape. Bill Langstroth, the host of one of Canada's first talent showcases, "Singalong Jubilee," had his outstanding achievements in television production celebrated in the Industry Builder category.
Michelle’s ceremony included an induction speech from Brian Ferriman, her manager of 26 years, and a delightful acceptance speech from Michelle. The two speeches bookended a surprise musical tribute to Michelle with Terri Clark singing "Take It Like A Man," Victoria Banks singing "Nobody's Girl" and Katie Love Hess singing "Safe In The Arms of Love." Michelle was totally surprised and moved by the tribute, which featured the three vocalists, a full band and six string players.
Michelle has drawn rave reviews for her powerful voice for the last two decades. Selling nearly two million albums in North America and enjoying an international career, she is the first Canadian artist in the modern era of country music to have a Top Ten hit in America (Take It Like A Man, 1992) and a Number One video on CMT-USA.
"What a tremendous honour. I deeply appreciate this recognition and am so very proud to have had the opportunity to represent Canada across the globe through my music," said Michelle of her induction. "I have been blessed, and continue to be blessed, with a wonderful career. My thanks go out to the CCMA, my fans and industry friends, Brian Ferriman (my manager of more than 25 years), my outstanding team, and my husband, Marco, for helping make this recognition possible."
After their induction, Michelle and Bill will soon have their official plaques displayed at the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame located in Merritt, BC. They will also be acknowledged within the collections of the National Music Centre, which is to be opened in Calgary, AB in 2014.
Michelle appears at Canadian Country Music Week!
(September 8, 2011) Michelle will be out-and-about often during Canadian Country Music Week, which begins tomorrow (Friday, September 9) and concludes on Monday, September 12.
On Saturday, September 10, Michelle will be performing at CCMA FanFest on the roof of the Jackson Square Mall alongside some other fine Canadian country artists, including Terri Clark, George Canyon, Doc Walker, Dean Brody, Jason Blaine, Paul Brandt and Gord Bamford. The artists will be there to meet with their fans for autographs and photos during the event, which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Michelle’s set start at noon.
On Sunday, September 11, Michelle will be inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame at a private gala dinner and award ceremony.
On Monday, September 12, Michelle will present an award at the 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards show, which airs at 8:00 p.m. EDT on CBC and 10:00 p.m. EDT on CMT Canada.
Congratulations, Michelle, on your induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Have a great time at FanFest and the CCMA Awards!
Michelle Wright feature story in today's Montreal Gazette!
(September 7, 2011) The Montreal Gazette's feature story on Michelle, published today on the eve of her induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, is now posted online at http://bit.ly/oXAGjm,
Written by the Gazette's Dave Stubbs, the feature can also be found on page C5 of the Arts section of the physical newspaper.
Yesterday’s audio interview and slide show are still online as well: you can link to them at the top of today’s story.
Michelle’s interview with Montreal Gazette now online!
(Nashville, September 6, 2011) Today the Montreal Gazette posted a two-part audio interview with Michelle, accompanied by an extensive photo gallery, as a sneak peek at tomorrow’s featured article on Michelle’s career and upcoming induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
In the interview, Michelle discusses her relationship with her fans, her love of performing, and her journey from growing up and playing guitar on a farm to becoming a Hall of Fame inductee.
Click here to listen to the audio interview and view the photo gallery.
In addition, be sure to check out tomorrow's Montreal Gazette for a full feature story on Michelle which will also be available at the Gazette website.
Michelle Wright CCMA Sweepstakes Winners Announced!
(Nashville, September 3, 2011) The names of the Prize Winners in the Michelle Wright CCMA Sweepstakes have been announced.
There are five (5) Secondary Prize Winners, each of whom has won a limited edition pre-release copy of Michelle's upcoming CD, The Wright Songs: An Acoustic Evening With Michelle Wright, autographed by Michelle.
The Secondary Prize Winners are: Donna Clark from Hamilton, ON; Dave Dandell, Vernon, BC; Susan Hoffman, Ajax, ON; Maury Lambert, Cupertino, CA; and Ray Briand, Port-Daniel, QC.
The Grand Prize is a pair of tickets to the Canadian Country Music Awards show, which will be held on Monday, September 12, 2011, at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario.
The Grand Prize Winner is Crystal Peckford from Peterborough, ON.
Congratulations go out from Michelle to Crystal and to all the Prize Winners, and her thanks to all who participated.
Enter the Michelle Wright CCMA Sweepstakes!
(Nashville, August 28, 2011) Michelle is having a sweepstakes to celebrate this year's Canadian Country Music Awards, which are being held at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada) on Monday, September 12, 2011.
Those who enter the Michelle Wright CCMA Sweepstakes can win a randomly-selected Grand Prize consisting of a pair of free tickets - courtesy of Michelle - also to the Canadian Country Music Awards show. There are also five (5) Secondary Prizes to be won by random selection, each consisting of a limited edition pre-release copy of Michelle's upcoming CD, The Wright Songs: An Acoustic Evening With Michelle Wright autographed by Michelle.
Sweepstakes entries will be accepted from 3:00 p.m. Central Time ("CT") on Sunday, August 28, 2011, through 11:59 a.m. CT on Saturday, September 3, 2011.
Enter the Michelle Wright CCMA Sweepstakes! Learn more and enter here:
The Prize Winners will be announced by Michelle this Saturday, September 3 in the late afternoon on her Facebook page and here on the News page of her website. Prize Winners will be notified by email.
Note: The Grand Prize of this Sweepstakes is one pair of tickets to the Canadian Country Music Awards. Travel to Hamilton, Ontario is not included, nor are accommodations nor meals. However, in the event the Grand Prize Winner cannot attend the 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards show for any reason, he or she can give the tickets to an approved third party who is able to attend.
Click here for the complete rules of the sweepstakes.
Michelle to Perform at CCMA FanFest 2011!
(Nashville, August 8, 2011) On Saturday, September 10, Michelle will perform at the largest annual fan appreciation event in Canadian country music: CCMA FanFest!
Held on the roof of the Jackson Square Mall in Hamilton, Ontario, this year’s FanFest features performances from Michelle (this year’s Artist inductee into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame) and other top Canadian country artists, all of whom will be there to meet with the fans for autographs and photos during the event, which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Other artists participating in FanFest include Terri Clark, George Canyon, Doc Walker, Dean Brody, Jason Blaine, Paul Brandt and Tara Oram.
More information will soon be available at Michelle’s website tour page.
FanFest is one of many events taking place during Country Music Week, September 9 to 12 in Hamilton, ON. This annual celebration brings together industry and fans alike for four days of educational seminars, valuable networking opportunities and most importantly non-stop music. Country Music Week culminates with the live broadcast of the Canadian Country Music Awards on Monday, September 12.
Tickets for the Canadian Country Music Awards, taking place on Monday, September 12 at Copps Coliseum are available at all Ticketmaster locations, or online at www.ticketmaster.ca. Ticket prices range from $45 to $70 (plus applicable taxes and service charges).
Michelle Celebrates 30,000 Likers with 30/30/30 Sale!
(Michelle's new T-shirt. Available at The Wright Store.)
(Nashville, July 22, 2011) The Wright Store is in the midst of a special sale to celebrate Michelle reaching 30,000 Facebook Likers.
During this 30/30/30 sale, which began yesterday at 4:00pm and runs through Saturday, July 30, everything in Michelle's store will be discounted at checkout an additional 30% off the current purchase price by using promo code MW30.
In addition, everybody who purchases something from Michelle's website store during the sale (no matter how big or how small the purchase) will automatically be entered into a draw for a Daily Prize and a special Grand Prize!
The Daily Prize at this 30/30/30 sale is an autographed pre-release version of Michelle's upcoming CD, The Wright Songs: An Acoustic Evening with Michelle Wright, and the Grand Prize is a personal telephone conversation with Michelle!
New Blog Post from Michelle: For the Love of our Doggies
Winter and Gracie
Michelle has a new blog post, "For the Love of our Doggies," which introduces the four loveable dogs sharing Michelle and Marco's world. But life's not always sweetness and light for Gracie, Winter, Lycos and Bella: doggies suffer their share of bumps and bruises, too. And canine misadventures can require costly corrective surgery - as Michelle and Marco soon find out.
Click here to read Michelle's latest blog post.
Michelle’s Annual July 1st Celebration has Special Significance this Year
Michelle in concert
(Photo By: Unknown)
(Nashville, June 29, 2011) It’s become somewhat of a tradition for Michelle to celebrate Canada Day and her July 1st birthday with a free performance somewhere in her native land.
This Friday, Michelle headlines a free outdoor concert at Lede Park in Leduc, Alberta, a celebration of particular significance to Michelle not only because it’s Canada Day, but also because it’s her 50th birthday.
It’s an exciting time for Michelle. The Canadian Country Music Association recently announced she will be this year’s Artist inductee into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Michelle is thrilled to be celebrating this honor, Canada’s 144th birthday, and her 50th with her July 1st concert in Leduc.
For more information about Leduc’s Canada Day festivities, visit http://www.leduc.ca/Events/Canada_Day_2011.htm.
To read more about Michelle’s upcoming induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, scroll down to the previous entry on this page.
Happy birthday, Michelle!
Michelle Wright and Bill Langstroth Honoured with 2011 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Recognition!
Inductions to take place during Country Music Week - September 9-12, 2011
(Toronto, ON) June 21, 2011 - The Canadian Country Music Association® is pleased to announce the 2011 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees. Recognized for her outstanding contributions to Canada's country music landscape, Michelle Wright has been announced as this year's Artist inductee. Bill Langstroth, the host of one of Canada's first talent showcases, "Singalong Jubilee," will have his outstanding achievements in television production celebrated in the Industry Builder category.
Canadian born Michelle Wright has drawn rave reviews for her powerful voice for the last two decades. Selling nearly two million albums in North America and enjoying an international career she is the first Canadian artist in the modern era of country to have a Top Ten hit in America (Take It Like A Man, 1992) and a Number One video on CMT-USA.
"What a tremendous honour. I deeply appreciate this recognition and am so very proud to have had the opportunity to represent Canada across the globe through my music," said Michelle Wright of her upcoming induction. "I have been blessed, and continue to be blessed, with a wonderful career. My thanks go out to the CCMA along with my fans, industry friends and outstanding team - a team that includes my manager Brian Ferriman and my husband Marco. For more than 25 years I have felt their support and without it this recognition would not be possible. "
Spending his youth in Montreal, Bill Langstroth landed his first gig in Halifax as a producer at CBC. Working alongside the recognized Don Messer, Langstroth quickly climbed the ladder, moving from coordinating producer in 1954 to a series producer in 1955. Under this title, Langstroth grew the Don Messer show to a nationally broadcasted program and in the years following hosted, "Singalong Jubilee." His extensive efforts and great talent in the areas of television production allow him to be recognized as one of the country's first and best industry leaders.
"I am honoured and delighted by my induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame," said Bill Langstroth. "To be recognized for my years in the industry by the CCMA as an industry Builder is a distinction that I am proud to celebrate alongside this year's artist inductee, Michelle Wright."
The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductions will take place during a private industry event to be held during Country Music Week. After their induction, Michelle and Bill will have their official plaques displayed at the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame located in Merritt, BC. They will also be acknowledged within the collections of the National Music Centre, which is to be opened in Calgary, AB in 2014.
Taking place September 9-12, 2011, in Hamilton, Ontario, Country Music Week culminates in the live broadcast of the Canadian Country Music Awards, Monday, September 12, 2011 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC Television and at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CMT Canada. For more information about the Canadian Country Music Association or Country Music Week, please visit www.ccma.org.
To purchase your tickets to the Canadian Country Music Awards show, visit www.ticketmaster.ca.
About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)
Established in 1976, the CCMA is committed to ensuring the growth of Canadian country music through education, communication, information, promotion and recognition. Core to the organization's efforts is Country Music Week - an annual event that heightens awareness and increases exposure for Canada's country artists. A culmination of Country Music Week, the Canadian Country Music Awards were inaugurated in 1982 and continue to celebrate the music and artists that represent Canada's unique culture.
Michelle Brings 2011 Christmas Tour to Edmonton Area!
"I'm Dreaming Of A Wright Christmas"
(Photo By: Unknown)
(Nashville, April 7, 2011) Michelle brings her "I'm Dreaming of a Wright Christmas 2011" Christmas show to Festival Place in Sherwood Park, Alberta, on Thursday, December 8, 2011.
This year Michelle's Christmas tour visits more than fifteen communities in Western Canada and Ontario. The show will include some traditional seasonal carols, some of Michelle and her band’s favorite Christmas music, some personal holiday family reminiscences, some surprises and some strong new music, too - all punctuated by the powerful hits that have earned Michelle recognition as one of Canada’s greatest vocal talents.
Tickets for Michelle's Sherwood Park Christmas concert go on sale to the general public TOMORROW, APRIL 8 AT 10:AM and can be purchased by phone at 780-449-3378 or online at http://www.festivalplace.ab.ca/ or through Ticketmaster.
For more information, visit Michelle's website tour page: http://www.michelle-wright.com/tour.php. Additional dates will be posted there regularly from this point on.
'City of Dreams: Artists for Tennessee Flood Relief' Video to be Screened at Nashville Film Festival
(Nashville, March 23, 2011) In May, 2010, Nashville and the state of Tennessee were devastated by historic flooding that killed many people and caused over $1 billion in damage. Two weeks later, over 40 Nashville artists and musicians, including Michelle, joined together with a production/ engineering team and music video director, Julian Chojnacki, to record the benefit song City of Dreams: Artists for Tennessee Flood Relief, written by Victoria Banks. All participants and facilities donated their time and services. All proceeds from both the Song and the Music Video City Of Dreams: Artists for Tennessee Flood Relief have been, and continue to be, donated to the American Red Cross to assist the people of Tennessee.
Recently Director Chojnacki was notified that City Of Dreams: Artists for Tennessee Flood Relief has been selected for the 2011 Nashville Film Festival, held April 14-21, to compete in the Tennessee Shorts category. The official letter of acceptance from the Festival stated,"Your film was selected from more than 2,400 entries because of its quality and because we felt it best suited our mission and our local audience."
City Of Dreams: Artists for Tennessee Flood Relief will be screened on the Festval's opening night, Thursday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Regal Green Hills Stadium 16, located at 3815 Green Hills Village Drive in Nashville, next to the Mall at Green Hills. An additional screening is slated for Sunday night, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. General Public tickets will be available for purchase online at www.nashvillefilmfestival.org beginning Thursday, April 7.
Click here to watch the video. More information about the 2011 Nashville Film Festival is available here.
Michelle to Perform at Nashville's Tin Pan South on April 2nd!
(Nashville, March 12, 2011) It's official! Michelle's first show of 2011 happens in Nashville at the Commodore Grille, 2613 West End Avenue, at 6:30pm on Saturday, April 2,on the final night of this year's Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival!
Join Michelle, Michael Logen, JP Williams, and fellow Canadians Lisa McCallum and best buddy Patricia Conroy, for a magical evening of songs and the stories behind the songs.
For venue and ticket details, visit the Tin Pan South website: http://www.tinpansouth.com/. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see Michelle perform in Music City. Wright on, Michelle!
Listen to Michelle's 'Do Right By Me' Radio Special here now!
(Nashville, January 10, 2011) We've put Michelle's recent 'The Making of Do Right By Me' Radio Special online here on her website so that everyone can listen to it! This 48 minute radio special is hosted by Michelle and features 39 minutes of music - including all 11 songs from Do Right By Me - and nine minutes of Michelle's fascinating, behind-the scenes stories about the circumstances surrounding the making of the album. Listen to the entire special here.
Listen to Michelle's Poem in Remembrance of Fallen CAF Captain Nichola Goddard
(Nashville, November 11, 2010) On May 17, 2006, the night when Canadian Armed Forces Captain Nichola Goddard became the first Canadian female combat soldier to be killed in combat since World War II, Michelle was at the same CAF base camp in Kandahar, Afghanistan, entertaining the troops. Two days later, Michelle attended Captain Goddard's ramp ceremony.
Last year, shortly before Remembrance Day, Michelle travelled to Charlottetown, PE to perform at a concert there to benefit Light Up Papua New Guinea, a project in honour of Captain Goddard. In addition to her musical performances at that concert, she surprised the audience by reciting a poem composed in Captain Goddard’s honour (the first poem Michelle has ever written).
Talking about the poem, Michelle relates, “As a result of this invitation to perform in honour of Captain Goddard, I started to reflect upon my experience of being in a war zone when a soldier serving her country lost her life...and the words just poured out.” Michelle presented the original manuscript of the poem to Nichola’s parents, Tim and Sally Goddard.
To read Michelle’s poem, Captain Nichola Goddard, or to listen to the poem recited by Michelle herself, click here.
November 11. Lest We Forget.
Michelle participates in collaboration to support Canadian troops
(Nashville, October 20, 2010) This past September at Canadian Country Music Week, a large group of Canadian country artists, including Michelle, convened to record a benefit single and video to honour our fallen Canadian troops and their families. All proceeds will go to the "Military Families Fund" and "Boomer's Legacy."
The “Military Families Fund” is an organization that provides immediate assistance, such as specialized health care and rehabilitation, to military families in need. “Boomer’s Legacy,” a private charity, specializes in helping deployed soldiers and others in need with essentials like medications for a clinic or buying school supplies for students. The foundation was created in honour of Corporal Andrew "Boomer" Eykelenboom, a soldier killed in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber in 2006.
The song, titled Standing Strong and True (For Tomorrow), was composed by Ron Irving, Lynda McKillip and Tom McKillip. Artists who performed include Terri Clark, Emerson Drive, Victoria Banks, Aaron Pritchett, Crystal Shawanda, The Higgins, Michelle and many more.
The single will be available to purchase online next Tuesday, October 26, and the video will be available to purchase November 2. To see the streaming video now, visit www.cmt.ca (the video player is on the right side). The video can also be seen on CMT Canada.
Savannah Music reissues Michelle's 1988 debut album ‘Do Right By Me’
(Nashville, August 18, 2010) Brian Ferriman, President of Savannah Music USA and Michelle's long time manager, is pleased to announce that the first release from his recently relaunched Savannah Music label in Canada will be the remastered and repackaged reissue of Michelle's 1988 debut album, Do Right By Me, on Tuesday, August 24.
With over 42,000 albums sold in Canada alone, the original Do Right By Me was a major hit in Canada for its time. It gave Michelle the first hits she ever had - no less than seven in Canada - and it led to her first U.S. record contract, still more hits, and a career that continues to bring her in front of audiences around the world. All seven of the hits from Do Right By Me still receive significant gold airplay on Canadian country radio, especially the album’s three Top 10 singles: the title track, the AC crossover song I Wish I Were Only Lonely, and Michelle’s distinctive cover of Andy Kim’s Rock Me Gently.
The new Do Right By Me will be most welcome: Brian Foraker’s skillful remastering has brought the album sonically into the 21st century. The new version also includes a bonus track never before available on CD — Michelle's duet with the late Terry Carisse from 1987, the title cut of his album None of the Feeling is Gone.
The roots of Michelle's success are out in the open again with the re-release of Do Right By Me. The strength of those roots — and the singer’s own strength — is self-evident in every song. Not everything that’s old becomes new again, but this classic country record sounds as fresh, lively, and exciting as it did when it was originally made. In fact, remastered and repackaged, Do Right By Me sounds and looks even more crisp and fresh than it did the first time around.
In stores in Canada, August 24, 2010. Pre-orders are available from Michelle's website store now. At present, U.S. sales will be online only.
Michelle's Facebook online
(Nashville, July 15, 2010) Michelle’s Online “Run” for charity today reached - and raced past - its first goal of 5000 “likes” for her Facebook page. Celebrating the achievement with her wonderful fans, Michelle enthused, “It took a little longer than we first hoped, but it feels great to have completed the first leg of our 5K/10K run.” Originally conceived as ending on her birthday, the event was a little slow out of the starting gate. However, after celebrating her birthday in early July, Michelle, undaunted, decided to extend her 5K/10K Online “Run” indefinitely and will continue to donate 10 cents to the TN Red Cross, and now 10 cents as well to World Vision Canada, for every new Facebook “like” she receives, all the way through to the 10,000 “likes” finish line.
Here’s how you can help:
- If you haven't already "liked" Michelle's Facebook page, click the "like" button at the top.
- At Michelle's Facebook page, click the "Suggest to Friends" button on the left side and let your pals know that when they "like" Michelle's page, they'll also be helping Tennessee’s flood victims and aiding in the fight to end global poverty.
Michelle and Jason McCoy to host CCMA Hall of Honour Induction concert!
(Nashville, July 15, 2010) The Canadian Country Music Association is presenting a special evening of tributes on Friday, September 10 for its 2010 CCMA Hall of Hounour inductees who include Donna & Leroy Anderson, Willie P. Bennett, Marie Bottrell, Eddie Eastman, Ray St. Germain, Don Harron, Fred McKenna, Wayne Rostad, Joyce Smith and Hal & Ginger Willis.
The evening will be hosted by Michelle and Jason McCoy and will feature performances by Jaydee Bixby, Dean Brody, Hey Romeo, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Crystal Shawanda to name a few.
"We're really looking forward to putting together a show that fans will be privileged to see," said show producer Tera Lee Flaman. "From up and coming artists like home-towners Hey Romeo to the classic country crooning of Michelle Wright, this is one show the like of which you will never see again."
Tickets for the Hall of Honour Induction Ceremony, to take place at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton on Friday, September 10 go on sale today at 10am. Tickets are $40, including all taxes and fees. To purchase your tickets, visit www.winspeardentre.com or charge by phone at 1-800-563-3081.
For more details about the Hall of Honour Induction Ceremony or Country Music Week and the CCMA Awards, vist www.ccma.org.
Help Michelle support Flood Relief, WorldVision with 5K & 10K Online Brithday "Run"
With her birthday only two weeks away, Michelle has decided that this year she would like to give a great birthday present rather than receive one. Concerned about the struggles that so many people are facing these days, in Nashville and around the globe, Michelle has decided to host “Michelle’s 5K/10K Online Birthday Run” in support of the victims of the recent Tennessee flood, as well as WorldVision Canada.
Here's how the digital "run" works: For every new fan to "like" Michelle's Facebook page from today through July 1, Michelle will donate 10 cents to the American Red Cross’ Nashville area chapter until her Fan page has a total of 5,000 "likes." After that, Michelle will donate 10 cents to the TN Red Cross AND 10 cents to WorldVision Canada through July 1 for every additional "like" until her page has 10,000 "likes."
Here’s how you can help:
- If you haven't already "liked" Michelle's Facebook page, go ahead and click the "like" button at the top.
- At Michelle's Facebook page, click the "Suggest to Friends" button on the left side and let your pals know that when they "like" Michelle's page, they'll also be supporting the flood victims and aiding in the fight to end global poverty.
Let's take a "run" at it for Michelle's birthday!
Thanks from the Wright Staff!
Michelle to headline City of Brantford's Canada Day celebration!
Michelle is blessed because her birthday - July 1st - falls on the same date as Canada's Birthday.
This year, on July 1st, Michelle returns home to Canada to headline the City of Brantford's 2010 Canada Day Celebration. And as her birthday gift to her fans, it's a free show!
Announcing the concert, Michelle enthused, "We've had some memorable shows on Canada Day, and this year will be no exception. So come on out to Lions Park in Brantford and party with me, my band, and some fantastic fireworks! See you on July 1st. Happy Canada Day!"
For more information, visit Michelle's Tour page or the City of Brantford Canada Day Celebration 2010 website.
Michelle announces 24-date Canadian tour!
(Nashville, June 8, 2010) This morning Michelle officially announced that she would be bringing her "Wright Songs 2010" acoustic tour to 24 Canadian communities this fall. The tour starts in Glace Bay, NS, on Thursday, October 14, and finishes up in Maple Ridge, BC, on Friday, November 12.
Here is a complete list of dates:
14, Glace Bay, NS, Savoy Theatre
15, Charlottetown, PE, Venue TBA
16, Halifax, NS, Casino Nova Scotia
17, Toronto, ON, Hugh's Room
18, Alliston, ON, Gibson Centre
19, Belleville, ON, Empire Theatre
20, Whitby, ON, Class Act Dinner Theatre
21, Cobourg, ON, Park Playhouse
22, Chatham, ON, Capitol Theatre
23, London, ON, Aeolian Hall
24, Bracebridge, ON, Renee M. Caisse Theatre
27, Portage La Prairie, MB, William Glesby Centre
28, Winnipeg, MB, Venue TBA
29, Langdenburg, SK, George Layh Theatre
30, Melfort, SK, CJVR Performing Arts Theatre
2, Bragg Creek, AB, Bragg Creek Community Centre
3, Daysland, AB, Palace Theatre
4, Red Deer, AB, Memorial Centre
5, Fort Saskatchewan, AB, Dow Centennial Centre
6, Vermilion, AB, Alumni Hall Theatre
7, Spruce Grove, AB, Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre
8, Olds, AB, Trans Canada Theatre
10, Victoria, BC, Alix Goolden Hall
12, Maple Ridge, BC, The Act Maple Ridge
Additional dates may be announced. For more on sale information and other details, visit Michelle's Tour page.
"City of Dreams" song now available for download!
(Nashville, May 28, 2010) The"City of Dreams" song by Artists for Tennessee Flood Relief is now available for download at http://www.CityofDreamsNashville.com.
All proceeds go to the Nashville Red Cross for Tennessee Flood Relief. Please spread the word to help the cause!
"City of Dreams" Artists for Tennessee Flood Relief video now released!
(Nashville, May 26, 2010) The "City of Dreams" Artists for Tennessee Flood Relief benefit video has just been released. View it here: http://www.cityofdreamsnashville.com/. Please pass this link along to your friends. CMT, CMT Canada and GAC will premier the video later this week.
Follow Michelle on Twitter!
Michelle’s now on Twitter! After posting a few times and getting the hang of it, she’s ready to tweet while on tour, in the studio, at home, or (preferably not) during a natural disaster.
Click here to follow Michelle.
Michelle records Nashville flood benefit song/video with fellow artists!
On May 15, Michelle participated in a Tennessee flood relief benefit audio and video recording session at the legendary Nashville studio Ocean Way with many of her fellow country music artists. Titled “City of Dreams,” the song they recorded will soon be released on iTunes and the video will soon air on CMT, GAC and CMT Canada. All proceeds will go to the Mid-Tennessee Red Cross.
Click here to check out Michelle’s “Behind the Scenes” photo gallery from the session.
Check back here regularly for more information.
Free rare MP3 download now online!
For the first time ever, a special remix of Michelle's top ten hit single "Every Time You Come Around" is now online! Remixed by accomplished Nashville producer Kyle Lehning, this unreleased track is available as a free gift when you join Michelle's fan email list.
To sign up for Michelle's email list and receive the free mp3, click here.
New tour dates added!
Michelle will be playing six dates in March and April as part of her Wright Songs – An acoustic evening with Michelle Wright tour. Michelle will be opening the string of dates in the Buffalo/Niagara Falls area of Lancaster, New York, on March 13. Soon after, Michelle will follow-up with a run of shows in Manitoba and Ontario between April 5 and April 10.
Check out the tour page for more information.
MICHELLE’S NEW CHRISTMAS TOUR PHOTOS AND UPDATED TOUR JOURNAL NOW ONLINE!
Photos from the 2009 I’m Dreaming of a Wright Christmas Tour can now be viewed in Michelle’s website photo gallery. Look for some great live shots from the Vernon and Sherwood Park concerts, and plenty of behind the scenes pics – including a private tour of this year’s bus!
Michelle’s 2009 Christmas Tour Journal is now completed and online as well, featuring stories from the road, candid guest posts from lighting director Eric Bartnes and guitarist Frank Michels, and more spectacular tour photos. If you haven’t read Michelle’s journal and are interested in learning what it was like to be on tour during some of the harshest winter weather ever recorded in northwestern Canada, don’t miss it!
AVAILABLE NOW: MICHELLE'S NEW CHRISTMAS MERCH AND MORE!
Just thought we'd share the good news - Michelle has some exciting new merchandise now available for you!
Michelle's latest line of merch includes an I'm Dreaming of a Wright Christmas Tour 2009 souvenir t-shirt, and a special logo t-shirt, both of which are available in men's and women's styles. Also new to the store is the environmentally-friendly Michelle Wright tote bag!
All merch is competitively priced and shipped within one business day for the holiday season. Also, as Michelle's holiday gift to you, each Christmas item is on sale! Check out the savings online at the Michelle Wright Store.
MICHELLE'S CHRISTMAS TOUR JOURNAL IS HERE!
It's the most wonderful time of the year - Michelle's new Christmas Tour Journal is here!
Share Michelle's day-to-day experiences as she's out on the road. Keep in touch with her Christmas adventures by visiting her Journal page.
The journal is meant to be interactive like a blog, so please leave a comment or two any time you stop by. Maybe you can get some interesting conversations started!
SEE MICHELLE THIS TUESDAY ON CMT CANADA’S CHEVY CROSS CANADA COUNTDOWN!
This Tuesday, December 1st - CMT Canada’s #1 rated show, the Chevy Cross Canada Countdown, re-airs an interview with Michelle recorded in Toronto during her mid-November visit to the Royal Winter Fair. Michelle’s appearance will air in two brief segments about 30 minutes and 90 minutes into the program, which begins at 4pm ET. The interview first aired on Friday, November 27th and re-aired on Saturday, November 28th; if you missed those airings, or if you want to catch the interview again, Tuesday's re-airing on CMT Canada will be the final one.
FREE CHRISTMAS WALLPAPER & BANNERS NOW AVAILABLE!
To kick off the beginning of Michelle’s “I’m Dreaming of a Wright Christmas” tour, the Wright Staff has posted free digital wallpaper and banners for you to access, post and share online. The wallpaper can be added to the background of your desktop or laptop and the banners can be displayed on your website, MySpace and Facebook pages. Visit http://www.michelle-wright.com/wallpaperbanners.html to check out the goods!
PRINCE ALBERT CHRISTMAS SHOW SELLS OUT!
(November 17, 2009) Michelle's December 18th show at the E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts in Prince Albert, SK is now sold out.
When she learned about the sell-out, Michelle enthused, "That's great news! Thanks to all my fans in and around Prince Albert for making it the first sold out concert of this year's I'm Dreaming of a Wright Christmas tour. The band and I are currently in rehearsals developing this year's show to make it our best Christmas show ever, with some new music, state-of-the-art sound, and an amazing lighting system we've never brought to Western Canada before, so news of a sell-out gets our adrenaline pumping and the creative juices flowing even more! See ya soon!"
WATCH MICHELLE ON 'ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CANADA' THIS EVENING, 11/13, AT 7PM ET/PT!
(November 13, 2009) Michelle will be featured on Global TV’s Entertainment Tonight Canada this evening at 7pm ET/PT. Tune in!
MICHELLE'S POEM IN HONOUR OF NICHOLA GODDARD NOW ONLINE!
(November 10, 2009) As you may know, Michelle travelled to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island this past weekend to perform at a November 7th concert there to benefit Light Up Papua New Guinea, a project in honour of Captain Nichola Goddard, the first Canadian female soldier killed in combat since World War II.
Michelle was deeply honoured to appear at this concert: on September 17, 2006, the day that Captain Goddard was killed, Michelle was at the base camp in Kandahar, Afghanistan entertaining the troops, and she attended Captain Goddard's ramp ceremony two days later.
In addition to her musical performances on Saturday night, Michelle surprised the audience by reading a poem written in Captain Goddard's honour (the first poem Michelle has ever written). Talking about the poem on Saturday night, Michelle related, "As a result of this invitation I started to reflect upon my experience of being in a war zone when a soldier serving her country lost her life... and the words just poured out." Michelle presented the manuscript of the poem to Nichola's parents, Tom and Sally Goddard.
If you're interested in reading Captain Nichola Goddard, click here. If you know any one else who might appreciate its heartfelt sentiments on November 11, you’re welcome to share it.
MICHELLE TO 'LIGHT UP' CHARLOTTETOWN NOVEMBER 7!
(November 3, 2009) Michelle, Lennie Gallant, Richard Wood and others will donate their performances at a November 7th concert at the UPEI Field House in Charlottetown, PE to benefit Light Up Papua New Guinea, a project in honour of Captain Nichola Goddard, who was killed in Afghanistan while serving with the Canadian Forces there. Speaking from Nashville, Michelle said, “I am deeply honoured to be performing at this concert.” Michelle was at the base in Kandahar, Afghanistan entertaining the troops on September 17, 2006, the day that Nichola was killed, and she attended Captain Goddard's ramp ceremony two days later. Her moving account of her May 2006 trip to Afghanistan can be read here. Michelle plans a very special surprise for Saturday's concert.
Nichola's parents, Tim and Sally Goddard of Charlottetown, will attend the performance.
A dinner preceding the concert will include a keynote address by CTV News journalist Lisa Laflamme who was imbedded with Nichola's battalion in the weeks preceding her death.
Nichola was born in Papua New Guinea when her parents were CUSO teachers there. The Light Up Papua New Guinea project brings solar lights to rural first aid posts and birthing centres in Papua New Guinea. The concert will begin at 8pm at the Field House at UPEI. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.themontgomerytheatre.com. The dinner begins at 5pm with a reception at MacMillan Hall, UPEI. Tickets are $125 which includes the dinner, the concert, and a T-shirt. Call (902) 569-5665 to purchase dinner tickets or for further information.
NEW CHRISTMAS TOUR DATE ANNOUNCED: RED DEER, AB 12/16
Michelle has added a new date to her upcoming I'm Dreaming of a Wright Christmas Tour 2009. On Wednesday, December 16, Michelle and the boys bring their holiday show to Red Deer for a concert at the Memorial Centre. For more information, visit the tour section of the website.
TORONTO SHOW FOR MICHELLE NOV.14!
Just announced: Michelle will play a full band show in Toronto on Saturday, November 14th, headlining an evening concert at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Michelle's reaction to the news? "I'm excited about this show because the band is sounding especially great right now and we haven't played downtown Toronto since Canada Day 2006 (at the CMT Festival in Sunnyside). See you there!!!" For more information, click here.
WRIGHT READY TO ROCK SMOOTH ROCK!
(August 27, 2009) Mark Gentili of the Kapuskasing Northern Times recently posted an article about Michelle's upcoming September 5 concert in Smooth Rock Falls in northeast Ontario. Read the article here.
2009 CHRISTMAS TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED!
(August 24, 2009) The complete list of concerts for Michelle’s upcoming I’m Dreaming Of A Wright Christmas Tour 2009 has now been posted in the tour section of the website!
Twenty-two concerts are scheduled in nineteen Canadian communities. Beginning in Yorkton, Saskatchewan on November 24, Michelle and the band travel to Vancouver Island before heading east across the Prairies to Winnipeg, Manitoba, with the final Christmas show slated for Carlyle, SK on December 20. One or more additional markets may be added to the tour itinerary in the next few weeks.
Click here for dates and more information about the tour. Ticket onsale dates in each market will be added as they are confirmed.
2009 MIRANDE COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL PHOTOS NOW ONLINE!
(August 14, 2009) Exclusive pictures from Michelle’s performance at the 2009 Mirande Country Music Festival in Mirande, France are now available at the website's photo gallery! The gallery features pics from Michelle’s Saturday evening headline show at Europe’s largest country music festival, as well as many behind the scenes pics. The five-day festival was attended by over 160,000 people this summer, so if you’ve got any fan photos, be sure to send them to Michelle or tag them to her official Facebook and MySpace pages.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICHELLE!
Today, July 1st, is a very special day for Michelle - not only is it Canada Day, but it's also her birthday! If you'd like to send her your birthday wishes, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
. She'd love to hear from you!
SLITHER PRODUCTIONS INTERVIEWS MICHELLE!
Recorded earlier in June with Slither Productions’ Jay Cooper, Michelle talks candidly about her success, life on the road, her favorite artists and much more. Jay (pictured here backstage with Michelle at her June 13 concert in Kingston, ON) asks Michelle some interesting questions - including a few she’s never answered before. The half-hour video is now online in HD. Check it out
MICHELLE WRIGHT OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE NOW ONLINE!
Michelle now has her own official Facebook page! Just launched, Michelle’s Facebook page has lots of neat features, including tour date information, special photos and unlimited play of featured songs. Use your Facebook profile to add your favorite Michelle Wright songs like 'Take It Like A Man', 'Your Love', 'Nobody's Girl' and 'Shut Up And Kiss Me.' You can also upload your fan photos, post messages on Michelle's Wall, dedicate songs to your friends, or 'iLike' Michelle directly from her age. We're just getting this going, so please feel free to send us your suggestions or comments about what you'd like to see on Michelle's page. Be sure to visit the page often as we'll be updating and expanding it regularly.
MICHELLE TO PERFORM AT NASHVILLE’S TIN PAN SOUTH!
For the second straight year, Michelle will be participating in Tin Pan South
in Nashville, Tennessee. Tin Pan South
is America’s largest music festival dedicated to songs and songwriters, and is also a fundraiser for the Nashville Songwriters Association International. Michelle will be performing with other songwriters Lisa McCullum, Lauren Lucas and Michael Logen at The Listening Room on April 4th. For more details, visit Michelle’s Tour Page
MICHELLE TO DEBUT ACOUSTIC TOUR IN APRIL!
For the past few years, many of Michelle's fans have been asking her to do a full acoustic tour: her songs and her voice accompanied mostly by acoustic instruments. We are happy to announce that Michelle has decided to perform some acoustic concerts this year, starting with a run of shows in the Prairie Provinces in April.
The Wright Songs - An acoustic evening with Michelle Wright will feature a comfortable setting on stage each night. Michelle will be joined by her wonderful guitar player, Shaun Bayles, on acoustic guitar, dobro and mandolin (plus he might sneak in a bit of electric guitar here and there), and her brilliant new keyboard player, Clint Parris. Of course the trio will be playing the hits - perhaps with a fresh new arrangement or two thrown in for good measure - but they also plan to go back and play some of the favorites Michelle has not done in a while, and they are going to do some exploring, too, presenting some songs, both old and new, that Michelle has never performed in concert before.
The Wright Songs - An acoustic evening with Michelle Wright - Tour 2009 kicks off in Portage La Prairie on Thursday, April 16 at the William Glesby Centre and continues on through The Pas, Melfort, Nipawin, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Langley. More dates will be added at different times during the year.
KRYSTAAL JOINS MICHELLE ONSTAGE IN MISSISSAUGA AND CHATHAM!
On Friday, December 12, 2008 at The Living Arts Center in Mississauga, and on Thursday, December 18 at the Kiwanis Theatre in Chatham, the group called Krystaal joined Michelle as her special guest.
Krystaal is a trio of brothers who survived the massacre in the Republic of Congo (now known as Zaire). They’ve come from African influence, to refugee camp, to world acclaimed musicians and their story is quite inspiring. They've written about it in a book called Keep On Standing - The Story of Krystaal.
Michelle enjoyed her special concerts with Krystaal. "One of the things that is very important to me is my work with World Vision Canada. I have met some pretty remarkable people through my association with the organization, including the young men in Krystaal. We've been on several World Vision sponsor nights together, and they have accompanied me on my song I Will Be There several times. Their a capella family harmonies are amazing. What a pleasure it has been for me to share the stage with them once again."
MICHELLE VISITS CANADA AM ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 12!
On Friday, December 12, right in the midst of her busy I'm Dreaming of a Wright Christmas Tour 2008 schedule, Michelle paid an early-morning visit to the studios of Canada AM, the nation’s most-watched morning newsmagazine. After a chat with the show’s hosts, Michelle was joined by her band for a live version of one of the songs from her A Wright Christmas CD. Michelle’s segment aired at around 8:45am Eastern Standard Time.
After the show Michelle and the boys taped a couple of more holiday tunes for Canada AM’s Christmas program. Those fans looking for more of the Wright stuff were able to tune in to Canada AM on Christmas morning, too!
Learn more about Michelle's 2008 Christmas tour activities, including her thoughts about her Canada AM appearance, by reading her daily Christmas Tour journal.
ANOTHER GLOWING REVIEW OF A WRIGHT CHRISTMAS
The following review of Michelle's A Wright Christmas appears in the December, 2008 issue of the popular British country magazine, Country Music & Dance in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Here's what the magazine's Gerry Ford had to say:
"This is a 12 song collection that includes some traditional carols, some of Michelle's own favourite holiday standards, one new Christmas song, and new different and effective arrangements to all the songs, all performed with a warm, rich and expressive voice that has earned Michelle recognition as one of Canada's greatest. From the opening piano notes from Gordon Mote then the outstanding vocal, then the bluesy arrangement, you feel the mood is set to relax with a glass of wine and indeed “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” with that song alone. The new Patricia Conroy song “I Know Santa’s Been Here” with its swing arrangement, gentle fiddle (Larry Franklin) and steel guitar (Dan Dugmore), will become a standard in the years to come. Loved the rocking version of “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” which is followed by the laid back “Christmas Song” and “Silent Night”. The album closes with vocal and piano only on “White Christmas” and while you listen, you are waiting for the rest of the musicians to become involved, but then the vocal delivers you to the piano solo and back to the vocal and you realise the arrangement is just “Wright for Michelle”. This CD is now available here in the UK as Proper Music Distribution released this Christmas on November 10. If you only buy one Christmas CD this year then it must be this."
MICHELLE LAUNCHES 2008 CHRISTMAS TOUR JOURNAL!
This year the I'm Dreaming of a Wright Christmas tour visits Ontario, Michelle's home province, for the first time since 2005. Michelle's happy to be playing 16 concerts on her home turf, but what about all those faithful fans and new friends living elsewhere who won't get a chance to see the show this year? Solution: Michelle's keeping a Tour Journal and sharing her day-to-day experiences while preparing for the tour and when she's out on the road. Keep in touch with Michelle's Christmas adventures by visiting her website Journal page or simply click here. And don't forget to leave Michelle a comment or two when you stop by!
MAVERICK MAGAZINE: A WRIGHT CHRISTMAS IS 'IDEAL CHRISTMAS ALBUM'
Michelle’s Christmas CD receives a Four Star rating in the December/08 issue of Maverick Magazine, one of the United Kingdom's top country music publications. Reviewer Dave Knowles calls A Wright Christmas his “ideal Christmas album.”
Read the complete review here.
For the first time ever, A Wright Christmas is now available at stores in Europe (starting November 10 in the United Kingdom, November 17 in Scandinavia and November 28 in the Benelux territories and Germany).
CMR NASHVILLE FEATURES MICHELLE WRIGHT RADIO SPECIAL OCTOBER 25, 27 AND 28
CMR Nashville, Europe's Hottest 24/7 Country Music Radio Service, will present a one hour Michelle Wright radio special at various times over the course of the next few days. Featuring an exclusive interview with Michelle taped by host Lee Williams during his visit to Nashville for the CMA Music Festival last June, the special will air on CMR Nashville this Saturday, October 25, at 12 noon UK time, next Monday at 12 noon, 6pm and midnight, and at 6am on Tuesday morning. (North American listeners should remember that 12 noon in Britain equates to 6am in Nashville.) Go to the CMR Nashville website, then follow the easy instructions on CMR Nashville's home page to listen on line or using your preferred media player. Enjoy!
NEW CHRISTMAS TOUR DATE ADDED!
Michelle brings her I'm Dreaming of a Wright Christmas Tour 2008 to the Kings Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene, Ontario on Tuesday, December 16th. For more information, visit the Tour page.
BRIAN FERRIMAN INDUCTED INTO CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
Brian Ferriman, Canadian country music record label entrepreneur and artist manager, is the Canadian Country Music Association's 2008 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee in the Builder category. Ferriman was formally inducted into the Hall of Fame this past Sunday evening, September, 2008, before a star-studded SRO audience at a gala banquet held during this year's Country Music Week festivities in Winnipeg, Manitoba. [read more]
MICHELLE PARTICIPATES IN 2008 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC WEEK!
Canadian Country Music Week 2008 takes place in Winnipeg, Manitoba from Friday, September 5 through Monday, September 8. This year Michelle's manager of 23 years, Brian Ferriman, is being inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame as an Industry Builder and Michelle has the privilege of doing the induction.
Michelle's public Canadian Country Music Week schedule includes a 12 noon appearance on Saturday at the Forks for FanFest 2008 with Jessie Farrell, Gord Bamford and Jaydee
Bixby. At the annual Gala Banquet on Sunday evening, Michelle inducts Brian into the CCMA Hall of Fame. As Michelle says, "What a celebration that will be!"
The final event of the Week is the Canadian Country Music Awards Show, which takes place on Monday, September 8 and is televised across Canada on CBC at 8:00pm. Michelle is a presenter on the show and she's looking forward to being there. She asks all her fans to please tune in to the telecast and join host Terri Clark in honouring all the great Canadian country music of the past year. Oh, and one last thing.... don't forget to wave to Michelle :)
OFFICIAL RSS FEED NOW AVAILABLE!
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, which allows you to receive updates about Michelle's news and tour dates as soon as they are available. For more information, click here.
MAVERICK MAGAZINE PRAISES EVERYTHING AND MORE!
Maverick Magazine, one of the United Kingdom's top country music magazines, gives Michelle's Everything And More CD a Five Star Top Rating in its May/08 issue!
Everything And More has just been released around the world outside of Canada.
To read the Maverick review, click here.
MICHELLE TO PERFORM AT CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL!
Music City residents and visitors alike have a rare springtime opportunity to catch Michelle in concert during this year’s CMA Music Festival when she performs on the Chevy Stage at the Sommet Center Plaza on Friday, June 6 at 12:30pm.
Michelle is excited about this show: “I love playing the CMA Music Festival. Fans come from around the world to enjoy the music. It’s one big four-day celebration of country music. Come join me,” she says. “We’re gonna have us some fun!”
The CMA Music Festival is just around the corner, June 5-8, 2008 in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, check out Michelle’s website tour page, visit the 2008 CMA Music Festival website, or call 1-800-CMA-FEST.
EVERYTHING AND MORE CD NOW AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE!
Michelle's current CD, Everything And More, is now available around the world on the Savannah Music label. The 12-song collection of all new material, which previously had been released only in Canada, is immediately available to every computer-friendly soul everywhere via Wright's website store, plus all the usual digital download sites (including iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, eMusic, and WalMart.com) and Amazon.com, and, as of September 29, 2008, Everything And More also will be available in some stores in the United Kingdom with physical product to be available in the rest of the European Union soon thereafter.
The first international focus track is the title song, Everything And More, which was co-written by Michelle, Patricia Conroy, and Gerald O'Brien. In the song, the husky-voiced singer expresses what is truly important in life and how sometimes we don't realize just how good we have it. The idea was inspired by Michelle’s trips to Zambia and Honduras for World Vision Canada. As she explains, “My involvement with World Vision has had a life changing effect on me. I have traveled to Africa as well as Honduras and seen what life looks like when families are really struggling just to survive day to day. I wasn't sure how I was going to communicate this in my songwriting, but I knew that it would eventually surface and it did for me in this song. I have come to appreciate on a much deeper level how fortunate I am and how I have all that I will ever need. Everything and more.”
Filmed on the streets of Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and featuring some spectacular night performance footage shot in the city’s downtown Dundas Square, the video for Everything And More was directed by Warren Sonoda for TwoThreeFive Films.
Like her Christmas album, A Wright Christmas, Wright’s Everything And More CD was produced by the Nashville production team of Russ Zavitson and Tony Haselden. Not only have Russ and Tony been friends and music business partners for eighteen years, they also enjoy a special connection with Michelle: Tony wrote her breakthrough hit, Take It Like A Man, and Russ was the publisher responsible for pitching that song to Michelle.
If you live outside of Canada and would like to hear Michelle’s new music on country-formatted radio stations or shows featuring country music, you can help. Simply call or email your local station or program hosts and ask them to play Everything And More. And don’t forget to tell your friends about Michelle’s new music, too!
MICHELLE WELCOMES TWINS TO FAMILY!
Michelle and Marco recently gained two new additions to their household - twin brother and sister Persian Siamese kittens weighing 2 1/2 pounds each. While Michelle was out on her recent Christmas tour, Monica, her mom, rescued the twins from who knows where, and Marco agreed that they should be added to the family. Everyone decided to wait until Michelle got home from the tour before naming the kitties. Now we can tell you that their names are officially Castor and Pollux.
According to Wikipedia, Castor is from the Greek for 'he who excels' while Pollux means 'very sweet'. Michelle says the names are perfect: "Castor is the brave explorer. He was found first. Pollux is really sweet. The two of them are just so curious, cuddly and affectionate. It's been a special Christmas vacation around our house this year!"
Michelle and Marco's new kitties, Castor (the short haired one) and Pollux (the longhair).
To see a short video of Castor and Pollux, click here.
MICHELLE RELEASES CHRISTMAS CD, SINGLE AND VIDEO IN THE UNITED STATES!
Michelle's first album of Christmas music, A Wright Christmas, is now available in the United States.
Produced by Tony Haselden (the writer of Michelle's biggest American hit, Take It Like A Man) and his production partner, Russ Zavitson, A Wright Christmas is a joyous twelve-song collection of eleven holiday standards and one original composition. A Wright Christmas includes stunning interpretations of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Joy To The World, Mel Torme's classic Christmas Song, and Irving Berlin's timeless White Christmas; fresh arrangements of Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful and Winter Wonderland; the uptempo favorites, Jingle Bell Rock and Go Tell It On The Mountain; a funky Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer; and a reggae version of Little Drummer Boy. Michelle's good friend Patricia Conroy contributed a new song to the project, the bouncy holiday swing tune I Know Santa's Been Here, which has been released as a single to every American country radio station.
Look for A Wright Christmas at Michelle's website store and at all the usual digital download sites as well.
For more information about A Wright Christmas, click here.
To listen to all the songs on A Wright Christmas in their entirety, click here.
To watch the video of I Know Santa's Been Here, click here.
To purchase A Wright Christmas, click here.
WELCOME TO MICHELLE'S NEW WEBSITE!
Thanks for visiting Michelle's new website! Many new features are available here, such as Michelle's travel journals, photos, album info, and much more. Also available to watch for the first time ever is Michelle's ENTIRE VIDEO CATALOG!
Be sure to check back for new updates and features in the coming weeks.
NEW CANADIAN SINGLE FOR MICHELLE: I Don't Wanna Be That Strong
Icon Records has just released I Don’t Wanna Be That Strong, Michelle’s new Canadian single from her Everything And More CD.
One of her favorite songs from the album, here’s what Michelle has to say about I Don’t Wanna Be That Strong: “This song for me harkens back to my early country influences. Merle Haggard. Tammy Wynette. It’s simply a great country song. I like the narrator’s admission of her vulnerability: for those of us that have had to deal with a broken heart over the loss of a relationship that didn’t work out, it’s hard to be strong and put up a front like you’re doing fine when really you’re shattered. In this song the relationship hasn’t come to an end yet, but the woman realizes that she may have to be strong and move on - even though the thought of that is just so painful and the leaving would require great strength. But she knows she has the strength and has proven it to herself in the past. Still, maybe it’s easier to stay rather than go through the break-up and all the emotions that accompany it.
Written by my good buddy, Tony Haselden, and Tim Mensy. Tony, of course, wrote Take It Like A Man for me and co-produced Everything And More.”
I Don’t Wanna Be That Strong is a great traditional country song. Check out Michelle’s awesome phrasing at the very end of the final chorus!
And remember, if you want to hear this song on your favorite Canadian country station… don’t forget to call and request it!
MICHELLE AND KIM POSSIBLE WORK TOGETHER ON YOU TUBE!
Check out this cool YouTube clip, featuring Michelle singing 'Your Love' along with video footage from Disney Channel's Kim Possible kids' cartoon show!
The resulting video won the RS.net July 2006 Kim Possible Fandom Video Contest under the shippy theme (whatever that means).
Watch the video now!
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