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(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, visithttp://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!

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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, visitwww.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.

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(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.

Merry Christmas!

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(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 atwww.nashvillefilmfestival.org beginning Thursday, April 7.

Click here to watch the video. More information about the 2011 Nashville Film Festival is available here.

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(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!

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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

 

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(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’swebsite store now. At present, U.S. sales will be online only.

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