(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.”