Michelle Featherstone is a British singer-songwriter currently residing in the United States. Born in Chester, England, and raised in Cambridge, England, Featherstone now resides in Hollywood, California. She began studying piano and composing original music at the age of nine. She has received awards from the Royal Academy of Music for piano and violin and the Bishops Award for voice.
Featherstone didn't initially intend to pursue a career in music. As an Art History major and Anthropology minor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in West Chester, Pennsylvania, she was Destined to work in Museum curation. She moved back to Europe and worked for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Venice Italy. Here she also worked on the American Pavilion for the Venice Biennale and as a liaison for visiting artists from White Cube gallery in London. Through her work with the Guggenheim she found herself managing the Walt Disney-Tishman Collection of African Art in Glendale, CA.
After about 18 months at Disney's Imagineering arm, Featherstone decided that "corporate America" wasn't for her and made the decision to reconnect with her musical roots while working as a waitress in Southern California. Indeed, it was during one of her waitress jobs that she just happened to play a few original songs on the piano while the scheduled performers were on a break, that the audience's reaction was so overwhelmingly positive that she realized that music was something that she needed to seriously pursue.
Management came quickly after, with Mark Volman of the 'Turtles' and Michelle began playing the Los Angeles singer songwriter circuit regularly.
Her songs have garnered attention in both film and television over the past few years. To date, Michelle's music has been featured on every major U.S. network and has served to enhance the drama on such shows as Grey's Anatomy, Las Vegas, One Tree Hill, Smallville, Ghost Whisperer and Parenthood as well as document the real-life trials on MTV's The Hills, The City and ABC's America's Funniest Videos Not limited to the small screen, Michelle's music has also been featured in several films, including "Sherrybaby," "Bully," and Disney's "Bridge To Terabithia", "Peaceful Warrior" and "Captivity"
Her voice has also lent itself to Trailers, most noticeably for the rendition of 'Leaving on a jet plane' for the movie "7500." She continues to work as a session singer for commercials and various other projects.
In 2007 she signed to Windswept Pacific/Bug/BMG for her first publishing deal. She has had cuts with Scandinavian artist Teitur and French artist Nolwenn Leroy and has written for and with artists and writers from Nashville, LA and London.
Michelle Featherstone is married to Writer/Director Zach Helm. They have one daughter together.
Use in other media
- How I Met Your Mother featured Featherstone's God Bless the Child in the 18th episode of season 1, Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M. and her song Careful was in the 23rd episode of season 4, As Fast As She Can.
- One Tree Hill (The CW) has used Michelle Featherstone's music in a number of episodes, including:
- "Stay" (Season 1, Episode 21)
- "Looking For Love" (Season 2, Episode 15)
- "Back of the Church" (Season 2, Episode 17)
- "Sunday" (Season 3, Episode 2)
- "Go On My Child" (Season 3, Episode 14)
- "God Bless the Child" (Season 3, Episode 16)
- "Coffee & Cigarettes" (Season 3, Episode 21)
- "We Are Man and Wife" (Season 3, Episode 22) – performed by Featherstone in the episode
- "Looking for Love" (Season 5, Episode 6)
- "Running Down" (Season 6, Episode 5)
- Smallville used "Perfect" in the 7th season finale "Arctic" and "Cancelling Christmas" in episode "Gemini".
- Canon used "We are Man and Wife" in a 2007 television commercial.
- Alias used "Stay" in season two, episode four--'Dead Drop'.
- The Hills Featured 'Stay' in Season 2 of the hit MTV Series.
Full placement list TV Placements ABC Alias - season 2, #4 "Stay" ABC Grey’s Anatomy -season 3, #311 Rest of my life ABC Family Three Moons over milford #1 108 I will be Fine
NBC Las Vegas #2 Premier All that I want NBC Las Vegas #2 201 Summertime NBC Las Vegas #3 311 Gone for Good NBC Las Vegas #5 510 Today NBC Las Vegas #5 5dvd Faces NBC Knight Rider #1 Good to be alive NBC ‘Upfronts’ 2005 I’m there too NBC ‘Upfronts’ 2005 Sweet Baby NBC Inconceivable #1 Promo Sweet Baby NBC Inconceivable #1 Premier Sweet Baby NBC Inconceivable #1 3 How Can you NBC Inconceivable #1 3 Stay NBC Biggest Loser Go on my Child
WB Smallville #3 7 Over You WB Smallville Canceling Christmas WB Summerlands #1 Premier I’m there too WB Summerlands #1 012 I will be fine WB One Tree Hill Stay WB One Tree Hill Looking for Love WB One Tree Hill Back of the Church WB One Tree Hill Sunday WB One Tree Hill Go on my Child WB One Tree Hill God bless the child WB One Tree Hill Coffee and Cigarettes WB One Tree Hill Man and Wife CBS How I met your mother #1 DVD God Bless the Child CBS How I met your mother Careful
CBS Ghost Whisperer #2 212 I’m there too CBS Ghost Whisperer #3 301 I Said
LIFETIME Why I wore lipstick to my mastectomy Movie Tomorrow
MTV The Hills #2 It’s My Mistake MTV The Hills #2 How Can You MTV The Hills #2 Stay MTV The Hills #3 Tomorrow MTV The Hills #3 I will Overcome MTV The Hills #5 You're not alone MTV The Hills #5 Escape MTV The Hills #5 You don’t see me anymore MTV The City #1 Careful MTV The City #1 10 Stories down
FOX Wonderfalls #1 104 Stay FOX "So you think you can dance" I'm there too FOODNETWORK – Rachel Ray Show Man and Wife
Film: Bridge to Terabithia Disney Mind wide open Captivity Lionsgate I will Overcome
One Tree Hill(Vol 2) Maverick Records Coffee and Cigarette Peaceful Warrior Lakeshore Records I’m there too Sherry Baby Lakeshore Records Bully Bridge to Terabithia Disney Mind wide open
Onscreen Performance: One Tree Hill Season Finale Man and Wife