Michelle Schmitt

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Michelle Schmitt
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Background information
Genres Americana, folk rock, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, producer and recording studio owner
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Labels Harrison Street Records
Pine Mountain Studio
Lilysong Records
Website www.michelleschmitt.com

Michelle Schmitt (born in Detroit, Michigan) is a singer-songwriter living and working in San Francisco, California.

Career[edit]

Schmitt began playing guitar and writing songs when she was 12 years old. She moved to San Francisco in 1977. Gifted with a soulful voice, the ability to express her feelings through her heartfelt songwriting and a talented band, Michelle delivers songs that stand the test of time. A modern 70’s vibe best describes her sound, beautiful harmonies, strong, honest and intelligent lyrics. Growing up in Detroit, Michelle was exposed to great music and credits artists like Joni Mitchell, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Carole King, Eva Cassidy, Bonnie Raitt, Buffe St. Marie and Emmylou Harris for her inspiration. In 2005 Michelle was invited to contribute a song on a record featuring six Grammy winners and two Rock & Roll Hall of Famers (including Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Loggins, Bill Medley, Roseanne Cash, Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Beth Neilsen Chapman and Mike & the Mechanics). Michelle worked at Sound Management in San Jose, California in the early 2000s before opening Lilysong Records in Marin County.[1] In 2006, Michelle opened the doors to her state of the art San Francisco studio, Harrison Street Records, and opened Pine Mountain Studio (both designed by the renowned studio designer, Wes Lachot) in Alexander Valley in 2008. In 2015 Michelle purchased a new Sausalito location to spend more time doing what she loves; songwriting. Michelle is committed to giving back what has so generously been given to her and records for and performs at numerous benefit concerts, helping organizations that assist homeless adults and youth in San Francisco and Marin County, the LGBT communities both in San Francisco & Marin County, Meals on Wheels SF, ExtraFood.org, SF/Marin Food Bank, Shanti Project in San Francisco, Anti-Bullying organizations and various youth drug prevention programs.[2] 100% of all proceeds of Michelle's music goes to causes that she cares about.[3] Michelle produces & arranges her own records and also works and co-produces music with her friend and music partner, Ricky Fataar [4] and writes with her friend Bonnie Hayes on projects as well. Schmitt has worked with musicians from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Paris and all over the Bay Area. Her band has included Ricky Fataar, George Marinelli, Marc Levine, Michael Bluestein, Michael Spriggs and Billy Shaddox, and now consists of Lewis Patzner, Jeremy Lyon, Mike Pinette Graham Patzner, Anton Patzner, Papa Bear and Trevor Bahnson. She goes to Paris to perform annually.

Benefit concerts[edit]

Schmitt and her band also do a benefit concert every December in San Francisco and Marin County to raise money for the hungry in those communities. The recipient of the concert is an organization near and dear to her heart, ExtraFood.org in Marin County.[5]

In 2019, Schmitt will perform at English Saint Eustache, one of only two churches in Paris that honored the lives of men and women that died of AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s. The cathedral opened and welcomed people who needed help. They started a large soup kitchen back then that is still a refuge for the homeless and people in need today. 100% of the proceeds of that concert and Michelle's 2018 record "St. Mary's", which is in production now, will go to this cause.[6]

Discography[edit]

Fearless Hearts (2004)[edit]

Label: Hoffman Institute Foundation, Marin County, California

Track List[edit]

  1. Happy Girl
  2. Fearless Love
  3. I’ll Be Here With You Til Then
  4. The Rose (Michelle is featured)
  5. The Bus Ride
  6. There Isn’t Any Word For Love
  7. You Won’t Be There
  8. Conviction Of The Heart
  9. September When It Comes
  10. I Know Love Is All I Need

Faith, Love and Detroit (2004)[edit]

Label: Red Rooster Studio, Berkeley California

Track List[edit]

  1. Promises
  2. Don’t Worry
  3. The Rose
  4. Motoring
  5. Lord, is it Mine?
  6. Clear Eyes, Clear Heart
  7. Devil in his Pants
  8. You Say
  9. Stairway to Heaven
  10. Somebody to Love
  11. Did I Give You Everything You Need?

Promises (2005)[edit]

Label: Lilysong Records

Track List[edit]

  1. Promises
  2. Way Up in Heaven
  3. As I Hold You in My heart
  4. What Do I Do?
  5. Clear Eyes, Clear Heart
  6. Hey Maybe
  7. I think
  8. For You
  9. I Have Found Everything In You

Home (2007)[edit]

Label: Harrison Street Records

Track List[edit]

  1. Lying In This Bed
  2. Home
  3. You’re the one I Love
  4. Start All Over
  5. Tears
  6. Heidi’s Song
  7. Missing
  8. I Hope God Is Listening
  9. Holding On Tight
  10. You can’t break My Heart

Another Winter (2008)[edit]

Label: Harrison Street Records

Track List[edit]

  1. Where To Turn
  2. Morning Light
  3. These Little Pills
  4. I see You
  5. Tonight
  6. We’re Both Trying
  7. Your Words
  8. You’ll Know
  9. Shadows
  10. Another Winter
  11. As You Sleep

Christmas on Pine Mountain (2009)[edit]

Label: Harrison Street Records

Track List[edit]

  1. By The Fire
  2. Song For a Winter’s Night
  3. A Lonely Christmas Night
  4. Winter Song
  5. Breath of Heaven
  6. I Believe In Love
  7. What Child Is This
  8. Don’t Let Go of Me
  9. The First Noel
  10. Maybe This Christmas
  11. Angels In Trees
  12. Christmas In Killarney
  13. Pine Mountain Lullaby

Being Here (2010)[edit]

Label: Harrison Street Records

Track List[edit]

  1. Being Here
  2. Love
  3. Tumblin’ Down
  4. Can’t Live Without You
  5. Pretty Words
  6. We Keep Missing Each Other
  7. Trying Too Hard
  8. Anywhere With You
  9. If I knew
  10. Hurricane
  11. Are You Still There

Covering Life (2011)[edit]

Label: Harrison Street Records

Track List[edit]

  1. Fall Apart Again
  2. Love Hurst
  3. Goodbye
  4. Helplessly Hoping
  5. Until I Die
  6. Long Ride Home
  7. Circle Game
  8. I Want You Back
  9. Love Ain't For Keeping
  10. State Of Mind

Late Tonight (2012)[edit]

Label: Harrison Street Records

Track List[edit]

  1. Late Tonight
  2. Let Go
  3. More For You
  4. Paris
  5. Knowing You
  6. Looking Out
  7. Nothing
  8. Still Called Love
  9. Settled
  10. Time Is Speaking

Messages (2013)[edit]

Label: Harrison Street Records

Track List[edit]

  1. Messages
  2. Before It Breaks
  3. Portrait
  4. Falling Forward
  5. Last Night of the Year
  6. Life for Me
  7. Running
  8. Don't Want To
  9. Gone
  10. This Too Shall Pass
  11. Tread Softly
  12. When I Get Up

To Remember You (2014)[edit]

Label: Harrison Street Records

Track List[edit]

  1. Christmas Eve
  2. Calling On Mary
  3. I Heard The Bells
  4. River
  5. Green Grows The Holly
  6. Under A Beautiful Moon
  7. Memories
  8. The Heartache Can Wait
  9. Silent Night
  10. To Remember You
  11. Run Run Rudolph

Another Christmas Story(2015)[edit]

Label: Harrison Street Records

Track List[edit]

  1. Mistletoe
  2. Midnight Clear
  3. Love Is Christmas
  4. With Me
  5. Another Christmas Story
  6. St. Germain
  7. A Change At Christmas
  8. Christmas for Two
  9. I'll Be Home for Christmas
  10. Silent Night, Holy Night
  11. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  12. Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
  13. Season of My Memory
  14. Do You Remember?

Detroit Girl (2016)[edit]

Label: Harrison Street Records

Track List[edit]

  1. I Can’t Stand the Rain
  2. Some Kind of Wonderful
  3. Let It Rock
  4. I Can Only Give You Everything
  5. Not a Love Song
  6. Talking in Your Sleep
  7. In the Cold Cold Night
  8. Hula Hoop
  9. Harvest for the World
  10. Detroit City

San Francisco AM Sessions (2016)[edit]

Label: Harrison Street Records

Track List[edit]

  1. Morning Light
  2. You're the One I Love
  3. You Can't Break My Heart
  4. I See You
  5. Tread Softly
  6. As You Sleep
  7. Nothing
  8. Pretty Words
  9. Tears
  10. Tonight
  11. Another Winter

San Francisco PM Sessions (2016)[edit]

Label: Harrison Street Records

Track List[edit]

  1. Being Here
  2. Tumblin' Down
  3. Late Tonight
  4. Home
  5. Your Words
  6. Trying Too Hard
  7. Hula Hoop
  8. Love
  9. Running
  10. These Little Pills
  11. Detroit City

Christmas Gifts (2016)[edit]

Label: Harrison Street Records

Track List[edit]

  1. At Christmas Time
  2. 2000 Miles
  3. Something About December
  4. It Really Is a Wonderful Life
  5. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
  6. Hey Guys, It's Christmas Time
  7. Christmas Gifts
  8. Finally Home
  9. Only You
  10. Papa Noel

Joy (2017)[edit]

Label: Harrison Street Records

Track List[edit]

  1. All I want For Christmas Is You
  2. I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day
  3. All the Pretty Little Horses
  4. Mistletoe
  5. Everything Is Cool
  6. Christmas Without You
  7. Shimmy Down the Chimney
  8. Our Lullaby
  9. Joy

Christmas Stories (2018)[edit]

Label: Harrison Street Records

Track List[edit]

  1. Do You Remember?
  2. By the Fire
  3. I Believe in Love
  4. With Me
  5. Under a Beautiful Moon
  6. St. Germain
  7. To Remember You
  8. Memories
  9. Christmas Eve
  10. Don't Let Go of Me
  11. Pine Mountain Lullaby

St Mary's (2018)[edit]

Label: Harrison Street Records

Track List[edit]

  1. Here We Go Again
  2. Before I Die
  3. St. Mary's
  4. Loud Women
  5. The Eye
  6. Dignity
  7. What Good Husbands Do
  8. Note To Me
  9. Want Me Happy
  10. Tossed and Tangled
  11. Catch Me
  12. We Don't Leave Anyone Behind

Personal life[edit]

Michelle lives in Marin County, California and has been married to Henry Schmitt since 1984. She has two sons, Eric (born 1987) and Alexander (born 1988). She also has a daughter-in-law, Kim Schmitt, married to Eric and a granddaughter (born 2015) as well as a son-in-law, Todd Stallings-Schmitt, married to Alex.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mom finds second life singing - Marinscope Community Newspapers : News". Marinscope.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  2. ^ Lynn, Cari (2013-11-13). "Feeding the soul and stomach - Marinscope Community Newspapers : Lifestyles Entertainment". Marinscope.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  3. ^ Lynn, Cari (2012-12-12). "Local musician feeds hunger with rockin' soul - Marinscope Community Newspapers : Lifestyles Entertainment". Marinscope.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  4. ^ LoniStark. "TV: Singer-Songwriter Michelle Schmitt (VIDEO)". Stark Insider. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  5. ^ "A little 'extra' benefit". Pacific Sun. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  6. ^ "Q&A With Michelle Schmitt". Marin Magazine. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 

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