Positive Music and Music Videos
Music That Inspires
When Michelle was a professor, her students used to line up outside her office to ask for her advice. She always told them to follow their hearts. One afternoon as she watched yet another relieved face disappear out her office door, she realized she wasn’t following her own heart.
What did she really want to do when she grew up? Sing in a rock band! She’d only written a handful of songs, but she knew that if she didn’t take the risk then, she never would. Her songs been on the charts and, more importantly, inspired thousands of people to follow their hearts, too.
Her positive music can help you move through challenging situations, let go of the past, discover your unique talents, create new opportunities, and celebrate life.
Airplay and Awards
Michelle’s had top 10 and 20 radio singles in South Africa and the UK; a #1 hit on US college radio; seven songs featured on ABC, HBO, Encore, and Showtime; and won 17 International Songwriting Billboard awards. She’s twice been a finalist for “Best International Artist” (The MusicOz Awards) in Australia.
In local Northern California, her music has aired on ALICE, KPIG, KZSC, KSCU, KAZU, and the TV show Voice of the Valley.
Online presence includes Women of Substance Radio (Featured Artist), Hay House Radio, Spotify, Radio 365, Yahoo Music, Positive Music Radio, One Vibration Radio, Change.Org, WomenUnite, The New Musical Express (UK), MusicOz Awards (AUS), Amazon, CD Baby, and iTunes.
Michelle has released 7 CDs in folk/pop/country, as well as a meditation CD. Just under 5 feet tall, the petite singer has a strong and dynamic voice, and compelling message for our times. Her songs are catchy and inspirational.
Positive Music Videos
“No Place like Home”, off the CD “Shake it Up”, was featured in Change Org (2010) and Science of Mind Magazine (2011); the accompanying music video raised donations for homeless organizations from Atlanta to San Jose. It was used to promote World Homeless Day in 2010 by the World Homeless Organization in Ireland.
Chappel’s song “No Place Like Home”, off of the CD “Shake it Up” placed third in Billboard’s World Song Contest in the Americana/Folk category competing against over 20,000 entries (2008).
“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”, off of “Shake it Up”, is currently playing on Positive Music Radio..
Folk music has always been a beacon of hope for the troubled, with poets like Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen echoing the tribulations of a wretched generation. Michelle Chappel continues the mission to speak for the people and send out a message of hope to an economically derailed society.
The songwriting (SHINE) is strong and Michelle has a fantastic sound that occasionally reminds me of Lucinda Williams whom I used to go hear at bars in Austin before she became a star.
The CD “Shake it Up” was offered a distribution deal by Savvy Muzik, Sydney Australia in 2011.
Chappel warbles impassioned alternative rock singles with enticing vocals, radio-friendly hooks, and a catchy, quirky sound inhabiting the admittedly yawning chasm between Alanis Morissette and Ani DiFranco. – The East Bay ExpressNow she’s an acclaimed songwriter putting out some cool and unusual guitar rock like the Alanis-meets-rockabilly number ‘Kill Me Dead.
Chappel’s song “You Won’t See Me Cry” from her CD “Shine” was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter category competing against over 15,000 entries from over 100 countries (2008).
All of it—the creative impulse, the concern for others, the agency to act on that concern—is par for the course for Chappel who(se) songs send messages of uplift.
Chappel’s music is often rollicking and upbeat and meant to serve as a kind of shot in the arm to her listeners… It’s all part of her Herculean effort to kick-start people’s own ingenuity to make their lives better.