Michelle Held
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Michelle Held

Detroit, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | AFTRA

Detroit, Michigan, United States | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2013
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter

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"SeMi Bluegrass"

"The night started off with an unexpected surprise as Detroit area singer/songwriter Michelle Held took the stage. She is a writer with the great gift of telling heartbreaking and jarring tales in an honest and open delivery. “Fearless" is what my friend called her performance, and it was eternally fitting of this night. I've always said it takes great courage to step on a stage to sing and play for strangers. Harder yet is to sing deeply personal, sometimes uncomfortable songs, while playing guitar and connecting with the audience. On this night, the pure poetry of her words, perfectly enhanced by her splendid uniqueness of the soprano tremolo in her voice, carried the crowd on a raw and emotional journey and moved them to enthusiastic applause after every song. She even put melody to a friend's lyrics (poet Hala Dika) in one of the nights most touching moments. This was everything that pure singer/songwriting is supposed to be about, and it was spectacular.” - John Bayerl


"Detroit Metro Times"

"Held plays gentle folk with oft scathing lyrics. It’s her voice that adds the X-factor; that little bit of welcome strange." - Brett Callwood


"No Depression"

“One of the excellent performers in Sunday's Kansas City Folk Festival, along with blues great Bobby Rush, Latin star Ani Cordero with her captivating songs, keynote Billy Bragg, and others. I missed these performers due to the Music Camp. However, I briefly met Michelle and discovered her unique voice and compelling lyrics later, in the process of trying to catch up on some of the artists through video.” - Ron Wray


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Still working on that hot first release.

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With a distinctive and soulful voice that captivates, complemented by a poignant and thought-provoking lyrical world, Michelle is establishing herself as a force in the next generation of poets and singer-songwriters. She earned National Honorable Mention recognition in Telluride Bluegrass Festival's "Telluride Troubadour Contest" consecutively in 2018 and 2019. Brett Callwood of Detroit Metro Times wrote, "Held plays gentle folk with oft scathing lyrics. It's her voice that adds the X-Factor;  that little bit of welcome strange," and Amy Speace wrote, "You bring true spirit to a shaking place with a voice we have not heard in a long, long time." Performing regularly since 2013 and welcomed on renowned stages, such as Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe, Kansas City Folk Festival and The Ark, Michelle has been building a repertoire of original work and is preparing to record her debut album, so stay tuned. 

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