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Judge for Michelle Holder

Chattanooga, TN
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Portrait of Michelle Holder
Michelle Holder’s voice has been described as a cross between Stevie Nicks and Lorrie Morgan. It is at times, sultry and strong, but there lies underneath a vulnerability that comes through on cuts like “Hurtin’ and Blue” and “In Another Life.”

Her debut Album, “Heartfelt” features songs which deal with heartache, reconciliation, and missed opportunities. The thought provoking lyrics make you care about the music and may, at times surprise you. The album is laced with hard-hitting country tracks like “Good Time” and “Big Change.” The arrangements are full, with strong guitar and keyboard work from session men Phil Palma and Tony Cooper. “Heartfelt” stays true to its name with tender, ballads like “Who Am I” and David Gray’s “This Year’s Love.” The catchy toe-tapping track “Love Until” is a duet with Brian Minshew. It gets in your head and you’ll find yourself humming it at work. The album was recorded over the winter and early spring of 2004 and was produced by Michael “Goose” Goodrich at Wildbean Studio in Macon Georgia.

Since she was six years old, standing in front of a mirror with a hairbrush as her microphone, Michelle has wanted to sing. From elementary school through high school, she entered every talent show she could and placed in almost all of them. She sang at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville and was the 1996 Tennessee State karaoke champion. She has developed a local following by performing live nightly at the Station House in Chattanooga Tennessee for many years and has appeared on the Musical Moose’s “Gone With The Moose” and Carter Larson’s “Crush Of A Lie.” This album represents her first serious endeavor into the country genre and hopefully will carry her voice to a larger audience

Michelle says, “I am inspired by God’s presence.” Music is very important to m
When I’m singing or just listening to songs, I feel a Devine connection that seems to complete me and give me strength at the same time; a rejuvenation of sorts. It is my hope that “Heartfelt” will touch and rejuvenate you because it also came from the heart