Exclusive Interview with Michelle Shafer

How would you describe your musical style?   

Eclectic Indie chamber folk/rock

Who were some of your music influences that inspired your passion for songwriting? 

Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Bowie, Kate Bush, Fleetwood Mac, Chrissie Hynde  and  Hildegard of Bingen

What would you like your fans to take away from your songs?

 I would like them to feel uplifted, inspired and not alone. I hope my music touches their hearts and lifts their vibration.

Describe the most exciting highlight of your music career. 

Watching my last release Season of Light I cowrote with David Kowal added to more than 300 playlists on Spotify included one curated by the Pentatonics!

What is the best concert you have ever attended? 

So many good ones!!!  Elvis Costello  London in 1984 or Andrew Bird at one of his residency concerts the Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago with My Brightest Diamond.

What are you currently working on right now?

Sussing out the order of  tracks for my Scatter Light an eleven song project I’m releasing this summer.  Also  recording ,Last Time, that I rushed through me when I got the news my father had passed along with several other tracks. Working on a music video for Into the Silence another track from Scattered Light thats almost done filming.

 Is there a song you have written and released that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?  

Never Blue, from my Love Forever release. I love how I ended up writing it. Becareful what you say to me as it can end up in a song. At the Balitmore American Craft Show one February, some ladies were in our very colorful booth of mobiles and jewelry we make. One mentioned ” she used all the colors in her house “but never blue”. I stood there dumb struck like I drank the cool-aid saying to myself, all the colors never blue several times. The song was written that May. It’s uplifting and dreamy with layered guitars and vocals. (Sorry not short!)

How have you evolved as a songwriter over the last 2 years during these challenging times? 

The lock down gave me time to write and experiment along a new perspective like so many. I spent hours turning myself into a choir on several tracks composing the arrangements without my producer, Brian Leach whom I’ve worked with since 2013. I wrote songs from props in a female song writer circle which was a new and inspiring. The big challenge in the end wasn’t Covid but a cancer diagnosis of a skull based which has changed my inner landscape acting as a deepening and has opened a new chapter in my creative life.

If you could co-write a song with one of today’s biggest songwriters, who would that be? 

Andrew Bird

What are your future plans for you as an artist/songwriter…what do you hope to accomplish?

To continue to write, record music and have it actually listened to so it can touch  as many people’s hearts and souls. I’m planning on working on a project with David Kowal with the same jazz feel as Season of Light. My big dream to have an out door concert somewhere in Europe in an ancient out door theater in the round with a small orchestra, choir and band.

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