Michelle Chenard is a veteran singer/songwriter who has been continually voted a favorite in Northern Michigan as Best Solo Performer, Best of the Best and more in Northern Express, Northern Michigan’s largest newsweekly. She released her first music video, Blade with critical acclaim and to a packed house at City Park Grill, a well known music venue in Petoskey, Michigan in the spring of 2012. 2012 was a good year for Michelle as she scored a Michigan Emmy® Award for musical score on the TV documentary Sacrifice and Honor: A Tribute to our Northern Michigan Veterans. She continually performs hundreds of shows across the state each year. In addition to her tireless schedule, Michelle founded Mackinac Island Songwriters Workshop with her brother from another mother Pete Kehoe, has been writing and recording with country artist Julianne Ankley and performing with her band, Blood Sisters.

Singing and playing guitar since she was seven years old, it’s no surprise that Chenard has garnered such respect and accolades. Her acoustic performances have built her a strong following throughout the Upper Midwest. From Michigan’s unspoiled Upper Peninsula down the coast of Lake Michigan and back, it is her powerful vocals, accomplished guitar work and award winning songwriting that continues to captivate.

Awards & Accolades

2012 Michigan Emmy® AwardSacrifice and Honor: A Tribute to our Northern Michigan Veterans – produced by Corey Adkins and Kevin Essebaggers, score by Michelle Chenard and Pete Kehoe. The Michigan Emmy® Awards is a chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (MI-NATAS)

2008 Best of the Best – Northern Michigan Entertainer of the Year – Northern Express Entertainment Newsweekly

2005 Best Solo Performer – Northern Express Entertainment Newsweekly


“Michelle was incredible, professional, sounded amazing and was phenomenal to work with. When you hear her sing, you feel you are home, you feel safe, inspired and limitless…all at the same time.”
~ Andrew D. Davis, Brat Fest and Madison, WI Youth Performing Arts Foundation

“Michelle Chenard sings with such amazing passion. Her live performances are captivating, she is one of my all time favorite singer/songwriters.”
~ Terri Ray, Program Director WKLT/WKLZ Traverse City, MI

“Not only is she a pleasure to work with, she gives her all and leaves it all on stage.”
~ Bart Berkshire, Events Director, Mackinac Island Music Festival

“Chenard exhibits a sense of sophistication and lyrical excellence that goes far beyond what one might expect of an artist from a rural area.”
~ Robert Downes, Northern Express

“Chenard has carved a solid niche for herself not only in Northern Michigan, but Grand Rapids and Detroit as well.”
~Morgan Sherburne, The Graphic Weekly

“Michelle Chenard’s single Highway has been number one on the charts for 18 weeks straight, we have never had another song stay on top for so long. There is clearly something compelling about her songwriting and her performance.”
~John Kissane, General Manager, Radio Mackinac

Performing & Recording

Recent Festivals

Art Prize Grand Rapids
Mackinac Island Music Festival
Grand Marais Music Festival
Brat Fest Madison
Festival On The Bay
National Cherry Festival
Wheatland Music Festival

Notable Performances

Local Spins Live Contemporary Folk Series, St. Cecilia Music Center, Grand Rapids, MI
Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, MI
Traverse City Opera House, Traverse City, MI
NAMM Show, Nashville, TN

Recent Radio

Highway (single) featured on Women of Substance Radio “What’s On My iPod” show and WOS Podcast #56

Back In The Game (Nobody Knows) featured on Women of Substance Radio “What’s On My iPod” show and WOS Podcast #41

Flesh and Bone (39 Drops) featured on Women of Substance Radio “What’s On My iPod” show

KLT’s Garage with Terri Ray – featured twice as a solo performer as well as with her band Blood Sisters, Under The Bridge Compilation of Northern Michigan Songwriters and Mackinac Island Songwriters Workshop

Highway (single)
#1 for 18 weeks on Radio Mackinac – Radio Mackinac is rated one of the top ten streaming internet radio stations in the Folk-Rock, Singer Songwriter and Alternative genres worldwide via Live 365 and iTunes


Michelle Chenard:
Nobody Knows
39 Drops

Michelle Chenard & Pete Kehoe
Live at the Pony-Flaws & All

Leavin’ Dodge
Leavin’ Dodge
Live n’ Loose
Christmas Cabin Sessions

Under The Bridge
Standing Together

Opening Act

Badfinger, Steve Marriott, Roger McGuinn, Blessid Union of Souls, Tempest
Collective Soul, Reba McEntire, The Bihlman Brothers, Mike Moran, Howling Diablos

Artist Endorsements

– Samick Guitars

Professional Affiliations

Mackinac Island Songwriters Workshop
Music Instructor at Petoskey Montessori Children’s House And Elementary School