Michelle chenard

BWCA Treasurer of the board

Michelle has been a staple in northern Michigan for years, garnering numerous awards such as 2005 Best Solo Performer in the Northern Express, one of 2008’s Best Of The Best in the Northern Express and a 2011 Michigan Emmy Award for her musical contributions to the score for the TV documentary “Sacrifice & Honor: A Tribute To Our Northern Michigan Veterans”. Michelle moved from her native Upper Peninsula to warmer climates after fronting her first bands in high school. She cut her musical teeth on the Florida/southern United States band circuit, and has performed all over the country and internationally.  She’s also performed at numerous festivals and songwriting stages, including the Mackinac Island Music Festival, Blissfest, Wheatland Music Festival, the National Cherry Festival, and ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.  She’s opened for such artists as Badfinger, Collective Soul, Reba McEntire, and is a Samick Guitars-endorsed artist.  Through Big Water Creative Arts, she regularly shares her songwriting knowledge and expertise with local communities, teaching songwriting workshops at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, MI, Mackinac Island Public Schools, and the Petoskey Montessori Children’s House & Elementary School. Michelle is also co-director and co-founder of the Mackinac Island Songwriters Workshop and co-founder of BWCA, Inc. She brings her passion for songwriting and music to everyone and everything she touches.  She continues to perform hundreds of shows a year at venues all over the midwest, has several albums of original music under her belt, and currently lives in southeast Michigan with her daughter Lucy.