The Golden Saloon 2015
Michelle McAfee is an Americana Folk Songstress with a way of weaving unforgettable melodies and vivid stories. Born with a fierce love of mountains and wanderlust, McAfee infuses her songwriting with a sense of place and adventure. “I’ve always been inspired by wilderness, wild people and wild places…… I love belonging to a wide community of people who live creatively, live a little on the edge.” She is based in Oregon where she has released three albums, Up In The Air, Float, and the current new release Paper Walls co-produced and recorded by David Jacobs-Strain.
Michelle has opened shows for major acts such as The Indigo Girls, G Love & Special Sauce, and Jewel. She has written and performed music for independent films Kissed By Lightning, The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw, Mad Dog Labine, and wrote the end credit song for the powerful documentary The Gathering. A passion for environmental and social justice issues comes through in her work and led her to co-create the artist collective One Soul, which takes music and art into prisons. Michelle teaches summer songwriting and music workshops at The Wrangell Mountain Art Center in Alaska. Her previous musical career as a staff songwriter for publishers in Nashville and Los Angeles (Warner-Chappell, Sony/Maypop Music, Bluewater Music) honed her writing skills and continues to impact her current work: heartfelt songs driven by sweet hooks and smart stories.