MICHELE SPITZ ~ 2022 MICHIGAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Saginaw and Hemlock, Michigan certainly have reason to be proud of Michele Spitz. Michele's dedication and drive seem to say "The Improbable We Do Now, The Impossible May Take A Little Longer!"
Michele has done the improbable in the age of no social media. She went to Nashville just out of high school, recorded her first release, "Something I Never Got Over," on an independent record label. Her first release was recommended for the "Hot Country 100" by Billboard Magazine. She attracted everyone's attention with her single, "Old Fashioned Lover," which charted on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 National Chart in 1981. Michele has also received national airplay from several other singles released from her first album "Dreamrise." Her 1983 release on Prairie Dust Records "Let It Be Me Tonight," was recommended as one of Billboard's Top Single Picks." This single was produced by the legendary Ronny Light, a Gold record producer for Waylon Jennings "Good Hearted Woman and many other RCA recording artists!
Michele, who expresses a particular fondness for "songs that stretch me as a singer" grew up in Saginaw, Michigan. She was surrounded by all styles of music and began singing at the age of 8 with the encouragement of her mother. She sang in retirement homes, churches, many charity events and "anywhere they'd let me."
At the age of 17, Michele began her professional career and travelled to Nashville and recorded her first album. She has opened up for such artists as George Strait, Aaron Tippin, David Ball, Natalie Stovall, Bellamy Brothers, Tanya Tucker, Crystal Gale, Buddy Rich, Donna Fargo, Tommy Cash, Con Hunley, Jerry Reed, Jeanie Pruitt, Charlie Pride, Christie Lane, T.G. Shepherd, Faron Young, Hank William's Drifting Cowboys, Ferlin Husky, Del Reeves, Danny Davis & the Nashville Brass and others from the mid-70’s through to the present!
Michele performed on the stage of the Grand Old Opry during one of the Opry's birthday celebrations. As well as Ernest Tubb's Midnight Jamboree, and clubs on Printer's Alley. She also performed on Jamboree USA, a live radio show in Wheeling, WV and various television shows in the 80's. In 1995, she was voted the "Best Country Female Vocalist" by the Bay Area Review. Michele has also recorded several local advertising jingles, i.e. Isabella Bank & Trust, Elga Credit Union and others playing on TV & radio in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Michele's career has spanned over four decades performing in concerts, festivals, nightclubs, weddings and many area venues. Over the past 30 years she continues to sing and play guitar with hundreds of children weekly with her Music for Munchkins educational music program and also sings weekly with the elderly at assisted living, memory care and retirement centers. After taking several years off from performing with a band to raise her family, Michele is now making her way back to performing on the BIG stage again with some amazingly talented area musicians. Michele's latest project is paying tribute to one of her favorite vocalists, Linda Ronstadt and gearing up to perform some of her past Nashville recordings.
MICHELE was proudly inducted into the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame on August 20, 2022. If you were to mix very talented, pretty, and a beautiful voice, you would have created one Michele Spitz, who is all these and more!
When Michele is in your area don't miss her!