MICHELLE CHAPPEL, Ph.D. (Princeton) left a successful career as a psychology professor to follow her dream to be a rock-n-roll star. She was voted 'Most Inspirational Professor of Psychology' at UC Santa Cruz. Two years later her debut CD (PolyGram Records) made the top 10 on the radio charts overseas. For the past decade she has helped thousands of others to follow their dreams. Overcoming Adversity: Born in a small rural village in France, the young Michelle Chappel was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where she suffered under the unseen shadow of child abuse. Through sheer determination, she was able to escape to schools in other states by winning scholarships, and eventually got a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology. As a professor she quickly gained a dedicated following of students who were inspired by her playfully rebellious teaching style. But deep inside she began to hear her long forgotten melodies calling her on a quest to heal her broken child spirit, and recover the crushed blossom of her musical brilliance. Her songs and workshops are a testament to the journey we must all take to shine as our true selves. Critical Reviews: * 'If there was one CD I could take to my grave, it's 'Simple Graces.' It's music that heals. I haven't seen anything like Michelle since I interviewed Shakti Gawaiin (author of Creative Visualization), and John Gray (author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus) before he made it big. She's a star.' Emmy Moore Minister, host of the TV show Voice of the Valley * ''Shine' is just terrific! The songwriting is strong and Michelle has a fantastic sound that occasionally reminds me of Lucinda Williams whom I used to go hear at bars in Austin before she became a star.' Daniel Gilbert, Ph.D., author of Stumbling on Happiness * 'Michelle Chappel has been the top selling local artist at Tower Records (San Jose) for the last six months. Due to this high demand, 'Infinity + 1, man' can now be found alongside other major artists, as well as in the local artist section of the store." Tower Records Manager, Dan McGurt * 'The audience seemed to love her, students and older people alike. Each song from Michelle's debut CD was punctuated by uproarious applause, and the end of the session brought a scream of 'Encore!' so loud that it seemed to shake the walls.' City on a Hill Press (U. of California student newspaper) * 'In a world filled with 'cookie cutter' recording artists, Michelle Chappel stands head and shoulders above the crowd. Strong and unique songs filled with wonderful melodies and nuance--sung with passion and humor. Check her out. You won't be disappointed.' Greg Edmunson, music composer for the hit TV series King of the Hill * 'Chappel has the personality and songwriting ability to hit it big.' Aiding and Abetting, online music resource * 'Michelle Chappel is . . . in three words . . . fab-u-lous! I am deeply grateful for her art and her gift of love.' Reverend David Bruner, Center for Spiritual Living, San Jose, CA * 'I am so glad Michelle shared her music and spirit. It couldn't have been more perfect.' Eric Odel, Music Minister. Center for Spiritual Living, Seattle, WA * 'Michelle's creativity transforms lives. In her workshops, music, and consulting, she touches our hearts to reveal powerful new possibilities.' Diane Dreher, Ph.D., author of The Tao of Inner Peace * 'Michelle has really hit a chord with people. Just about everyone says she's the best instructor they ever had, and that the class changed their life.' Judy Rose, Director of Humanities, University of California, Santa Cruz Extension Noteworthy Achievements Eleven tracks on Michelle Chappel's self-titled debut CD received radio airplay in South Africa. The CD was selected as 'Feature of the Week' by four major South African Radio stations and the artist was chosen as 'Woman of the Week' on the largest radio station in the country (1993 - 1994). The track 'Strange Kind of Love' was a Top 10 single on regional Adult Contemporary stations; the accompanying video aired on South African TV (1994). Chappel's sophomore CD, Infinity + 1, Man held a No. 1 position and several Top 10 positions on US College Radio (2000). Infinity + 1, Man was distributed in 25 countries in Europe on Gold Circle International, and was the top-selling independent release position for 14 weeks at Tower Records in San Jose, California (2000). Chappel performed as 'Mad Donna' on 'The Wheels On The Bus' (Shifty Disco Records). The song charted at No. 17 on UK radio stations; the accompanying video aired on MTV Europe (2002). Chappel's songs have garnered 12 Awards in 'Billboard Magazine's' International Songwriting Contests (1994 - 1999). Chappel was chosen in Top 100 bands/artists in 'Billboard Magazine's' International Songwriting Contests (1999). Chappel performed as Pat Benatar for Karaoke Revolution, selected as one of the top 10 best games of the year by 'The New York Times' (2003). Chappel contributed seven songs to the soundtrack of Frog & Wombat, Laurie Agard's internationally distributed independent film, featured on HBO, Showtime, Encore and ABC (1999 - 2007). Message from Michelle: When I was a professor, students used to line up outside my office to ask for my advice. I always told them to follow their hearts. One afternoon as I watched yet another relieved face disappear out my office door, I realized I wasn't following my own heart. What did I really want to do when I grew up? I wanted to sing in a rock-n-roll band! I'd only written a handful of songs, but I knew if I didn't take the risk then, I never would. My songs have been on the charts. But more importantly, they've inspired others to follow their hearts, too. My music can help you move through challenging situations, heal old wounds, practice forgiveness, and celebrate life. * If you could wave a magic wand and have anything you want, what would it be? * If you could leave the past behind and recreate yourself, who would you become? * You're closer to knowing what it is you want from your life-and making it happen-than you think you are. My website contains weekly lessons, inspirational songs, and other content to help you discover your true calling, build the courage to go after your dreams, persist through setbacks, and accomplish your aims. The guidance is simple, and it works! For more information, check it out...
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