GARY hannan 

Multi Platinum selling #1 hit song writer for Blake Shelton, Garth Brooks, Montgomery Gentry and many others. Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, Gary served in special forces then worked as a deep sea oil field diver in the North Sea and Gulf Of Mexico. He backpacked the world carrying his guitar, at times living the life of a hobo and somehow collected a basement full of Gold and Platinum records along the way! "Saying the most with the least, is what I'm good at!" Constantly on the move, he has ridden his motorcycle loaded with a sleeping bag and guitar on a solo journey around the United States and parts of Canada in a constant search for inspiration. This journey took him to Normandy where he wrote on Omaha beach and then back to Africa in 2017 on a  solo motorcycle journey to the exact locations where brothers in arms had made the ultimate sacrifice.  These songs were then recorded in an ongoing compilation 'Songs from the battlefield'.  Currently Gary is touring the US in a built out van, sharing his songs and  blogging from the road.  

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Julianne ANKLEY


With six Detroit Music Awards to her name including Outstanding Country Songwriter for 2016, Julianne Ankley has cemented herself in the Detroit and Michigan music scenes as a major talent. ​ Julianne has been writing heartfelt songs and delivering electric performances, both solo and with her band The Rogues, for years.  Her third solo Album  “Don’t Let Go” was released in August 2015 at the Ark Theater in Ann Arbor, MI.  Her sophomore album “Vivid" garnered the 2012 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Recording and lead to the use of her song “Lead Footin’ In the Left Lane" nationally by WXYZ (ABC) for the 2015 annual Woodward Dream Cruise televised special.  From her debut solo album “No Place For a Lullabye” was used by HomeAid of America for years in their PSA campaign to raise funds for housing the homeless.   ​ 2016 has had Julianne writing with Platinum hit songwriters, Gary Hannan, and Dave Gibson and touring in England and France, and nationally in the U.S.  She has also been writing with Michigan Emmy winning songwriter, Michelle Chenard, and will be touring nationally as Ankley and Chenard.

Julianne continues to perform with her top notch band, the Rogues as well.  (See the "shows" page for upcoming events!) ​ She has also been the celebrity host and performer for the Hard Rock Cafe stages in Nashville during the CMA Fest for several years, and continues to perform at Nashville’s top songwriting venues such as the world-famous Bluebird Cafe, the Listening Room, Douglas Corner Cafe, Tootsie’s, and more.

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Michelle Chenard

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® Award – Sacrifice 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

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