We’ve gone ahead and launched a Kickstarter for Michelle’s debut solo project. Would love for you to check out the video and forward to anyone you think may be interested.

Hi there! My name is Michelle Lynn Thompson. Some know me from the Wayside, a band I’ve been performing in with my husband, John J. Thompson, for over 20 years.

Some know me as a homeschooling mother of four. I currently have a third grader, a junior, a senior and a high-school graduate. I’ve been chin-deep in phonics, ACT prep, graduation and college preparations all while working part time. It’s an exciting time but a HUGE task that I take very seriously.

Some of you know me as former women’s ministry leader of the Warehouse Church in Aurora, IL or the current co-leader of the East Nashville Thompson home group from the Village Chapel, or even that woman that leads worship with her husband, John, on occasion.

What most of you may not know is that I have been writing my own songs that tell stories from my life and the lives of people dear to me. Sure, they may have been written on the back of a receipt, a paper plate or a spelling list – or sung into my phone while speeding off to work – but they are songs from my heart. Though I’ve contributed to many Wayside songs over the years, and wrote one personal song years ago, I really only discovered my inner song writer after moving to Nashville five years ago. Funny thing is, I didn’t move to Nashville to pursue music.



Tigerwine 2020

A Disparate Vintage

On Tigerwine's latest, 'Nothing is for You,' vocalist and lyricist Trobee departs from the band's last effort as a concept record to write about an array subjects. Notably, Trobee tackles his evolution from rigid belief system to an acceptance and understanding of other ideas: "Through touring and becoming close with those very people I was taught to be afraid of, I realized how untrue it all is."


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Employed to Serve

Forward Under a Dying Sun

Most of these days, the sun rises and sets on a world that feels like it's dying. Across the pond, where Employed to Serve calls home, they're learning how to support their latest record a year into its release. HM contributor Andrew Voigt recently sat down with Justine Jones to learn more about the band, marrying your bandmates, and their outside shot at touring with Rammstein.


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Comrades 2020

Becoming Comrades

The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.


Photo by Quinsey Sablan

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