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.




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