Michelle has always wanted to be a country music singer and perform in her very own concert. She even came up with her concert title, "Famous in a Small Town," and her set list.
She began her wish with voice lessons to help get her beautiful voice ready as Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee staff found a band. It is truly amazing how the community comes together. The perfect band was Amber Fults and the Ambivalent Lovers and the practices began.
Michelle experienced the life of a real country music star by shopping for outfits for a photo shoot and participating in media appearances and for her concert. She enjoyed her photo shoot at various beautiful places around her hometown, Chattanooga, TN, and enjoyed going to radio and TV studios to talk about her concert.
On Michelle's big day, she was picked up at her house by limo for the trip to the concert hall. Her dressing room was in the tradition country music star style - lots of lights, cards, flowers, and some special gifts from other country music singers. She had her final rehearsal with the band and then it was time for hair and make-up.
The doors to the Concert Hall opened at 6:30 and it was standing room only! People were everywhere, over 500 were in attendance, and wonderful United Healthcare (Michelle's Wish Sponsor) employees were seated as guests.
Michelle's concert was truly amazing. She had so much energy and she memorized her audience. The most amazing thing for us to see was to watch her truly transform throughout the wish experience. She said after her concert, "if I can do this, I can do anything," and she's right!