Michelle Nixon joined her first band at the age of 14, embarking on a musical journey that found her singing a variety of gospel and classic country music with different Virginia-based bands. Gathering inspiration and style from, among others, Loretta Lynn and Emmylou Harris, Nixon quickly developed her own powerful sound.
In 2002 Nixon formed her first band “Drive” and set out to make a lasting impression on the bluegrass world. In 2006, Michelle won the FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR (Traditional) award at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) convention. Later that year, Michelle was pleased to be a part of the Daughters of Bluegrass album, BACK TO THE WELL that featured some of the top female talents in bluegrass music today. The album won the prestigious 2006 International Bluegrass Music Association’s RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR award. Not only did Michelle provide her vocal talents on the project, but also co-wrote the song, Grass Angels. The album also includes the break-out hit, “How’s It Feel,” written by Tom T. and Dixie Hall featuring Jeanette Williams and Michelle. In 2009, the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year award was changed to “songs” instead of the album awards, and The Daughters of Bluegrass took home the 2009 IBMA RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR AWARD for the song, “Proud to the a Daughter” from their album, BLUEGRASS BOUQUET.