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Michelle Shocked

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Dallas, United States

Michelle Shocked (born Dallas, Texas, February, 1962) is the stage name of Michelle Karen Johnston, an American singer-songwriter.

As a young feminist, she left Texas to travel, Kerouac-style, and was caught up in Reagan-era grassroots politics. Her musical career was ignited by a bootleg recording made around a Kerrville Folk Festival campfire on a Sony walkman. Released in England as ‘The Texas Campfire Tapes’ without Shocked’s authority, its success abroad enticed Mercury Records to offer the newcomer a recording contract.

Her break into U.S. national renown came with the release of her 1988 album Short Sharp Shocked on college radio rotations around the country, which was met with strong acclaim from listeners. On the crest of this independent momentum, her 1989 album Captain Swing on Mercury Records was released.

In 1995, she contributed an original song to the soundtrack for the film Dead Man Walking called “Quality of Mercy”. In 1996, she released a studio version of an underground release Kind Hearted Woman (black cover) on the short-lived Private Music label.

Starting in 2002 with the release of Deep Natural, Shocked established her own label, Mighty Sound. She reissued expanded versions of her entire catalog, made possible by having retained complete ownership of her work when she signed with Mercury in 1987.

An acoustic version of her song “How You Play the Game” was featured as the opening and credits soundtrack in the DVD of the 2004 documentary film Bush’s Brain.

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  • yerbyderby

    Good News. You can watch Anchorage here: http://www.jukebo.com/michelle-shocked/music-clip,anchorage,x5pxsl.html

    25 Feb 1:15pm Reply
  • KingFahtah

    I used to think Michelle S sucked with her feminist folkisie sardonic nonsense all those years back. However I am starting to respect her now for having the guts to go against the grain and speak her mind in a country that has torn up the first amendment and speaking your truth can ruin you.

    31 Jan 2:29pm Reply
  • miodan60

    @kakktus, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection don't worry, it can be treated!

    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • kakktus

    @sunheadbowed BWAHAHAHA! I totally agree! I saw "miodan60" pictures on his FB page, and he has a mean case of the gay face. LOL

    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    It is good that a few people make such inane public statements of homophobic hatred because the backlash displays that you can't really get away with it anymore, in the same way you can't get away with racist or anti-Semitic statements. Even hiding behind the banality of the complete anachronism Book of Leviticus doesn't give you a free pass anymore. I'm sure that she is mentally ill, but that's hardly an excuse to get away with peddling public bigotry.

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    miodan60 is totally a heterosexual.

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • enid_coleslaw_

    vv Dude, you're stanning for Michelle Shocked. She hasn't been relevant since the Clinton administration and only got back into the public eye because of her homophobia. Look at your life, look at your choices.

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • miodan60

    Aww, so this is how modern, tolerant, progressive liberal and broandminded part of society talk. Congratulations, I'm pround of You!

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • kakktus

    @miodan60 Fuck off! Go back to your cave.

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Jetography

    I deleted all of your songs out of my collection. You only apologized after your tour got canceled.

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • miodan60

    @kakktus, you're such a hypocrite.

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • klipspringer76

    Thank you Margaret Cho http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margaret-cho/michelle-shocked-me_b_2918927.html

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • kakktus

    @jrs1991 NEWSFLASH! People are entitled to their opinions. If people want to "overreact", let them. It's not that bad? WTF?

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • jrs1991

    All she did was say something, it's not that bad. People making a big deal out of nothing. Stop overreacting.

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • kakktus

    @elston68 I'll save my sympathies for someone more deserving. And now that 10 out of 11 upcoming dates have been canceled... NOW she issues an half-assed apology. Three days later. FAIL! Career = Over

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • elston68

    While I disagree with most of what the Bible has to say on this subject, I'm surprised (or maybe not) by a general lack of sympathy. People just love to kick others when they're down. I hope she works out the issues she's having. "We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies." ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • kakktus

    @enid_coleslaw_ She used to be a lesbian, but about 10 years ago she became a "born-again Christian". http://www.dallasvoice.com/michelle-shocked-said-what-1990-outlines-interview-surfaces-10434.html On the plus side, all of her upcoming appearances have been canceled by the venues. No one has talked about this cunt in 15 years, and now everybody is talking about her. Mission accomplished.

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • jrs1991

    People overreact.

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • NEHiker

    @miodan60, fuck you, fuck michelle shocked, and fuck your made up god. You piece of shit.

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
  • enid_coleslaw_

    Why would someone with a majority-queer fanbase go on a homophobic rant in San Francisco? Way to torpedo what's left of your career, sweetie.

    20 Mar 2013 Reply
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