Michelle performs with her husband Luke Johnson in duo Studio8. They co-wrote Studio8’s singles Red Dirt Rodeo, Back to the Bush and You Got the Moves and all the songs on their debut album Into the New. Michelle and Luke also co-wrote all the songs on Luke’s albums, Goodbye Frankie (2021) and Little Worlds (2022).

Michelle is also the author of two novels for young adults, Racing the Moon and Flying through Clouds, and is an emerging playwright. 

Where it all began

Michelle grew up in Sydney, and her husband Luke in Sydney and the Blue Mountains. In 1988 they made a tree change to the Southern Highlands with their young daughter, Rebecca, and son, Ben, born six months later. They lived on a small acreage and, inspired by the laid-back rural lifestyle, they began writing songs together.

They moved to Norfolk Island in 2001, where Michelle wrote the first draft of Racing the Moon. After returning to the Southern Highlands in 2005, she continued writing and studied playwriting. Four of Michelle’s plays were performed at short play festivals in Sydney, Newcastle and Armidale between 2009 and 2012.

In 2014 Michelle’s first novel Racing the Moon was published by Allen & Unwin. In 2017 her second novel Flying through Clouds was independently published and was awarded the SCBWI Spark Award (Older Readers).

Excerpts from Michelle’s play Karma were performed as part of the Storytellers Festival at Kings Cross Theatre in August / September 2019.

Michelle began performing with Luke in duo Studio8 in January 2022. Studio8 play a mix of  original songs, their favourite country songs, ballads and Elvis hits.

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