Michelle Pickering

I attended my first live concert when I was 12, after hearing a band was in town that had a song on the radio I liked. I was so completely blown away by the energy and power of live music, I decided that was what I was going to do in my life. I had been playing viola in my school orchestra for 4 years, which I loved, and which gave me a deep appreciation for the beautiful way instruments blended together and harmonized and complimented each other. Music tells a story that can easily touch your soul without words, and unify people in a way only a sincere artistic submission can. Beyond intellect, age, geography, or circumstances. My pursuit took me from my hometown in Canada to Florida when I was 17, and then Los Angeles where I still live and have an amazing, incredible life doing what I love, and having the ability to express myself and connect with people on a larger scale. I took a little time off to raise 3 kids, then came back to drumming in 2015. Although I love many genres of music, I have always enjoyed playing heavy metal. It's weird because I don't necessarily listen to the style as much, but I love the high energy and constant challenge. I have many influences musically, and it seems almost impossible to choose, John Bonham, Neil Peart, Cozy Powell are a few. My favorite music is from the 1970's, when jazz and blues were evolving and becoming more mainstream. I'm very grateful to participate in HLAG 2021, and honored to join so many talented women! Thank you!

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  1. cfee on April 5, 2021 at 7:48 am

    Micheeeeeeelle you made me headbang ! super extrem happy to meet you here with HLAG. yes about energy with heavy metal ! and to be precise, i adore the tombass doses you put in this song, and choice of cymbals use at right moment, not to much but strong always. merci beaucoup to drums punchy and stay you in same time ^^

    • Michelle Pickering on April 20, 2021 at 8:48 am

      Thank you! I love this contest and being able to connect with and enjoy drummers from all over the world. I appreciate your comment and thank you for watching and for your support! I have always been drawn to metal for the high energy, it’s therapy for me 🙂

  2. Bubbalee33 on April 21, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    I was blown away by her hard hitting skills. And she threw back whiskey like water, badass on all fronts

  3. Augie Madrigal on April 21, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    Once of the most hard hitting, talented drummers I’ve been honored to know!

  4. Cristina Spiegel on April 21, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Michelle, I love the inspiration you bring to life with your music! I’ve know you since you were in 5th grade! We were grade school buddies. We used to carry that string instrument home every day. I even remember we practice together. I played the violin and you the viola.

    Raising children on your own has been an incredible accomplismdnt. To see here you are today, so very proud of you !

    Your skills as a drummer has taken you to the next level — everything you do is with passion and this talent have you demonstrated is truly phenomenal. Keep it up drumming had always looks good on you !!

    Your buddy always
    Cristina S.

    • Emma on April 23, 2021 at 4:20 am

      Congratulations 👏 Michelle ❤️

  5. rositanaomi on April 22, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    Michelle you are awesome!!! 🤩 keep hitting like a girl!!! You got this!!

  6. Suzanne M. Marquis on May 3, 2021 at 5:40 am

    WOW!!!! WOW!!!! WOW!!!! Your playing is so amazing that I am at a loss for words!💕 Rock n’Roll GRRRL! 🥁

  7. Luna Pi 3 on May 6, 2021 at 11:41 am

    I love hearing and seeing you play, so much energy and spirit! Keep up the awesome efforts, I hope you win this. xoxoxo

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