Mending Limbs Founder: Michelle Prichard
She’s a rare find in country music today; a voice full of emotion, resonating lyrics, and a face you won’t forget. Earning respect from peers and industry people alike, Michelle has built a reputation among Nashville songwriters and audiences of unswerving dedication and enthusiasm for her music.
Since the age of six, growing up in southern California she began performing for crowds at fairgrounds, audiences for stage productions, and more than 5,000 people at the California State Capital Police Officers Annual Memorial Service. California, typically known for its pop/rock music scene, gave Michelle a unique environment to hone her love for country music. ’Most people don’t realize country is huge in southern California. It was very easy for me to decide to take my talent in the country direction. I love the soul and comfort of it.’ Competition was a major part of Michelle’s childhood, whether onstage, in the pool, or in front of the camera. As a result, she’s extremely ambitious and possesses an immense confidence in her singing and writing. Her deepest influence has been Martina McBride. ’From the start, she’s been my inspiration. Every song she sings touches the lives of people. I also admire her courage to sing about controversial subjects. I hope that I can only come close to doing that.
My leg has made me a very strong person. I’ve gone through a lot of hard times, but a lot of good times. They’ve allowed me to grow and kept me grounded while giving me a different attitude in life. There are a lot of people I say to hell with, those who stare and point, but I thank the people who’ve never treated me any differently, especially my parents and family.
Michelle made the move from California to Nashville in 2002. Finishing school was every bit as important as singing, and she completed a degree in Music Business from Middle Tennessee State University in May 2005. Interning in the music industry has taught her some important lessons. ’I've learned that the industry changes every day. It’s a risky business to be in, but if you love it and have a passion for it, it’s worth all the risk in the world.’ Since graduating from MTSU, Michelle is focusing on her songwriting and guitar playing. ’It’s a blessing to be able to sing, though I also feel writing and playing guitar allows others to see your creative side. Everyone has a story to tell, so why not share it with the world”
And Michelle has an extraordinary story to tell. Since she was very young, Michelle has worn a prosthetic leg and battled through a significant physical disability to find success as an athlete, a model, and now a singer/songwriter. As much as her prosthesis is a part of her everyday life, it’s something she doesn’t allow herself to dwell on. My leg has made me a very strong person. I’ve gone through a lot of hard times, but a lot of good times. They’ve allowed me to grow and kept me grounded while giving me a different attitude in life. There are a lot of people I say to hell with, those who stare and point, but I thank the people who’ve never treated me any differently, especially my parents and family. The greatest message she can ever send with her music is that other amputees can achieve any dream or goal as long as they have the drive and determination. Michelle acknowledges that it hasn’t been easy, but then it’s the hardest parts that have helped her get to this point in her career. As she meets the challenges every day, she relies on a quote she’s been repeating for years. ”You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Since the day a friend told me those words from Ghandi, they’ve been a constant reminder that there’s a reason God gave me this opportunity ‘to inspire, be inspired, and make myself an example of success over adversity.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Since the day a friend told me those words from Ghandi, they’ve been a constant reminder that there’s a reason God gave me this opportunity ‘to inspire, be inspired, and make myself an example of success over adversity.
Michelle has embarked on a new venture; she created/founded Mending Limbs Organization in 2008 with her husband Jared. When Michelle went to get fitted for a new prosthesis in April 2008, it was brought to her attention that she should look into her new employer’s Tennessee based health insurance. After reading the fine print, Michelle was told her prosthesis was considered durable medical equipment and they would only cover a very small amount of her cost. Up until this point in Michelle’s life, her insurance had covered the majority of the cost associated with her prosthesis. With that being said, her friends and family rallied together, created Mending Limbs Organization and held a benefit in October 2008 on her behalf and others to help raise awareness. As Michelle planned the benefit, she realized how many people were unaware and uneducated of this important need. Any individual can be subject to a devastating accident that could make them an amputee overnight. So when someone has to endure such a tragic experience, how are they able to pay for their medical bills as well as a prosthetic if insurance companies do not cover them. Michelle is very passionate about this need and is working hard to educate others on the essential needs for current and future amputees.