Nationally-lauded country singer Neller to perform in Plymouth Aug. 14

Culver Citizen
Staff Writer

Singer-songwriter Michaela Anne Neller -- whose newest album “Ease My Mind” was named among the “Best 5 top Country Albums of 2014” by the Village Voice and who was called “stunningly introspective” by Rolling Stone magazine -- will perform solo-acoustic at The Brass Rail Bar and Grill in Plymouth on Friday, Aug. 14, between 7 and 10 p.m.

Neller is the daughter of Jeni and Captain Mike Neller, the latter being Commandant of Cadets at Culver Military Academy.

Neller, who was named one of the “five new country artists to know in 2015” by, is working on her third album and will be sharing some of her new songs during her Plymouth performance. The Brass Rail is located at 225 N. Michigan Street in Plymouth.

Last year, Neller performed at Culver Academies as part of the Culver Women's Celebration weekend, where she discussed her problems -- especially her experience of bullying -- growinng up the daughter of a Naval submarine captain, which she said meant moving every two years to a new new state.

"By the time I went to college I had lived in 18 different houses and changed schools nine times. As a young girl, I found this extremely challenging," she told students at Culver.

In college she attended a jazz conservatory in New York City where she said she "was a closeted country music singer in a jazz school. I was certain everyone would make fun of me and hate what I did if I did what felt best for me. But slowly I started finding people who knew about and practiced the music that I loved and I started writing songs that actually felt like they were coming from me, the real deep, natural, authentic me and not some creation I was forcing in order to be accepted."

Ready to put her music at the forefront, Neller spent the next two years working for a record label but still not feeling fulfilled.

"I knew if I didn’t try to be a musician full time, if I didn’t go on tour and experience everything I wanted to experience, I would become a bitter person," she recalled.

So she quit her job and went on tour for the next two weeks, which she loved. Since then she's continued to tour and written books for a major publishing company about teaching voice and songwriting.

"I never ever have regretted quitting my job. And as much of a struggle as it can be, there really is nothing that compares to the feeling of doing what you honestly feel you are alive to do."

She also discussed challenging the idea that women are competing with each other or that women are "catty or jealous and mean to each other. But it really can diminish if you choose to not engage in that behavior and not invite those kinds of people into your life."

Detailed coverage of Neller's remarks can be found here: