Nashville-based country/Americana singer-songwriter Michelle LeBlanc is set to release her debut EP,Â A Man Like You, onÂ March 2, 2018.Â Produced by Nick Buda and recorded at The Loft Studio in East Nashville, the record is a true reflection of LeBlancâ€™s own fiery heart and gypsy soul, where she wrestles with love and vulnerability and her decision to leave it behind.Â â€œIf thereâ€™s one thing I know by this point, itâ€™s that if somethingâ€™s meant to be in your life, it wonâ€™t let you give up on it,â€ she says. â€œMusic and the songwriting and Nashvilleâ€”they continue to teach me this.â€Â
Born in Columbia, South Carolina to a local singer/songwriter, she discovered acting as a teen, which took her eventually to New York City to pursue that dream, yet she also taught herself how to play the guitar and write songs.Â â€œI really loved digging into the characters and their stories and all of the collaboration that came with acting,â€ LeBlanc says.Â â€œIt was safer to tell other peopleâ€™s stories.Â Writing songs was always about my own personal stories and that was scarier.â€Â
While in the process of leaving a tumultuous relationship and after leaving a job in NYC that she called â€œinsane and toxic,â€ LeBlanc found herself unsure of where to go next.Â She booked a tarot card reading in the hope of finding some answers.Â â€œThe tarot card reader basically told me that I was going to move to Nashvilleâ€”that was where I was meant to beâ€”and that people needed to hear my music,â€ LeBlanc says. â€œShe also said I canâ€™t hide anymore, and that I was also going to meet a man connected to that city.â€Â At that point, Nashville had not been on her radar, but something about it felt very right.Â She made her first trip there a couple months later and eventually made the permanent move to Nashville to pursue her music.
A Man Like YouÂ is a collection of songs about the time in her life when she took a leap of faith to move to a new city while having left behind someone she felt deeply for but could never talk about those feelings out loud.Â â€œThis is sort of a confessional album where Iâ€™m exploring all of my unresolved feelings for someone and sifting through how to move forward having made my own decisions,â€ she says.Â
LeBlanc plans to release two singles from the EP (â€œLoving A Hurricaneâ€ and â€œBTWâ€) in advance of the release date.Â Fans interested in pre-ordering the EP may do so through a Kickstarter campaign that will launch in January.Â Details about the Kickstarter launch and pre-order campaign, as well as the single release dates, will be posted on her social media and website:Â Â michelleleblancmusic.com.Â LeBlanc plans to tour in support ofÂ A Man Like You; tour dates will be announced soon.Â A Nashville EP release show is also in the planning stages and will be announced in early 2018.