Michelle King: Lead Vocalist and Guitar Player with the Musical Group Flame

Headshot of Michelle, wearing sunglasses, a button down shirt and a cross necklace

Michelle King is an internationally known musician who has performed at numerous eclectic venues and often found herself in the presence of a number of famous people. What inspires and motivates Michelle is having the ability to share her music with others.

From Gloversville, Michelle is the lead vocalist and guitar player with Flame, a band formed at Lexington, a Chapter of the ARC New York, located in Johnstown.

Michelle is a person with autism, but she has not let that stop her from achieving and exceeding her musical goals. She connects with her audiences through her expressive and outgoing stage presence, and she has taught herself how to play a variety of musical instruments. In addition, Michelle can quickly figure out how to play many different songs, and has mastered genres that include country, folk and rock.

Among Michelle’s accomplishments was being featured in People Magazine in a profile series called “Heroes Among Us.” Other achievements of which she is proud include performing on Good Morning, America and at the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame and House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, and playing internationally in both Greece and Italy.

Michelle also performed at the August 2009 funeral of the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, a person whom she greatly admired. At the funeral, Michelle met another one of her inspirations – Oprah Winfrey.

“She said that my music touched her heart,” Michelle adds.

When not performing with Flame, Michelle delivers solo shows at various Johnstown and Gloversville venues and events. She also gives guitar lessons, enjoys listening to musician Darius Rucker – whom she has also met. Her work with Flame has truly been a dream come true.

“I love to inspire others by showing them that, no matter what,” Michelle adds, “you never give up on your dreams.”

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