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Local songwriter celebrating birthday by giving back to his fans

| Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Singer songwriter Troy Michael has returned home to celebrate his birthday Saturday but instead of getting presents, he is giving them to his fans.

Michael, who is originally from Connellsville, and now lives in New York City will hold a special concert at Club 231, Uniontown, where he will release his new song called “Heart Break” in a live performance on the eve of his 26th birthday.

“I came back home to release the song because everybody has been so supportive of me over the years and they are still supporting me. They come out to see me if I do a show here or if there is a show close enough they will travel there to support me,” Michael said.

In addition to himself, Michael has lined up a wide range of local, national and even international talent to perform and make special appearances during this special event. Reality television star Heather Chadwell, from VH1's “Rock of Love with Brett Michaels,” “I Love Money,” and “Charm School“ and the Game Show Network's “Baggage” will co-host the event. Chadwell, who is now a model, will fly from Las Vegas for the show where she also will be doing an autograph signing of her calendar.

“I love Heather. She's educated with a degree from Ohio State University, and still does television. She received an education and tackled her dream of entertainment as well. That's not easy to do. Most people choose one or the other, and she accomplished both. She is so relatable to so many people with a dream. That's why I chose her to host this special event with me. People will love her. She's is beautiful inside and out,” Michael said.

Several musicians will be on hand to perform at the event including R&B vocalists Jeramiah Jordan, Ryan Jarrell, Jamil Wiley and NuNu as well as hip hop Artist Caleb Grimm and singer Marquis. Former Mr. Iceland Magnus Jonsson will also make a special appearance.

There will also be a few special performances by drag queens including, Nicole St. George, Fabreez Ya Nite, Izzy, Shantel Cummings and Andrea Hearts.

Local DJ and female impersonator Tyler Smith, 21, will be performing as either Nicki Minage or Beyonce. Smith who is a regular disc jockey at Club 231, will perform a mix of slow and fast numbers he choreographed himself. Smith is a friend of Michael and said it does not surprise him that he has come home to release his new song.

In celebration of his birthday, Michael has decided that he wants to give back to his fans for the support they have given him over the years. He will host part two of his own version of “Oprah's Favorite Things” where audience members will receive some of his favorite items. Last year, he gave away more than $3,000 of free items, including an all-expense paid trip to New York City.

“I will have about $3,000 worth of items again this time. They are all things that are my favorites — CDs, DVDs, Nikes, gift cards, and much more. There is also going to be something really big that is going to blow people away,” Michael said. “It's so great that I am able to give back to people and celebrate with them on my birthday.”

At the show, Michael said he will be announcing his newest project called “The Oprah Effect,” which is a movement that provides inspiration to those who believe they have no hope to achieve their dreams due to their location, financial situations, or any hardships for that matter. The project will provide what he calls a “visible inspiration.”

“My team that I've built is very strong to launch this project. It will be launched in early March, with the first part of it starting right here in Connellsville before I head back to New York City,” Michael said.

Club 231 is located at 231 Pittsburgh St. in Uniontown. Doors to the club will open at 9 p.m. with the show starting between 10:30 and 11 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge at the door. Patrons must be 18 years old to enter and 21 years old to consume alcohol.

Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer.

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