Michelle Rhea Goddard's debut album, Breaking Bread: Songs of Reconciliation, helps us make peace with the past by confronting the brokenness within and around us. This album encourages healing and reconciliation through connection and conversation.
Michelle Rhea Goddard's Breaking Bread: Songs of Reconciliation is a three-part melodic invitation to make peace by letting go of the past and confronting the brokenness within ourselves, others, and the world. This collection of songs heals hearts by encouraging us to reconcile through connection and conversation.
The album’s 17 tracks are broken up into three distinct acts, similar to how one would view a play, with each act focusing on a different relationship. The first act focuses on the peace we need to make within ourselves; the second act invites us to start making peace with the people most directly in our lives, and the third act centers around the idea that once you make peace with yourself and your close relationships, you then can make peace with broader society and the world.
“I want these songs to nourish and fill your soul just as you would be filled up with a piece of hearty bread. Let Breaking Bread: Songs of Reconciliation be the nourishing music that transforms your soul,” said Goddard.
As an artist, Goddard’s mission is to produce music that connects listeners to life’s journey of love and transformation. Her goal with the album is for listeners to sit down, break bread, and have a meal with themselves, encouraging them to take the time for reflection and introspection - the first step in making peace with ourselves and others. This album serves as the soundtrack for that meal.
Her lyrics speak to the hard life experiences we all have that connect us, such as rekindling relationships, getting out of toxic relationships, and embarking on a journey where you don’t know what the road ahead will look like. Goddard pulls from several genres and musical influences for songs on the album, including classical, Americana, folk-rock, jazz, Nashville honky-tonk, ska, and even Guns N’ Roses.
“We go through life and have experiences along the way that can eat at our souls. Breaking Bread: Songs of Reconciliation was born out of all of the hurt, pain, and shame that we wrestle with while learning to let go and ultimately heal. This collection of songs can help nourish one’s soul and restore our lives to what they’re meant to be,” said Goddard.
A “Cali Girl Livin’ in a Southern World” is how Michelle would describe her current state of mind. After spending years working in Silicon Valley, Michelle heard the call and with no musical background or formal training, moved to Nashville to pursue singing and songwriting. Michelle established God's Voice LLC to produce, publish and distribute music that connects her listeners to life’s journey of love and transformation. Her music can be described as one part California cool mixed with a smattering of honky-tonk, bluegrass, country, and Americana.