Life in Michigan is an online magazine exploring the unique sides of Michigan through extraordinary stories.

We have been chronicling the beauty and culture of Michigan since 2012. Our stories, filled with local insights and experiences, are published here.

Read on to learn more about us, our other projects and our partners.

The Life in Michigan Curators

For more about us, please visit our individual pages.

Brenda Sodt Marshall

Brenda Sodt Marshall

Michigan beer enthusiast, history nut, writer, and mother.

Chuck Marshall

Chuck Marshall

Photographer, Writer, Michigan Beer Enthusiast, Traveler, and Music Fan

There’s more!


If you can’t tell, we stay pretty busy.

Freelance Photography

Through his photography, Chuck skillfully freezes moments in time, crafting narratives that speak volumes. He doesn’t photograph weddings unless you’re a close friend or family. You will find him shooting festivals, conferences, parties, or music performances. When he is not at a gig, his other passion is capturing Michigan’s culture and landscapes. Dive into our gallery, experience our shared adventures through Chuck’s lens, and keep an eye out for Brenda’s equally captivating shots!

Freelance Writing

As freelance writers, we do more than just share stories on Life In Michigan. We also contribute to a range of other platforms. Discover our engaging articles in the Michigan Brew Trail Magazine and with organizations like MSHDA, where we’ve developed a thought-provoking series on homeownership programs. Follow Chuck’s journey into the music world as he provides album reviews, concert coverage, and artist interviews for Metal Wani and Loud Hailer Magazine.

gig: the art of michigan music

GIG is a unique three-day event that puts the spotlight on the art of the Michigan music scene and promotes our fantastic music community. Join us on November 8-10 at ART 634 in Jackson.

fans with bands podcast

We’re the creators and hosts of ‘Fans With Bands.’ In each episode, we create a platform for bands and fans alike to delve into discussions about music, life, and anything else that sparks interest. We understand it’s not always easy to connect with your favorite bands during a show or online, so we bridge that gap, fostering deeper conversations between fans and bands.

Start Your Project With Us

Ready to bring your project to life? Shoot us an email at [email protected] with your project details and budget. If it aligns with our expertise, we’ll dive right into discussing how we can collaborate.

2022 U.P. Beer Festival


In our travels we’ve found some amazing people and organizations. Thank you for your support of Life In Michigan and promoting Michigan! Click below to learn more.

Promote Michigan

Promote Michigan is exactly that — an outlet to promote all things about the Great Lakes State… It’s people, places and products from coast to...

Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce

Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce is an excellent resource for the arts, music, and culture. Their calendar is full of exciting activities.

Michigan Brewers Guild

In 2021 we became Allied Members of the Michigan Brewers Guild. It solidified our relationship with the Craft Beer Community.