CareerMichelle Louise Tumes was born in 1971 and grew up in Adelaide. She has a younger sister and younger brother. Tumes learned piano from the age of four years-old and as a teenager was enrolled into a classical piano course. She first signed with an Australian publisher, but by 1993 had moved to the United States. She wrote songs for Christian contemporary musicians such as Jaci Velasquez. In 1997 she signed with Sparrow Records, her debut album, Listen, was released in 1998.Her music has become popular worldwide, frequently being played on radio stations for the genre. Her style is a blend of soft acoustic pop with an ethereal element. She appeared on the Thomas Kinkade 2001 album, Music of Light, with Rob Mathes and Bill Miller. It included her 1998 hit, "Healing Waters", which was co-written by Tumes with Matt Husemann of Franklin, Tennessee. She also composed and performed songs in the movie No Greater Love.Personal lifeMichelle Tumes married Douglas Higgins on 26 December 1999.