May Erlewine’s voice oozes with tenderness and vulnerability.

The Traverse City-based singer-songwriter has long been inspired by the hearts of the people as much as the one beating in her own chest. But the 14 songs on her latest offering, “Mother Lion,” released in November, is different somehow. It’s deeper. It’s richer. It’s raw.

May Erlewine focuses on matters of the heart

May Erlewine performs Friday night as part of the The Hanson Theatre Living Room Series at Lake Michigan College.

May Erlewine focuses on matters of the heart

May Erlewine performs Friday night as part of the The Hanson Theatre Living Room Series at Lake Michigan College.

May Erlewine focuses on matters of the heart

May Erlewine performs Friday night as part of the The Hanson Theatre Living Room Series at Lake Michigan College.

May Erlewine focuses on matters of the heart

May Erlewine performs Friday night as part of the The Hanson Theatre Living Room Series at Lake Michigan College.