"embracing and inspired by beauty in all its forms... all the magic behind the stories we share…surreal, unsettling, inspiring, wonderful."
Laurie Gallardo, Austin Music Minute, KUTX 98.9
“an Austin artist worth watching...the gentle beauty of her voice…leaves the most lasting impression.”
Peter Blackstock, Austin American Stateman 360 music blog
“Beauty is what I’m chasing” Anna Larson is an emerging singer-songwriter, fusing diverse musical roots with piano-driven originality.
Larson's latest release "Cocoon": 7 original songs plus an accompanying short film- is out Jan 29, 2021, and was made completely in isolation during 2020. Larson has appeared on NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered”, as well as placing in the 2019 Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition. She made her solo album debut in February 2019 with “Shifting Sand”- a distinctive collection of songs rife with soul and Americana.
Emerging singer/songwriter Anna Larson creates tones and colors that loves the right word. With "Cocoon", a visual EP and second solo release from rising singer-songwriter Anna Larson, she expands her horizons to create a time capsule – a collection of seven original songs with accompanying film, found sound and archival footage. With a dedication to craft and musicianship, she paints the world as she sees it. Tapped as "an Austin artist worth watching" by Austin-American Statesman's Peter Blackstock, this 2019 Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competion award winner is poised to bring her voice and search for beauty to a wider audience.
“Writing a new song is like making a new best friend. These songs are unlike any friends I’ve ever had- but then again this past year was unlike any year I’ve ever lived.“ All music and visuals were created by Larson in her South Austin home during 2020, with remote collaborations by Mikey Best (drums), and Ramblecreek Recording’s Britton Beisenherz (mixing, additional production). A single mic, acoustic guitar and piano, and a view of the world from the inside out, provided the inspiration for this collection.
“Cocoon” releases Friday, January 29 on all platforms, with an invite-only livestream viewing party of music and film.
following her recent full-length album, Shifting Sand.
“Beauty is what I’m chasing... Beauty can groove, beauty can tell a story.”
A piano player since the age of 6, music and words have always held magic for Anna Larson. Old-time gospel in church, alongside her dad’s guitar playing and country record collection, planted deep storytelling roots- she cut her teeth on Willie Nelson lullabies. Spending most of early adulthood dedicated to the high art of classical piano, Larson continued to write and search, never quite feeling at home creatively, wondering where her place would be.
Having spent years in Austin, Texas running a successful piano studio, writing with a local theatre collective and raising a family, Larson woke up to a creative epiphany. “I’d been writing scripts for live theatre- doing lots of collaborative work. And one day, it was like I just knew that it was time for me to start writing music. I didn’t know exactly how I was going to get there, but I knew it was time to ask the universe for what I wanted.” Soon after, having joined Austin indie-folk band The Wheelwrights as their keyboard player, Larson started singing, and then writing, songs. She began playing keys and singing with as many groups as she could, frequenting open mics, and joined a song-writing group.
“A friend once told me that we're either growing or dying. I knew it was my time to grow"
Larson's debut full-length, “Shifting Sand” delivers a distinctive collection of songs rife with Texas soul and Americana amplified by lush strings and moody, thoughtful conflations. Recorded at Ramble Creek Recording with engineer/producer Britton Beisenherz (Will Johnston, Western Youth, Monahans), it was released in February 2019.
Her first single as a solo artist, “Acting Alone”, was released in April 2018 as a benefit for Moms Demand Action. "Acting Alone" was highlighted by Bob Boilen for inclusion in NPR's "All Songs Considered" and was also selected as second place winner of the 2019 Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition, where Larson performed on the MainStage of the festival. She has toured regionally, as well as appearing at the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival in Dripping Springs, Texas. With her indie-folk band The Wheelwrights, she released 2017’s full-length album/art project, “A Forest In Trees” and has been a SXSW official showcasing artist in 2017 and 2018 with The Wheelwrights and other projects.
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