"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 and pianist, fusing diverse musical roots with piano-driven originality.
Larson has been releasing new music each month since June 2021, including new ambient cinematic piano meditations, culminating in a new EP slated for release in December. A collaboration with composer/producer Lang Freeman, these pieces explore Larson’s modern classical influences by composers and songwriters alike. 2021 has also seen the release of "Cocoon": an experimental Americana visual album & sonic time capsule, made completely in isolation during 2020. Her song “Acting Alone” has appeared on NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered”, as well as placing in the 2019 Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition.
2022 holds more new music releases (this time exploring dark cinematic pop), as well as an online course launch.
Award-winning singer/songwriter and pianist Anna Larson is an emerging Americana artist fusing her diverse musical Texas roots with piano-driven originality. Since the February 2019 release of her debut solo album, Larson has received recognition from NPR Music and the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.
“This is Larson at her most powerful…surreal, unsettling, inspiring, wonderful.” Laurie Gallardo, KUTX radio
Larson has embarked on a new collaboration with composer/producer Lang Freeman on a collection of ambient modern classical instrumental pieces, exploring Larson’s modern classical influences by composers and songwriters alike (Agnes Obel to Dustin O’Halloran). She began releasing a new work each month in summer of 2021, and plans to continue for the rest of 2021, and into next year.
Larson’s first solo single, “Acting Alone”, (self-released April 2018) was a designated benefit for Moms Demand Action. In August of 2019, Bob Boilen from NPR’s All Songs Considered featured this song and Larson in a session at the CD Baby DIY Musician Conference as well as including it in his long-running national series, “All Songs Considered”. “Acting Alone” was also recognized as 2nd place winner in the 2019 Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition. Larson was honored to perform at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in July 2019.
2019 also saw the release of, “Shifting Sand”, a distinctive collection of Americana rife with Texas soul. It has since been followed by 2021’s self-recorded/produced visual album "Cocoon": a 7 song visual album & sonic time capsule, made completely in isolation during 2020.
“Beauty is what I’m chasing. Beauty can groove, beauty can make you hold your breath, beauty can tell a story.” Anna Larson
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. Spending most of early adulthood dedicated to the high art of classical piano, Larson continued to write, searching for ways to fuse these two powerful influences: the beauty of high art and the power of heartfelt songwriting.
Having spent years in Austin, Texas running a successful piano studio, Larson woke up to a mid-life creative epiphany. “I’d been writing scripts for live theatre- doing lots of collaborative work with words. Out of the blue I decided to write an original score for a production. After that, I knew what I needed from the universe. I needed to get back to music.”
Songwriting and singing kicked into high gear soon after, joining a number of Austin bands and songwriting groups, including Austin indie-folk outfit The Wheelwrights as co-writer/keyboards/vocalist. This creative over-drive eventually led her to form her own band and branch out as a solo artist.
“Larson stand(s) out as an Austin artist worth watching...” Peter Blackstock, Austin 360 Music blog
Pandemic isolation has led Larson to focus on what is most important: following her own creative voice and observing beauty in the everyday. She continues to compose and create and educate from her Austin home studio, while parenting her 3 teenaged children alongside her husband. Larson plans to continue releasing new music every month for the foreseeable future, exploring everything from folk to synth pop to modern classical.
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