"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
Austin, TX based emerging singer/songwriter Anna Larson made her solo album debut in February 2019 with “Shifting Sand”, a collection of keyboard-driven Americana that loves the right word, paired with a healthy dose of Texas soul. From growing up on gospel, through years spent as a classical pianist, Larson has taken the scenic route in music. Tapped as "an Austin artist worth watching" by Austin-American Statesman's Peter Blackstock, her songwriting has also gained acclaim as a winner in the 2019 Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competion.
"Beauty is what I'm chasing... beautfy can groove, beauty can tell a story."
Emerging singer/songwriter Anna Larson creates tones and colors that loves the right word. With a healthy dose of Texas soul, and 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,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 recently released in February 2019, preceded by a pair of singles in December 2018 and January 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 also selected as second place winner of the 2019 Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition, where Larson performed on the MainStage of the festival. She will also be appearing at the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival in October 2019 in Dripping Springs, Texas, where she will be performing her songs along with songwriters from all over the world. 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 (The Wheelwrights) and 2018 (Beach Slang/Quiet Slang).
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