The New Nashville: Michaela Anne

Angelina Castillo

Michaela Anne is one of Nashville’s next generation country artists that are tipping their hats to a more traditional sound, but she’s not jumping on any bandwagons. In fact, Anne has been supplying stellar self-written tracks for years, beginning with 2011’s thoughtful LP, To Know Where.

Since moving to Nashville last year, Anne has dived even deeper into the realm of country music. Her budding new relationship with the genre culminated into Bright Lights and the Fame, her upcoming album on Kingswood Records. The Brooklyn native brings a new attitude to her new honky-tonk ready tracks, many of which were co-written with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Brainard. Country legend Rodney Crowell even makes an appearance on the album, proving that some of the biggest names in Music City have recognized Anne’s talents.

Much like Kelsey Waldon and Margo Price, Anne is the latest female country artist from Nashville to provide a strong and unapologetic viewpoint. Bright Lights and the Fame is likely to put the New York transplant on the map as one of the most promising new artists in town.

What She Sounds Like: A mixture of Alison Krauss‘ pure and sweet tone with Emmylou Harris‘ grit and wisdom.

Required Listening: “Won’t Go Down,” a punchy, guitar-driven anthem about standing your ground and being true to yourself, no matter what.

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The New Nashville: Michaela Anne