New Single, "One Love Song," Released!

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My new tune, "One Love Song," is officially out in the world! You can find it on SpotifyiTunes, Google Play Music, or any other outlet of your choosing. Many thanks to Rolling Stone for premiering the track (they beautifully sum up the track below)! You can check out the song and read their full review here.

"Some people need quiet conversation or a long walk on the beach to sow the seeds of love - and others just need to dance. That phenomenon of the right song setting the heart afire is chronicled by Michaela Anne on her new track... 'One Love Song' is classic country for the modern age, where a little George Jones on the jukebox can drown out even the loudest mobile alerts."

This song is particularly special to me because honky tonks, country music and dancing have always had a big presence in my life. I wrote this song with my friend Maya de Vitry from the band the Stray Birds, and we intentionally wanted to try and capture that feeling of falling in love in a bar, over a dance, Urban Cowboy style. It's inspired by the notion of how quickly things can change in ones heart and through music. For me, it's a song of romantic hope, set in a dirty, dim lit bar with George Jones' aching voice as the soundtrack.

This past year I've been touring a lot with Sam Outlaw who's based in Los Angeles so I've been going to CA more often and been working with a lot of the musicians who play or have played in his band. I got together with a group of those musicians to record the tune out in Echo Park since we'd been playing it together. It features Elijah Ocean and Molly Jenson on vocals, Stephen Musselman on guitar, Aaron Goodrich on drums and Dan Destiny on fiddle.

"'One Love Song' showcases Anne's delicate vocal power, which can range from a strong, heartstring-tugging belt to a plainspoken whisper alongside her gift for simple, cutting lyrics. 'It only takes one love song,' she sings as the fiddle wails along and the drummer marches in a soft shuffle." -Rolling Stone

 

I'm returning to Europe and the UK!

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Pinching myself that I get to, once more, head to Europe and the UK for another tour with Sam Outlaw!

We'll be returning to many of the cities we visited this summer, but we'll also be making some new stops. We'll be performing in Spain for my very first time, as well as my first show in London. I will be, once again, pulling double duty, opening the shows as well as playing keys and singing in Sam's band. Check out the dates below!

October 17 - Madrid, ES - El Sol

October 18 - Valencia, ES - Loco Club

October 19 - Barcelona, ES – Rocksound

October 20 - Zaragoza, ES - Las Armas

October 21 - Bilbao, ES - Nave 9 (Maritime Museum)

October 23 - Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan

October 24 - Kristianstad, SE - Kulturkvarteret

October 25 - Copenhagen, DE - Pumpehuset

October 26 - Malmo, SE - Folk Å Rock

October 27 - Malmo, SE - Folk Å Rock

October 28 - Helsingborg, SE - The Tivoli

October 29 - Göteborg, SE - Pustervik

October 30 - Edinburgh, UK - The Caves

November 1 - Leicester, UK - The Musician

November 2 - London, UK - Dingwalls

November 3 - Pocklington, UK - Arts Centre

November 6 - Halden, NO - Bryggerhuset Syd

November 7 - Oslo, NO - John Dee

November 8 - Bergen, NO - Madam Felle

November 9 - Stavanger, NO – Folken

 

First EU Tour Announced!

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Since I've been actively touring, I've made it all over the US but I've never had the opportunity to perform in Europe. My family and I lived there while I was in high school and I've always dreamt of returning as a musician.

I am honored to announce that next month, that dream will come true! I'll be opening for Sam Outlaw in Sweden and the UK as well as playing keys and singing harmony in Sam's band.

Unfortunately, due to the conflicting dates, I won't be performing in Pinedale, WY or Grand Forks, ND this July, but I hope to be back to both spots soon! See below for a full list of my European tour dates (note: I'll be performing in Sam's band on all dates listed below AND I'll be performing a solo set on dates noted with an *)!

7/6 - Säter, SE @ Säterdalens Folkpark
7/7 - Bergsjo, SE @ Bergsjöparken*
7/8 - Halmstad, SE @ Immanuelskyrkan
7/9 - Göteborg, SE @ Pustervik*
7/11 - Falkenberg, SE @ Hwitan
7/12 - Hultsfred, SE @ Hulingen*
7/13 - Löderup, SE @ Solhällan
7/15 - Breim, NO @ Norsk Country Treff
7/16 - Oslo, NO @ John Dee*
7/20 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
7/22 - Gateshead, UK @ Summertyne Fest
7/23 - London, UK - Canary Wharf
7/24 - Bristol, UK @ Tunnels
7/25 - Oxford, UK @ Bullingdon
7/26 - Nottingham, UK @ The Glee Club
7/27 - Manchester, UK @ Night & Day Cafe
7/28 - Perth, UK @ Southern Fried Festival

Won't You Be My Neighbor EP for World Refugee Day

Earlier this year, I had the chance to contribute vocals (along with Josh Ritter, Sean Watkins, the Mastersons, and more!) to my friend Anthony D'Amato's new EP, Won't You Be My Neighbor. It's a collection of songs where 100% of the sales will be donated to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a group that is working to help refugees worldwide. Today is World Refugee Day, so if you feel so inspired to make a small difference, you can give the collection a listen and purchase here

"Easier Than Leaving" Single Release + Sam Outlaw Tour Starts!

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Today I kick off my North American tour with Sam Outlaw and I'm releasing an acoustic, live version of my song "Easier Than Leaving."

This version of "Easier Than Leaving" is a stripped down, live take from underneath the willow trees at my previous home in Nashville, TN. I always said I would record someday underneath the willows in the quiet of my backyard and this song was the last chance I had before the willow trees were torn down to make room for new development.

I'm fortunate to be joined by some amazing musicians and friends (Kristin Weber on fiddle and Erin Rae on harmony vocals) who perform with me one last time under the trees.

Rolling Stone called it a "brokenhearted ballad that measures the distance between honesty and heartbreak." You can find the song via iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music, or any other outlet of your choosing today! AND you can catch me (and Sam Outlaw) at one of the cities below!

All dates with Sam Outlaw unless noted by *

4/25 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
4/26 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
4/27 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement
4/28 - Goshen, IN @ Ignition Garage
4/29 - Evanston, IL @ SPACE
5/1 - Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
5/2 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
5/4 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
5/5 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon Lounge
5/6 - Omaha, NE @ Slow Down
5/9 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
5/10 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Blue Door
5/12 - Austin, TX @ Cactus Cafe
5/16 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
5/18 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
5/19 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
5/20 - Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret
5/21 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
5/23 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
5/24 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe's Alley (w/ The Stray Birds)*
5/25 - San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
5/27 - Port Angeles, WA @ Juan de Fuca Festival for the Arts*
5/30 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
5/31 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
6/1 - West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
6/2 - Fresno, CA @ Strummer's
6/3 - Bakersfield, CA @ B Ryders Bar

Tenderheart Tour w/ Sam Outlaw!

I had such a great time playing shows in San Francisco and LA with my friend Sam Outlaw, AND I'm super excited to announce that I'll be joining him on his Tenderheart Tour that starts in April and runs into June!

We'll be hitting up cities throughout the US, including a couple of stops in Canada, so if you missed us in Cali you can catch us this spring. Check out the tour dates below and visit my tour section for all the details!

Sending a huge thank you to Sam for inviting me out on this tour! 

PS - Rolling Stone announced the Tenderheart tour! Check out the article here.

April 25 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, Canada
April 26 - The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI
April 27 - The Basement - Columbus, OH
April 28 - Ignition Garage - Goshen, IN
April 29 - SPACE - Chicago, IL
May 1 - Shank Hall - Milwaukee, WI
May 2 - 7th St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN
May 4 - The Aquarium - Fargo, ND
May 5 - Icon Lounge - Sioux Falls, SD
May 6 - Slowdown - Omaha, NE
May 9 - Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
May 12 - Cactus Cafe - Austin, TX
May 16 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
May 18 - The State Room - Salt Lake City, UT
May 19 - Neurolux - Boise, ID
May 20 - Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, Canada
May 21 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA
May 23 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
May 25 - The Chapel - San Francisco, CA
May 30 - Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ
May 31 - The Casbah - San Diego, CA
June 1 - The Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA
June 2 - Strummer's - Fresno, CA
June 3 - B-Ryder's - Bakersfield, CA

"Easier Than Leaving" Video Premier on Rolling Stone Country

Rolling Stone Country premiered a brand new live video of my song "Easier Than Leaving" with Kristin Weber and Erin Rae helping me out on vocals. 

"Singer-songwriter Michaela Anne's 'Easier Than Leaving' describes infidelity and the pain of knowing too much, but the video serves as a lovely elegy to pre-growth spurt Nashville. Filmed in the heat of summer, the clip shows Anne singing under a willow tree in the yard where she used to live – before developers turned the place into a construction zone."

Check out the video below and click here to read Rolling Stone's premier!

2016 Recap!

2016 has been an interesting year for sure. I've been so incredibly grateful for the reception of my new album Bright Lights and the Fame, for the touring I've been able to do, and for the people who have come out to support the shows and purchase merchandise. You are what keeps this going.

I've been so fortunate for all the amazing press I've received this year, and to top things off, Bright Lights and the Fame was just named among Rolling Stone's "15 Great Country and Americana Albums You Didn't Hear in 2016," mixed in with some of my favorite records of the year from artists including John Prine and Wynonna! Read the article here!

HERE'S TO A BRIGHT (LIGHTS AND THE FAME) 2017!

 

 

I'm Heading Back to CA!

Heading back to beautiful California at the start of the new year for a few solo acoustic shows as well as opening a couple dates for my bud Sam Outlaw. Tickets on sale now!

1/12 - Brick 15 - Del Mar, CA
1/15 - SOhO - Santa Barbara, CA
1/18 - The Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA   
1/19 - Doc's Lab - San Francisco, CA*   
1/21 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA*
*shows w/ Sam Outlaw

Continue to check my tour page - I'll be adding more winter and spring shows soon!