"On her latest album, Bright Lights And The Fame, Michaela Anne works through weepers and hits the honky-tonks as every great country singer should. Song after song, her confidence and conviction shine through without casting a shadow on her craft." - NPR
Named one of The Boot's 2018 "Artists to Watch."
Bright Lights and the Fame named among Rolling Stone's “15 Great Country and Americana Albums You Didn’t Hear in 2016.”
about michaela anne
A staple of the new Nashville scene of progressive indie-country artists, Michaela Anne is a writer with narrative depth and a timeless voice. On her 2014 album Ease My Mind, she was praised by The New York Times for her insightful songwriting, and has continued to pick up speed since. On her latest release, Bright Lights and the Fame, Michaela Anne achieved new creative heights and her catchy, complex songwriting paired with her sweet, steady voice yielded widespread critical praise from NPR, The New York Times, Noisey, Rolling Stone, and Stereogum, among others.
Rolling Stone named the album one of the “15 Great Country and Americana Albums You Didn’t Hear in 2016,” saying Michaela Anne’s music “evokes the country-rock sound of the Eagles and the emotional vocals of Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris,” while NPR wrote “Michaela Anne works through weepers and hits the honky-tonks as every great country singer should. Song after song, her confidence and conviction shine through without casting a shadow on her craft. Rodney Crowell even makes a cameo appearance on ‘Luisa,’ further solidifying her dirt-road cred.”
Since the release of Bright Lights and the Fame, Michaela Anne has remained in constant motion. She performed more than 100 shows in 2017, including festival performances at AmericanaFest and Bristol Rhythm & Roots, and embarked on three international tours with Southern California's Sam Outlaw.
In addition to touring, her song "Liquor Up" from Bright Lights and the Fame was placed on HBO's "Divorce," and she's continued to roll out multiple singles: 1) "Where Will I Be Found” featuring Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids, 2) an acoustic version of “Easier Than Leaving,” 3) “One Love Song” co-written with Maya de Vitry of The Stray Birds, 4) and Michaela's take on the Hank Williams classic "Your Cheatin' Heart." These songs have received praise from notable outlets including NPR’s Songs We Love and Rolling Stone alongside inclusion on major Spotify playlists including “The Pulse of Americana," “Torch and Twang,” and "Women of Folk."
Press surrounding bright lights and the fame
"On her latest album, Bright Lights And The Fame, Michaela Anne works through weepers and hits the honky-tonks as every great country singer should. Song after song, her confidence and conviction shine through without casting a shadow on her craft. Rodney Crowell even makes a cameo appearance on "Luisa," further solidifying her dirt-road cred."
"Enter Michaela Anne, who has come out of nowhere as our saving grace, our angel, the person who will help usher us into a new age with her latest album Bright Lights and Fame."
- Noisey by Vice
"A collection of honky-tonkers and poignant ballads, the record evokes the country-rock sound of the Eagles and the emotional vocals of Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris."
- Rolling Stone Country
"Michaela and Bright Lights ultimately display a lot of depth and diversity, with the melodies becoming more enriching with each listen, and her voice displaying incredible strength and emotion in moments, especially when she holds out notes in the higher register. Michaela Anne is more than just a pretty-faced firecracker in some vintage-inspired duds. There’s some really developed songwriting, structure, and themes here, while not forgetting to have a good time."
- Saving Country Music
"Lovelorn resignation is true to the spirit of this album, a healthy dose of the new oldfangled country and Michaela Anne’s self-confident first statement since moving from Brooklyn to Nashville two years ago. A former military brat with a sweet, steady voice and a songwriter’s alert emotional intelligence, she’s a formalist but not inflexible — unbroken even when her songs run bleak or bittersweet, which is most of the time."
- The New York Times
“'Luisa' is an energetic highway rambler about hitchhiking to Sacramento. Bolstered by aggressive honky-tonk guitar, rich pedal steel, and a casually commanding lead vocal, it bodes well for Michaela’s upcoming Bright Lights And The Fame.”
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