Anna Garrott grew up in the small town of Troy, Alabama. A sweet southern girl who considered herself a tomboy. Her Grandmother introduced her to country music early on playing the music of Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Kitty Wells. “There was something so pure and original in each of their voices that was simply magical to me”, says Anna.
While performing at a local night club, Nashville Producer Rick Holt stopped by and heard Anna sing. Later the Indie label Blue Steel Records was formed with Steve Pope as Manager. Anna and Steve and owners of the label Vicki and Jimmy White worked together to release her debut album “Only Time Will Tell”. The album reflects her gutsy but sweet sounding country voice and her superb songwriting skills. It leaves listeners like me wanting more, which Anna is sure to provide for years to come.[youtube 3uSaSMWWhqY nolink]
You wrote your first song early on…..Tell me about it.
I wrote my first song, “Happy With Her”,around the age of 17 or 18. My inspiration for that was being on the emotional roller coaster that is being a teenager in love and needing some sort of outlet for all those emotions. My boyfriend at the time had broken my heart, and I was so hurt and mad that I decided to write about it. The words became poetry and then evolved into lyrics. Needless to say, the boy didn’t last, but writing has.
What do you want to say thru your music?
There isn’t one single message that I want to say, but many rather. The one common thread that I try to use in my music is honesty. There are plenty of “touchy feely” songs out there, but I like to write about feelings that we really experience in day to day life. For example, the real ebb and flow of a relationship, the pain of love lost, or learning to love yourself.
What makes you different/unique?
Someone along the way coined the phrase to describe me as “Kick ass with class”, and I can’t think of a better way to sum up the “Anna Garrott Experience”. My songs and shows are energy packed with a little Stevie Ray or Skynard sprinkled in, but I also do it all in what I think is a classy way. For some reason girls in the music biz seem to be pushed sometime to have a scandalous image to get noticed, but I simply refuse to do so. The fans I have and want simply love the music I make and that should speak for itself.
What would you like to be doing five years from now?
Enjoying the royalties for all the hit songs I have written for other artists! (kidding, but not really :) I just hope I am still doing what I love and making a living doing it.
Are there any tours or cds planned and if so tell me about them?
I have been writing like crazy for the past year and a half, so I am dying to get in the studio for the sophomore album. There are not exact dates on that, but the plans are definitely in the works!
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