Songwriter, Artist, Producer, Teacher … And All That Jazz.
Anna Wilson may be best known for the warm, sultry tone of her vocals, especially when leant to the swinging, syncopated beats and complex chord progressions found on any one of her five critically acclaimed jazz albums. But in contrast to the often improvised, enigmatic and unscripted moments that are synonymous with jazz music, Anna’s diverse professional portfolio is one that she’s methodically planned out – crafted with intent, precision and good, old-fashioned hard work.
As a writer, Anna’s proven to be a pivotal resource for several artists perched atop Nashville’s star, having regularly penned songs for some of the biggest names in American country music including Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lee Ann Womack and Lady Antebellum, and it doesn’t stop there. As a cross-genre songwriter, some of her most impressive work resides on the jazz originals she both writes and frequently performs herself – works that are just as much innovative as they are timeless, standing tall next to the well-known standards from the Great American Songbook and Tin Pan Alley era.
It’s apparent Anna’s long-term success as a songwriter isn’t exclusively in debt to her persona as a free-spirited jazz artist. In fact, it’s her intimate understanding of the differences and her ability to know when improvisation is appropriate and when it’s best to buckle down and go to work systematically that qualifies her to teach these concepts to any serious songwriter who will listen. It just so happens that’s exactly what she has in store through her latest endeavor, Musician Labs.
Musician Labs is the first-of-its-kind, comprehensive, no-nonsense instructional series for aspiring songwriters, dedicated to teaching the proven principles necessary for sustaining a successful career in the music business. It’s the ability to differentiate the art from the science and know how to apply it that’s the key to having longevity as a songwriter. Anna states:
“Making the decision to chase songwriting as a career takes a ton of courage. It’s unconventional, bold and bravely romantic. Unfortunately for most, the romance ends in heartbreak more often than it does a happy ending. Far too many songwriters get fixated on catching lightening in a bottle — the notion that a hit song is written on the wings of a clever idea, which is usually why most fail. We’re here to dispel that myth and give serious songwriters a chance at serious success, but to get there, they must first understand the process. Just like a good idea requires a good plan, so does a good song. In writing toward a hit, there’s a starting point, an end point, and the mad science in between. That’s why we’ve opened the Lab — to start teaching the science.”
Anna is launching Musician Labs with her writer/producer husband, Monty Powell, which comes on the heels of the duo having recently completed production on their much-anticipated album,”A Nashville State of Mind”, a collaborative project that celebrates legendary performing artist and songwriter, Billy Joel. The record is comprised of Joel’s classic works, reimagined and freshly recorded by the who’s who in country and popular music. Artists appearing on the album include Willie Nelson, Keith Urban, Lyle Lovett, Gavin DeGraw, Zac Brown Band and a host of others, all paying tribute and celebrating Joel’s 50th anniversary as a songwriter. Not a shabby opening-act for Musician Labs.
Anna Wilson – The Artist
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