SBL Entertainment Presents
Anna Nalick (Spokane, WA)
901 W Sprague
Spokane, WA, 99201
Anna Nalick is beginning to live her dreams. As one of the new breed of singer-songwriters for the new century, the 20-year-old California native has put the finishing touches on Wreck of the Day, her debut album, and the result is a refreshing blend of sophisticated wordplay, haunting melodies, sublime textures and atmosphere, and the arrival of an unmistakable new voice in pop music, full of youthful exuberance and provocative reflection.
"Inspiration comes from a variety of sources," she says of her songs. "They're not necessarily about my personal experiences, but sometimes just observations of situations or relationships of different people I've known. They get funneled through my own inner psychology. Whatever the source of the interpretation, the feelings I get are personal. I find a need to write these feelings down in words and the melody follows."
Citing a wide range of influences running from Fiona Apple and Tori Amos, with whom she shares a complex feminine poignancy, to Blind Melon and John Mayer, whose adroit poetic paradoxes reverberate in her songs, to Stevie Ray Vaughan, whom she calls, simply, "The guy that I'm going to marry when I get to heaven," Nalick generates a sound and sensibility distinctly her own.
"From the time I was a little girl I just knew I wanted to be a performer" she recalls. "My earliest inspiration came from my grandparents, they both performed on Broadway, mainly in the chorus. My grandmother even danced with Fred Astaire. She was in the stage versions of the Marx Brothers' 'Coconuts' and 'Animal Crackers.' I learned many of the songs from those old shows from my grandmother who taught them to me when I was a kid." Anna's grandmother passed on when Anna was in the 8th grade, but her tales of classic old school "show business" instilled in Anna the passionate desire to become a performer herself.
Anna grew up in Glendora, just east of Pasadena, California. "A town with a main street with an ice cream shop," is how she describes it, "like out of 'Back To The Future.'" When Anna was 14, her father turned her on to the sounds of Elvis and the Everly Brothers, while her mother spun disks for Anna by artists like the Rolling Stones, Cream, and Led Zeppelin.
Anna marks the approximate beginnings of her songwriting career with memories of 5th grade math class: "I was sitting there, not paying attention, as usual, and rewriting lyrics to a Cranberries' song. I'd also listen to Green Day and pick out bass notes on guitar. I figured out that I could put that all together and write my own melodies."
By the time Anna reached high school, her musical aspirations were in full swing. In addition to writing her own songs, she was developing as a live performer, singing on-stage with a Rush cover band. "I was also in a band with my best guy friend and we played hard rock songs," she recalls, "and I had to be really angry and do a lot of screaming." But the Rush and metal covers were a far cry from Anna's true musical calling: the writing and performing of her own original and personal songs.
Anna's original plan was to go to college and then follow her dream of a career in music. As she began college, she continued writing and documented her songs on a Rainbow Brite cassette tape recorder. She soon met a photographer (who taught a class at a local high school) who mentioned to Anna that one of her students had parents in the music business. Anna passed along a six song lo-fi home demo and the next thing she knew, that student's mother, a manager of producers and other talent, introduced Anna to Christopher Thorn and Brad Smith, the founding members of Blind Melon now turned production team, and Eric Rosse, best known for his production work with Tori Amos.
Suddenly, Anna Nalick was working on a master demo with some of the very artists who'd helped inspire her in the beginning. "That was my first experience in a professional studio," she says. "It was amazing. I couldn't believe it was really happening. I loved having my music fully realized! We immediately began to play the demo to a select number of record companies and within about two weeks, I had label interest." Anna Nalick signed with Columbia Records in October 2003.
Putting her college plans on hold, Anna went into the studio with Thorn, Smith and Rosse as producers, together with mix-engineer Mark Endert (Fiona Apple, Maroon 5, Gavin DeGraw) and an all-star group of musicians that included Smith on bass, Thorn on guitar, Rosse and Zak Rae (Alanis Morissette, Macy Gray, Sinead O Connor) on keyboards, Lyle Workman (Frank Black, Sheryl Crowe, They Might Be Giants) and Stuart Mathis (Jewel) on guitar, Joey Waronker (Beck, Johnny Cash, Nelly Furtado) and Matt Chamberlain (Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, David Bowie, John Mayer) on drums. The result is Wreck of the Day, a collection of 11 songs showcasing the burgeoning and complex talent of Anna Nalick.
While a song like "Breathe (2am)" is a little vignette of "three different situations that were intertwined during a particular period of time," a track like "Citadel," is pure unadulterated Anna. "I think that one describes me the most," she confesses. "It was written at a time when I just wasn't felling like I fit in, I was feeling tentative and afraid to just jump in with both feet. There's a line in the song--'What if I fall? What if I don't? What if I never make it home?' It's saying that it's one thing to be afraid, but you'll never know if you'll make it or not unless you try. There's still this little girl inside me, who may be just a little scared, but at the same time, really wants to dive in and experience all those big exciting possibilities around her."
With Wreck of the Day, Anna Nalick touches on a lot of big things, in a personal and engaging way, and invites the world to join her.
…a 23 year old dreamer who croons like Jason Mraz, hugs like a best friend and embodies a magnetic, good-guy charm reminiscent of a male version of Taylor Swift…
Houston born, Boston raised Dan Godlin spent high school jumping back and forth between two lives: that of a rough and tough football captain, and that of a sensitive, heartfelt musician. Once his college years arrived, Dan chose to follow music, despite being scouted by Ivy League schools for two consecutive record-breaking seasons. While bouncing around campuses across the country, including a brief stint at UCLA and final semesters at NYU, Godlin recorded his first album, Loving on Empty.
The full debut album of 13 self-written songs revolves around the uncertainty of young love and the rollercoaster of a good-guy's mix of frustration and compassion. In March 2011, his debut single "My Hurricane" broke the Top 200 Hot Adult Contemporary Charts. The following year his upbeat, sing-along single "Did She Look" hit number 3 on Channel One's iHeart Radio's New!, and Dan was named Channel One's Artist of the Month as well as nominated for 2012 Artist of the Year.
Godlin's brand new EP, In Between, puts romance on the back burner. Co-written and produced by Jim McGorman and Robb Vallier in late 2012, Dan refers to the collection of five songs as a "concept album" revolving around the quarter life crisis and a generation struggling with the dichotomy between actual reality and the "follow your heart" fairytale it was raised to believe. The unique sounds and lyrics on this EP reveal a more mature Godlin, an earnest artist described in a Bloginity.com profile as:
The red-headed musician, now based in NYC, takes his pop/rock cues from bands like Matchbox Twenty, the Goo Goo Dolls, Counting Crows and The Fray, to name a few. His songs are high-energy and emotional, an honest take on the confusion of life from a young man full of hope and good intentions.