Emily Anderson | Singer/Songwriter

On the Road Again! FAR-West & Simple Things

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016

On the Road Again! FAR-West & Simple Things

It’s funny how I always forget what silence feels like. I’m currently sitting on the floor in my producer’s brother’s old bedroom in Erie, Pennsylvania, listening only to the drone of a ceiling fan and a perturbed bird outside the window. It feels amazing. This weekend was FAR-West, a conference in Bellvue for musicians, venue owners, house concert curators, and booking agents to gather together and connect. I was invited by Alaskan musician Karrie Pavish-Anderson, who is not only one of the most talented singers I know, but also she’s simply the loveliest person to be around. We traveled to Bellevue together from Fairbanks, and when we met up in Fairbanks, we realized we didn’t even know if the other person had siblings or not. But it didn’t matter; it felt like we had been long-time friends. And we got the sibling thing straightened out pretty quickly. The weekend is a blur. I didn’t have much concept of time because we were in a hotel the whole time and a full-night’s sleep was impossible, so I just stole naps when I could. Workshops were from 9am-5pm, then the main showcase stage had a show from 7-10pm, and the “Private Guerilla Showcases” (for the particularly shy gorillas) were on two floors of hotel rooms from 10pm-2am. I had 8 showcases in 3 days. Craziness. I was worried it was going to be a weekend of networking bombardment and a hurricane of business cards, but the community there was so kind and encouraging, it was more like summer camp than an episode of Survivor. Karrie and I stayed at the hotel on the “PGS” floor with two other wonderful songstresses, Mindy Dillard and Amber Ikeman. We named our room the “Ladies’ Lair” and it was a kind little refuge amidst the chaos, a perfect place for heart to hearts and tea drinking. So why am I in Erie, Pennsylvania? I’m embarking on an adventure with my dear friend and producer Mike Adams to finish recording my album, “Simple Things”. He’s got a car resembling a storm trooper that we are going to drive to Nashville in a few days, then drive back to Erie and hop on a plane to LA to finish vocals and overdub some final touches before hunkering down with the incredible Jordan King for final mixes. IT’S HAPPENING!!!!! Excited feels like a word I’ve been using too...

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Aurora Birch Tour

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016

Aurora Birch Tour

About to embark upon a little Alaska tour with the lovely and unforgettable Aurora Birch! We might be in your neck of the woods very soon :). Thursday August 18- Fairbanks, The Marlin, 7pm Friday, August 19- Anchorage, Taproot, 7pm Saturday, August 20- Anchorage, House Show, 6:30pm- Click here for details! Thursday, August 25- Healy, Tonglen Lake Lodge,...

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Rasmuson Individual Artist Awards

Posted by on May 25, 2016

Rasmuson Individual Artist Awards

I am thrilled and humbled to announce I have been selected for the 2016 Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation! I can’t express how grateful I am for this opportunity to create the art I want to with the people I love. It is an honor to share the roster with these incredibly talented artists I am proud to call my peers. In other words… YAYYYYYYYY!!!!! To every struggling artist out there, KEEP GOING!! Great things can happen if you keep working hard, making authentic art, and don’t let the doubt win. Thank you Rasmuson Foundation for supporting Alaskan artists and offering these life changing opportunities. http://www.rasmuson.org/news/foundation-announces-2016-individual-artist-award-recipients/ Here I am with yellow legs and not quite sure where to look… Standing next to two of my favorite Alaska ladies– Christy NaMee Eriksen and Karrie Pavish...

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Los Angeles and Home Again!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016

Los Angeles and Home Again!

The last leg(s) of my nomad adventure were Los Angeles, Seattle, Tuscon, then home again to Alaska! L.A. was a wonderful, sunshiney, soul talk filled, whirlwind week and a half. I recorded final vocals for the Boobs song in my dear friend John Silos’ closet (feel free to be envious of my glamorous lifestyle) and it’s going to sound AWESOME. Seriously, John is so rad and he’s working with a bunch of up-and-coming pop stars so I feel really lucky he’s a part of this album. (SHAMELESS PLUG GO LOOK AT MY FRIEND STEWART WHO HE ALSO PRODUCES—>Click!!). Also got to catch up with some of my closest friends in the world, including frolicking in the woods with the handsome gentlemen pictured below (Yeah I guess Los Angeles has some woods!!). The gentleman on the left is the INCREDIBLE Jordan King, who will be using his wizard skills to mix my album, and the young Gandalf gentleman is the AMAZING Liam Lewis, who is a dope mandolin and fiddle player. I’ve been home about a week, and it’s definitely been an adjustment transitioning back to normal routine life. It feels great to be home in a lot of ways, but I’ve already started daydreaming about my next trip…or move?    ...

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Nashville!

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016

Nashville!

It’s been a whirlwind week! Such a surreal feeling running into so many familiar faces in an unfamiliar place. I was fortunate enough to record with some wonderful people at White Bridge Studios– these are musicians I played with in college and it felt like a class reunion in the best way. We recorded “Escape Route”, “Box of Bones” and bass and violin for “Simple Things”. Thank you to Tommy Leland, Gavin O’Broin, Ali Veech, Jason Chambliss, Elisabeth Beckwitt, Russ Sternglass, and Lars Thorson for sharing your talents and brains with these songs. I keep oscillating between feeling nostalgic and grateful, which are really the same thing but on different dimensions. I’ve been having a lot of conversations on this trip. Listening to people’s stories of where they’re at and how they feel about this stage in life and careers. Although my friends have diverged and pursued different paths in the realm of the music industry, there’s a string of phrases that keep bubbling up. “I’m not doing what I want” “I don’t know what my next step is” “I don’t know where I should move” “Everybody’s getting engaged. Shit.” As an outsider looking in, all of these individuals would be classified as successful contributors to society. Making a life for themselves, forging ahead in an industry filled with uncertainty. But after just a few minutes of talking, we all had similar things to say. The same insecurities, the same fears, the same unsteadiness that comes with working in a field without corporate ladders to cling to and climb. I guess what it all comes down to, is nobody knows what they’re doing. Even if their Instagram is sparkly and impressive, even if they are managing to work full time in music, even if they have a sweet job and a great apartment with two Keurigs. I feel so lucky to have people in my life willing to open up to me, willing to have bigger conversations to try and figure out what our role is here in our communities and on this crazy blue marble of a planet. All we can do is take it one step at a time, tell people you love them, and remember to breathe (preferably with a glass of wine in your hand).   Thanks for reading. You are...

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