By: LB Rogers
Black River’s rising neo-soul influenced artist Abby Anderson is scheduled for a special two-song performance at MusicRow’s seventh annual Rising Women on the Row celebration. Sponsored by City National Bank, Loeb & Loeb LLP, and Tri Star Sports and Entertainment Group, the ceremony will salute six music businesswomen on Tuesday, March 27 at 8:30 a.m. at Omni Nashville Hotel.
The 2018 honorees have been announced as Faithe Dillman (Founder/CEO, Marbaloo); Leslie DiPiero (General Manager, Tree Vibez Music); Becky Gardenhire (Partner, WME); Lynn Oliver-Cline (President/Founder, River House Artists); Annie Ortmeier (VP, Marketing-Digital Accounts, Universal Music Group Nashville); Janet Weir (President/42 Entertainment; Manager, Red Light Management).
A four-speaker panel will include Tracy Gershon (Co-founder of Change The Conversation, Manager, Consultant), Mary Hilliard Harrington (Manager, Red Light Management), Rose Palermo (Attorney), and Ann Powers (NPR Music Critic and Correspondent).
Twenty year old Texas native Abby Anderson has spent much of her youth behind a piano singing the songs of her favorite artists such as Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Elvis, Stevie Wonder, and K.T. Oslin. In 2014, her unique arrangement of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” renamed “Let Freedom Ring,” caught the attention of radio journalist/host Glenn Beck who had Anderson perform the patriotic song on his show, gaining her immediate national attention. The song made the Billboard Top 100 and iTunes Country Music Chart Top Ten, with all proceeds from the song going to charity.
With momentum from her national debut and the encouragement of CAA agent Kylen Sharpe, Anderson graduated early from high school and moved to Nashville three years ago to chase her dream of a career in music. Upon arriving in Music City, Anderson began paying her dues in clubs by playing gigs in local favorites, including The Bluebird Café, The Listening Room Café and the Tin Roof, while working as a nanny. A few years later Anderson was presented with a publishing and recording deal with Black River Entertainment while on stage during a charity event at the Ryman Auditorium.
Already named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country for 2018 and a CMT Listen Up Artist—#18for2018, the industry is taking notice of Abby Anderson with Pandora naming her as one of “2018 Country Artists to Watch” and The Boot listing her among their “2018 Artists to Watch.” She has also had the opportunity to share the stage with music icons such as Peter Frampton, Lee Greenwood, Angela Johnson, and Peter Cetera.
Anderson is currently in the studio writing and recording for her debut single and forthcoming album on Black River.
Photo: David Bean/Provided courtesy of Black River Entertainment
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