Anna Gilbert is a gifted singer-songwriter from Eugene, Oregon who sheds light on the honesty of humanity with her beautiful and haunting songs. She has a charming way of telling stories about love and life – and bringing hope and sweetness into the heartbreak and sadness.
The Oregon native’s childhood memories are suffused with sound, melody, and the songs of James Taylor and Ricky Skaggs, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell. Her father was a music major and teacher before becoming a minister, and both her parents performed in a bluegrass band that performed regularly. Gilbert followed suit, writing songs and accompanying herself on piano or guitar. While studying as an English major in college, her musical journey continued when she signed an artist-development deal with Grammy-Award winning producer Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, Brett Dennen, The Lone Bellow) after a chance meeting in Seattle.
“She’s the surprise you’ve been waiting for,” Peacock claims, “Not only are her music skills in order, her personality is magnetic. She’s the kind of artist I love to work with — daring, teachable, funny, loving, and serious all at the same time.”
Peacock and Gilbert recorded her first full-length album “Your Love My Medicine” – an experience that would further establish her underpinnings as a budding singer and songwriter and earn her awards in her home town as “The Next Big Thing” and “Inspirational Artist of the Year” at the “Indie Momentum Awards” in Nashville, TN.
In 2009 she collaborated with Sam Ashworth and Matt Slocum of platinum-selling band Sixpence None the Richer for her “Like a River” EP and followed that up in 2011 with a holiday release entitled “Christmas” which she co-produced with band mate Wilson Parks. Her upcoming new album is titled, “The Able Heart.”
Although Gilbert and her band have spent the past few years touring the West Coast, Gilbert considers herself primarily a songwriter. She has written and sold songs with WORD Publishing and Twenty Ten Music in Nashville, TN and has a song featured on the soundtrack for the Fox Movie movie “Change of Plans”.
“I’m not an entertainer as much as I am, first and foremost, a storyteller and songwriter,” Gilbert states, “I am a chronic social sponge when it comes to what’s going on around me, but I always try to put the glories and disasters of the human experience into my songs in hopes that it will lift people’s spirits and give them peace in life.” And she does. Her down-to-earth femininity injects playfulness and adventure into the simplicities of every day life as she brings you into her memories and into her home with songs that become the soundtrack to life – telling stories we all know – stories that are ours.