America’s Got Talent finalist & NBC’s Songland season 2, episode 8 split-winner Anna Graceman, is a dynamic singer-songwriter, who has recently released her emotional new album ‘The Way The Night Behaves’.
Anna has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her latest album, along with getting to know more from the artist behind the music.
Hey Anna, thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. Can you start by introducing yourself to the readers?
Anna: Hey, thank you so much for having me! I’m Anna Graceman, a singer-songwriter and pianist originally from Juneau, Alaska. I moved to Nashville, Tennessee a few years ago to immures myself in music.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
Anna: I’ve been passionate about music for as long as I can remember. I’ve been told that I actually started singing before I started talking. When I discovered the piano at 4, I begged my parents to put me in lessons. In the first grade, I learned that I loved to write stories. I’d been singing and creating melodies for a while at that point and soon realized that I could combine my love of music with my love of storytelling. That’s when I wrote my first song.
How would you describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your music?
Anna: I would say overall my music leans Pop/Soul. My sound has evolved over the years but the core of it has always been powerful vocals and a song that tells a story.
You have just released your brand new album ‘The Way The Night Behaves’, which sounds amazing by the way. How did the idea to create this album come together?
Anna: Thank you so much! This album actually started when I challenged myself at the beginning of 2019 to release a song and a video every month for the year. I wanted to push myself and get out of my comfort zone. It was super stressful at times but very rewarding in the end! The album is made up of those 12 previously released songs with a couple of new ones.
What are some of the biggest influences behind this album?
Anna: Personal experiences definitely influenced this album. I have songs about love, losing a loved one, celebrating the good times and working through life-changing events. In this past couple of years, there have been a lot of highs and lows. I’ve been able to channel my emotions into the songs. Most of those songs are on this album.
How would you describe the creative process behind this album, compared to your previous releases?
Anna: The creative process for this album was unique because I worked on each song individually. I looked at what made that song special and did my best to highlight it. It was fun because looking at each song on its own allowed me to lean into different genres.
What are some of your favourites songs to feature on the album?
Anna: I love each song but the one’s I find myself playing the most are “Fragile”, “Bad For Me” and “Night Follows”.
What does this album personally mean to you?
Anna: I’ve put a little bit of myself into every component of this album. I was involved in writing and producing the songs, I co-directed the videos and created album art. It was an amazing growing experience. It’s special because music has always been a therapy for me. I share very personal feelings and experiences in my songs. Creating this album has allowed me to work through a lot of things. Releasing these songs (and videos) as an independent artist is a huge accomplishment for me.
If listeners could take away one message from this album, what would you like it to be?
Anna: When I hear a song that says the words I’ve been thinking, it’s amazing to know that someone out there feels the same way I do. I hope my songs can make others feel that way. Connected and like they’re not alone.
What are some of the things you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Anna: I love vinyl records! I’ve been collecting them for a few years now. I also enjoy thrifting.
What is one song you always keep on your playlist & why?
Anna: “Jealous” by Labrinth. It gives me the feels every single time I listen to it.
If you could duet with anyone on the planet, who would you choose & why?
Anna: I think Jacob Banks has an incredible voice. Singing a song with him would be such an honor.
What’s the best piece of advice someone has shared with you about pursuing a career in music?
Anna: Someone brought to my attention once that the music business and music are two different things. Being able to see them separately has helped me in so many ways.
Finally, is there anything you would like to say to the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Anna: When you find something you’re passionate about, don’t let it go. Go for it.
You can check out the full album on Spotify below.