Michaela Anne’s second album with Kingswood Records is ‘Bright Lights and the Fame’. She is a Brooklyn, New York girl who has relocated to Nashville and her brand of country music is very much geared towards the traditional market.
The album contains eleven tracks which have been described as a collection of “honky-tonkers and poignant ballads”. She has also been compared to Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris. Fine praise indeed.
This is a follow up to her 2014 debut album ‘Ease My Mind’ which she herself described as “self-reflective with a singer-songwriter vibe”.
On this occasion she has embraced the talents of Nashville based producers and songwriters and has made an album that showcases her “hidden extrovert”.
It’s produced by Dan Knobler and features writing collaborations with Rodney Crowell and Dave Brainard who was heavily featured on Brandy Clark’s ‘12 Stories’ album.
‘Won’t Go Down’ and the title track ‘Bright Lights and the Fame’ have the traditional country twang but the collaboration with Crowell ‘Luisa’ steals the show. A real foot-tapping honky tonk powerhouse track.
Another highlight is the first single release ‘Everything I Couldn’t Be’ which is a very fine heartbroken ballad and would not be out of place on a Kacey Musgraves album.
It’s good to see the recent upsurge in talented female country singers that are breaking into the mainstream market. We have embraced the likes of Maren Morris and more recently Margo Price. Michaela Anne might be another name to add to this growing list.