For singer-songwriter Anne Lalley, making things beautiful is as natural as breathing. Whether it is the soulful rock-path flower garden behind her Asheville, North Carolina home or the flowing songs she spins from the threads of her experiences, Anne Lalley does Life from the heart. And then there’s The Voice. Accomplished to the point of being able to perform anything from classical to Broadway, jazz to contemporary folk, Lalley’s "spine tingling" vocal style for her original songs ranges from naked tenderness to sultry pop.
Anne Lalley is a favorite performer in her local Asheville arena, where the home town support has grown into an "army of fans." She is an annual attraction at Asheville’s Bele Chere and First Night Festivals and is also known for attention-getting performances at regional events such as the Lake Eden Arts Festival and the Flat Rock Singer-Songwriter Festival. In fact, it is a rare folk venue in the mountains of Western North Carolina that this firmly established artist hasn’t played.
She has a unique history which comes out in her song writing, a process which she describes as "a way for me to try to know myself and how I'm reacting to the life around me." It’s often a painful path to walk, but Lalley covers her emotional ground with courage, insight and maturity.
Lalley performed in music theatre landing a lead role as "Janet" in the French production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in Paris. She earned her equity card at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., in an ensemble production of "A Christmas Carol." She then watched her career come to a halt when a drunk driver hit her car and left her with a severe neck injury. The resultant surgery left her without a voice for three months. On a trip to Central America, she could only watch as her best friend and traveling companion was killed in a traffic accident. And for years she spent much of her time caring for her invalid mother. Yet in spite of such intense personal set-backs, Lalley does not dwell in the depths. She pulls life's joys and humor into her writing with a grace and ease that belies her struggles. In fact, her warm wit and flat-out humor are inherent qualities that shine through her personality on stage, providing a captivating performance between the light and shadow of her songs. Lalley’s acclaimed debut CD of original songs, "Promise." features some of the finest musicians in New York and the southern mountains of her home and was recorded with Sony producer Rob Friedman.
Lalley’s current release, "Jungle Heart," produced by the award winning singer-songwnter, Chris Rosser, serves up a diverse mix of stunning vocals and arrangements with folk, pop and world influences. The track "Here In This Place" even features a Tibetan chant by Lalley’s friend, Bhagkang Tulku Rinpoche. U.S. Fingerstyle Champion and Windham Hill artist, Bill Mize is a frequent side-man and performed on both her debut and "Jungle Heart."
Like Lalley herself, these albums only getbetter with familiarity.