Every once in awhile you become exposed to an artist who is new to you and immediately connect to the music. Such is the case with the music of Michaela Anne. Admittedly, a week ago I had never heard of this young country classicist, however, Michaela Anne has been building her name on the Americana circuit playing shows throughout the country, performing at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Merlefest, SXSW, WDVX's Blue Plate Special, and the Folk Alliance International.
Her new album, Ease My Mind, will be released on Georgia June Records on April 8th.
Ease My Mind is an album that creates an atmosphere for the listener; whether she is singing about the joys of relationships, the drawbacks of them or forging one's own path, the songs make you feel. The appeal of the clean and simply produced album is twofold. The songs are insightful, emotional stories delivered by an ethereal, clear, and honest, voice that draws you in and holds you there for the duration of the record.
The perfect introduction to the album is the opening song, “Lift Me Up,” a song about not hiding her voice and being able to “sing form the top of my lungs each day, in my own way.”
The pedal steel lends both a melancholy, yet hopeful feel to “Is This What Mama Meant;” a song that speaks to the work it takes to keep a worthwhile relationship going. “It’s hard for me and you/but that don’t make our love untrue.”
Filled with banjo and harmonica, “When You Wanted Me” finds her post-breakup knowing eventually, she’ll be fine.
“The Haunting” will leave you feeling just that. In it, she cheats, but expresses that one night should not be enough to undo all of the happiness they shared, then pleads “I wont stray ever again if you’ll just take me back.”
The tables are turned in the sassy “I Ain’t For You” and she wants him to pay for what he has done. “Get down on those knees and pray.”
In “Ease My Mind,” she wants the one she loves to put her worries about the relationship to rest while in “Travellin’ With You” she wants to leave, take risks and forge her own way, but worries what that would do to him.
Other highlights include “Black and Gray” and “Anymore.”
There is no doubt that the collection of songs on Ease My Mind will do just that, as well as touch your soul and satisfy your need for good, honest music.
The album will be available April 8th.
For more information visit her official website.