Anna Luther talked with us about her debut single, "Name." She hasn't let anything stop her from working towards her dreams in music. Her voice is soothing and inspiring, and her melodies will grab you. We've never been so happy to have music stuck in our head. Keep reading to learn more about this rising star in her latest interview with MusicDigi.
Anna is s 20 year old singer/ songwriter writing, recording, and producing from her apartment at Virginia Tech. After a miraculous full recovery from vocal cord surgery three years ago, she has had a second chance to follow her passion. Her rich vocals and lyrics that dig deep are paired with retro synths and unforgettable melodies. "I sing about life, love, and the stories of people I read."
What's the inspiration behind your new single "Name"?
I think a lot of times we as a people long to please, so much so that we forget about our own needs and what we need to do in order to make ourselves happy. "Name" is all about reclaiming who you really are, and reaching the point in your life when you can be 100% unapologetic for every aspect of yourself. It is an anthem to those who are ready to label themselves without any others' input or dependence.
Who in the music industry - past and present - are your greatest influences?
John Mayer is a huge influence. I grew up listening to him, and really learned a lot through how he writes and approaches music. Bon Iver is someone I also look up to for his musical endeavors and how he's a true example of how music can alter and change into a more elctronic field over time while still holding just as much meaning as an acoustic style. I really appreciate different 80s bands for their use of synths, like Depeche Mode and Tears for Fears. Other current influences that I really admire for their musicality would artists such as Sigrid and Charlie Puth. I truly think these two have created styles inside larger genres that are uniquely them and it's really inspiring.
Was there a pivotal moment in your life when you first realized you wanted to pursue music professionally?
My Freshman year of college I was recovering from a vocal polyp surgery. I was told by doctors that there was a possibility I would never sing like I used to again, but by my second semester I had gained my voice back at such an amazing speed and had trained so hard I realized I was well enough to switch my focus to my true passion, music. It was an incredible feeling, the moment I realized something that I loved so much could end up being the one thing I could do for the rest of my life. Since then I have worked hard in schooling to graduate an entire year early in order to place my complete focus on music, and spend every spare moment writing and learning all I can about production.
What's the coolest place you've ever performed?
The coolest place I have ever performed was at the Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg. It only seats about 450 people, but the people that fill the seats are always lively and full of energy. It was also the place I realized after performing I could do music professionally, so it will always have a special place in my heart.
If you could work with any artist dead or alive, who would it be?
I would absolutely love to work with John Mayer. To sit down and spend countless hours just writing and collaborating with him would be an absolute dream. He's so incredibly creative and I'd be so lucky as to experience a part of that.
Why is MusicDigi a great platform for musicians?
MusicDigi is a great platform for musicians because it doesn't take advantage of you! As an artist that is incredibly new to the scene, it's been amazing to work with them and have them help with the release and distribution of my first original. Anyone working under MusicDigi is happy to help and ready to get you exactly what you need to aid on your musical journey.
What can fans expect next?
Fans can expect a lot of new releases coming their way! "Name" comes out November 16th, and my next release comes out in December, and my third in January. My songs will cover a wide range of topics, with the aim to have a song for every soul to connect with, so that we all end up on the same musical journey together-with all of our stories being told along the way.
Download "Name," by Anna Luther on iTunes
and follow her on Facebook