INDIVIDUAL - SCAD ID - #454
Greenville County, SC
Angela lives with her musical partner, Brandon Turner, and their three sons on the Greer, SC farm that has been in her family since 1791. Her 6th album, “Witness”, released 2022, went on to be chosen by American Songwriter as a Top 24 Album of the Year, was named “Album of The Year” in The Greenville Journal, and was chosen #6 in the Favorite Albums of the Year on Americana Highways. Her 5th album, “Common Law Wife”, went to number 1 on the RMR Americana Airplay Chart, and remained in the top 5 for nearly 2 months, closing the year out as #12 on the top 100 albums. Her 2nd album was chosen as a top pick in both Oxford American and Country Weekly. She is a 4-time Kerrville NewFolk Finalist, a Telluride Troubadour and a two-time Wildflower Performing Songwriter Top 10. The Boston Herald named her song “The Picture” “Best Political Country Song” in their Year’s best music picks. Angela’s music was featured in commercials (Southwestern Bell) and several songs were used in the series “Horsepower” on Animal Planet. She has appeared on the WSM-hosted stage at the CMA Music Festival/Fan Fair, on the nationally broadcast public radio program “Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know”, the popular ETV show “Making It Grow”, and Sirius XM Outlaw Country’s “Buddy and Jim Show” with Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale. She was invited to perform at the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit New Harmonies: Celebrating American Root’s Music, as well as the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.
I am primarily a Folk Singer-Songwriter, although my work often veers and sidesteps through the realms of Country, Bluegrass and Roots music, all influences of mine. As a professional musician and mother of three young sons, residing in the state of SC, I bring my life experience and perspective into all of my work. I began my life in the Arts as an actor, first studying theatre all through high school at Greenville County’s Fine Arts Center. After graduation, I attended Emerson College, in Boston, The Netherlands, and Los Angeles, earning a BFA in Musical Theatre. It was as a freshman at Emerson that I first started playing guitar and writing songs. While I had always loved performing and the storytelling aspect of theater, I found that I equally loved the opportunity to use my own voice as a writer, to write about the things that were important to me, and to create my own performance opportunities as an artist by writing my own material. My theater background draws me to the idea of a story and I try to create a small story and a world inside each song I write. I am also an avid reader and a history buff. Many of my songs concern the intersection of history and present day; how our history, whether personal or societal, still affects us. I also find much inspiration in my life as a mom, in my centuries-old family farm, and in topical issues of the day. You may not hear many standard love songs or break-up songs in my repertoire! Hopefully, that keeps things interesting. I genuinely love what I do, from the inception moments of first writing a song, to bringing it to life in the studio, and performing it in front of an audience, whether large or small, whether solo acoustic or with my duo or band. I find my greatest joy when an audience member connects with one of my songs in a personal way. Especially if it is a song that is also deeply personal for me, or a story from history that holds great resonance for me. It is a beautiful reflection on how art can connect all of us and forge bridges of understanding that perhaps were not previously there.