Rising country/soul talent Annalise Morelli will perform with her band, "Annalise & Friends," on Saturday, June 1, at 6 p.m. at the 12th and Porter Nashville restaurant/entertainment venue in a benefit for the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund of The Salvation Army.
Morelli emphasizes, "I chose The Salvation Army as the charity to partner with because I have volunteered with my late grandmother, Alice Faye Fash, who was a social worker and chaplain for many years before she passed in 2009. I have seen firsthand how much love and care goes into the Salvation Army Recovery Team efforts and want to help give back in some small way. I hope people will give what they can and help Oklahoma City as they rebuild their lives again. I have always wanted to play at 12th and Porter, and the timing was perfect to drive over to Nashville and make it happen, since my band members and I were finishing up a show in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 31."
Performing with Morelli on Saturday night are members of her band who are coming to Nashville from Charleston. Scottie Frier will be playing guitar with Brandon Brooks on drums and Tim Lumas bass guitar.
Morelli is currently performing in the southeast as well as heading back into the studio on June 10 to work with hit singer-songwriter Steve Dean toward completing her first full album with songs they have co-written. Her recent releases of her music include "You Never Forget the Crazy," co-written with Sony ATV writer Shanna Crooks Perez and singer-songwriter Jared Scott; and "Bluebirds," which is her own composition and great for crowd sing-a-longs. Morelli's next appearance will be at the WestHaven PorchFest on June 15, 2013, at 1 p.m. For more about Morelli's music, please visit www.annalisemorelli.com .
Originally from Charleston, S. C., Morelli, now a Nashville resident, is a writer for BMI and a member of the Country Music Association. At age four, her gift for music emerged when she began harmonizing with her mother, Lisa Morelli, while she was cooking in the kitchen and singing the gospel hymn, "Deep and Wide." Piano lessons followed, and soon she was on her way to a career in country music and songwriting.
Annalise Morelli's first vocal performance was at Ashley River Creative Arts School (formerly Wallace Middle School) in Charleston. Today, she also plays guitar, drums and the ukulele. When in Nashville, Morelli attends Fellowship Bible Church in Franklin.
A representative of The Salvation Army will be on site at the event to speak on behalf of the organization about what "Doing the most good" means to them, and to accept donations for the Oklahoma Tornado Relief fund. Those unable to attend and wishing to make a donation can mail their donation check directly to: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P. O. Box 2536, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. To give online, please visit www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org.
To donate by phone, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769), or on a mobile phone, text the word "STORM" to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army. To confirm the gift, respond with the word, "Yes."
The venue, 12th and Porter, is located at the corner of 12th Avenue and Porter Avenue, 114 12th Ave., N., Nashville, TN 37203. For directions, visit www.12thandPorterlive.com or call (615) 320-3754.