Folk singer Angel Snow learned about being herself during her years working the Chattanooga music scene. Today she is sharing that important message with fans through her first new album in five years. “This album is a labor of love about being who you are and not being afraid of it,” she explains. “I want my music to comfort people and I want them to know that I’ve struggled too.”
The Chickamauga, Ga., native elaborates, “Chattanooga has a freeing characteristic. I always felt like I could be who I was there. I felt good about being an artist there. It is a community where everyone supports each other. It is a good place to start.”
Now based in Nashville, Snow will promote her self-titled album with a month-long tour with Marc Scibilia, including a release show Wed., Oct. 3, at Nashville hot-spot The Basement. Joining her that evening will be Scibilia and frequent co-writer Matraca Berg, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee. Snow is looking forward to a CD release concert in Chattanooga later this year, but details are yet to be announced.
Snow’s career has blossomed in the last year. In between studio sessions, she opened select dates in California for acclaimed bluegrass band Alison Krauss and Union Station. She recently entered a management agreement with Ramseur Records, best known for work with The Avett Brothers, and has signed a music publishing deal with international powerhouse BMG Rights Management.
Snow spent part of the summer on the road with fellow singer-songwriter Mindy Smith. It was a full-circle experience that shows how Snow’s career has grown since she moved to Music City.
“Mindy is very talented, and I’ve always liked who she is as an artist,” says Snow. “Six years ago I saw her play at an Americana music festival, and I wanted to share the stage with her. This year, I finally got to do it.”
A chance meeting with Krauss in 2009 helped propel Snow’s career. The beloved songstress paired Snow with her musician brother, Viktor Krauss. They clicked musically and ended up co-writing several songs for Snow’s new album, which also includes new versions of a few tracks from her well received debut Fortune Tellers. Krauss produced the album and tapped first-call session players such as drummer Matt Chamberlain (Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, John Mayer, Pearl Jam). The result is a sweeping landscape of folk and blues melodies accentuated by heartfelt lyrics.
Alison Krauss and Union Station recorded three songs written by Snow and Viktor Krauss for the deluxe edition of the band’s award-winning album Paper Airplane. Snow also opened for the bluegrass stars at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium in August 2011.
Snow is very grateful for these opportunities, and especially for her fans. She funded the new album through website pledgemusic.com, where listeners pre-ordered copies of the record, private concerts and more.
Online or on the road, connecting with fans is Snow’s top priority.
“When they are at a show, I want them to feel as if I’m singing about what they’re going through, because we’re all in this together,” she says.