New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Expat Records)
The 17 year old singer from Hartselle, Alabama
currently has over 1.5 million hits on Youtube and has received substantial radio play across the US.
Anna Craig is a country singer songwriter from Hartselle Alabama. Discovered on Youtube where she has several thousand subscribers and well over 1.5 million views, 17 year old Anna Craig is pleased to announce her first release with Expat Records. A distant cousin to Tammy Wynette, Anna has a unique, powerful voice in her petite 5' 3" frame. She has been described as "Taylor Underwood." Her songs come from the heart of a teen, from songs about teen relationships like "In Disguise" and "The Secret", to the tearful plea for a boyfriend to safely return home from Afghanistan in "Come Back Home", to the sassy "Slow Down", Anna has a sound that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
"Youtube is really where it all started for me," Anna says. "I did a cover of Taylor Swift's Picture to Burn. I kept doing more covers and then started doing some of my own songs. I still remember when I was so excited to have one hundred subscribers. I can't believe now I have several thousand! It's crazy! But that is how I really got going. A producer, Chris Via, saw my videos and encouraged me to lay down some tracks. And then Expat Records heard them. And here I am!"
Like her idol Taylor Swift, Anna loves writing about the trials of female teens. "Most all of my songs were about my boyfriend at the time," Anna says with a laugh. "In Disguise" is about how the grass is not always greener on the other side of the mountain. A lot of times the ideal boy for a girl is right under her nose. She just does not recognize him for who he is.
Probably the song that tugs at the heartstrings more than any other is "Come Back Home." It is about a girl hoping that her boyfriend who was going to Afghanistan would not only fight for his country, but he would also protect himself. More than anything, she just wanted him to come back home. Commenting on the song, Anna said, "My boyfriend was thinking about joining the military when he got out of high school. I got to thinking what that would be like and it didn't take me long to write 'Come Back Home.'"
"Slow Down is just a great song that really expresses who I am in a fun way." In the song, Anna lets her fictional two-timing car racing boyfriend know in a hurry that he better slow down his fast paced style if he wants to have any chance with her.
If her debut album is any indication, the country music world will be hearing lots more from Anna Craig.
Anna Craig, the self titled EP is due for release on Expat Records on 11th April 2011 and will be available from iTunes, Amazon and other online stores.