Anna Vogelzang, unavoidably soulful singer/songwriter makes the best kind of songs, the ones about feelings. Her latest full-length venture, Canary in a Coal Mine, was created completely through fan-funding using Kickstarter.com and is being independently released on February 28, 2012.
In recording Canary In A Coal Mine, Vogelzang enlisted the help of a wide cast of professional players including Franz Nicolay on accordion (former Hold Steady), Brian Viglione on drums (Dresden Dolls), Todd Sickafoose on upright bass (Righteous Babe/Ani DiFranco) and Emily Hope Price on cello (Pearl & the Beard). In the studio she teamed with producer James Frazee (Blondie, Betty LaVette) to create a shimmering and fully crafted folk pop landscape accented with flowing strings, plucky banjos, and Vogelzang’s warm and inviting full-throated vocals filling and floating above the spaces in between.
A Boston area native, Anna Vogelzang recently transplanted herself to the mid-west, landing in Madison, WI where she’s embraced the local music community, even taking a teaching role as an instructor in the Madison area Girls Rock Camp. The past few years have seen her on the road, self-booking tours with a determined approach that has landed her on the same stage as Mirah, Franz Nicolay, Wye Oak, Amanda Palmer, Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), Nat Baldwin (Dirty Projectors) and many others. At times she has lent her own talent to other musicians, notably as a touring vocalist with The Dresden Dolls.
Vogelzang has been on 13 DIY tours since 2008 and is probably on tour right now. She will be on the road extensively through the Fall of 2011 and Spring of 2012 in support of Canary in a Coal Mine. Anna is a member of ASCAP.
2011 Madison Area Music Awards: Unique Album of the Year (Paper Boats) & Best Cover Song of the Year (Bad Romance)
2011 Folks Fest Songwriter Showcase - Honorable Mention
2010 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist
2010 National Women's Music Festival - Talent Competition Winner, 2011 Mainstage
2010 Madison's Favorite Folk/Bluegrass Act - Bronze
January 2010 Madison Songwriter Showdown Winner ("Guilt")
“Her voice will blanket you with awe... do whatever you can to see her live.” DELI MAGAZINE, CHICAGO
“Madison’s Anna Vogelzang is one of the most promising musical voices in the city... [she] makes the kind of songs that thrive in this brave new world. They’re high on diverse instrumentation, original melodies, and unusual lyrics.” THE ISTHMUS / MADISON WI
“Her voice seamlessly represents the type of person Anna is: resilient, assertive, and revealing.” RADIO FREE CHICAGO
“Anna Vogelzang is one of the promising young female artists who puts her money where her mouth is. This girl won’t stop until she gets the attention she deserves, and believe me, she deserves it.” AMANDA PALMER
"Pittsburgh's indie-folk scene said goodbye to one of its brightest singer-songwriters when Anna Vogelzang took off for Chicago." PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
"Take a song like "Judy Garland", in which Vogelzang invokes the mistress of Oz in vocals more frank than Dame DiFranco, then namechecks Nina Simone and Ginger Rogers. But she knows her Neil Young, and plays the occasional Iron & Wine cover like a nice, smoky cabernet." C-VILLE / CHARLOTTESVILLE VA
"Combine sweet, early-jazz warbling, classic female singer-songwriter acoustics, girl-with-a-guitar aesthetics, and indie-folk quirk (imagine Kimya Dawson if she could really sing) with a dash of slightly angsty girl-rock (Ani DiFranco if she’d mellow out), and you’ll have an inkling of the unique style cultivated by vocalist Anna Vogelzang." BRICK WEEKLY / RICHMOND, VA