Anna Nalick

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Anna Nalick
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Nalick in June 2011
Background information
Birth name Anna Christine Nalick
Born (1984-03-30) March 30, 1984 (age 30)[1]
Temple City, California, United States[2]
Origin Glendora, California, United States
Genres Pop rock, adult alternative
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 2003–present
Labels Columbia
Epic
Website www.annanalick.com

Anna Christine Nalick (born March 30, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter. Her debut album, Wreck of the Day, featuring her first radio hit, "Breathe (2 AM)", was released on April 19, 2005. Nalick left her label under Sony in 2009 after a falling-out surrounding the release of her second album. On March 2, 2011, Nalick announced her new album Broken Doll & Odds & Ends to be released May 2011, but after several delays, the album was released on June 5.

Biography[edit]

Nalick was born and raised in Temple City, California, and attended Holy Angels Grammar School in Arcadia before moving to Glendora with her parents at age 14.[2]

A key memory of her childhood is the fifth grade math class where she would stop paying attention to the teacher, and instead rewrite the lyrics to a Cranberries song.[3] She grew up in a family where two of the grandparents had performed on Broadway, and where her parents exposed her to a number of different artists, including Elvis Presley and Led Zeppelin. Nalick also considers Billie Holiday, Jeff Buckley, John Mayer, U2, and Fiona Apple to be some of her early influences and inspirations. She also cited other influences as Tori Amos, Blind Melon, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, in a 2005 interview.[3]

In another interview, Nalick recalls showing off her talents to her third grade teacher, who then remarked that she'd end up "one day on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Nalick did perform in 2005 on The Tonight Show, making sure to invite the teacher to the audience.[4]

Nalick initially decided to go to college before pursuing her dream of music, continuing to record her songs on a Rainbow Brite cassette recorder.[3] But she soon met a photography[3] professor, who had a student with parents in the music business. Nalick agreed to pass along a low-fidelity six-song demo tape, and soon enough, was introduced to Christopher Thorn and Brad Smith, the founding members of Blind Melon now turned production team, as well as Eric Rosse, best known for his production work for Tori Amos. In October 2003, putting her college plans on hold, she signed on with Columbia Records. Nalick went into the studio with Thorn, Smith, and Rosse as producers, together with mix-engineer Mark Endert (Fiona Apple, Maroon 5, and Gavin DeGraw). She recorded with a group of musicians that included Smith on bass, Thorn on guitar, Rosse and Zak Rae on keyboards, Lyle Workman and Stuart Mathis on guitar, and Joey Waronker and Matt Chamberlain on drums. The result was her album Wreck of the Day, released two years later.[3]

2004–06: Wreck of the Day[edit]

Nalick's first single from her Wreck of the Day album was "Breathe (2 AM)", which peaked at No. 45 U.S. and went 3× Platinum on the Billboard Hot 100, and went huge on Adult Contemporary and Adult Top 40. It was heavily played on AAA and Hot AC stations across the U.S., along with light airplay on Pop stations, and Nalick became one of 2005's biggest newcomers. Her video for the track got very heavy airplay on VH1 and some MTV airplay as well. At the time of the writing[when?], Wreck of the Day has sold over 615,000 copies with a gold certification from the RIAA, and a No. 20 peak on the Billboard 200. In New Zealand, Wreck of The Day reached the Top 15 albums on the Top 40 Albums Chart.[citation needed]

In November 2005, Nalick released "In the Rough".[5] The single was moderately successful, charting on the Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks at No. 15. Her album sales only slightly increased after the release of "In the Rough", perhaps because the previous single had been released almost a full year before.

Her first single from Wreck of the Day, "Breathe (2 AM)", experienced a resurgence on worldwide charts following a highly prominent appearance in a Grey's Anatomy episode (As We Know It), aired February 12, 2006. Other episodes of the show have featured the acoustic songs "Catalyst" and "Wreck of the Day" from the same album. The title track has also been featured on the show One Tree Hill.

In 2006, the album was re-released with three new songs and re-recording of the title track. With little promotion, the song only managed to chart on the Adult Top 40 spending two weeks at number 39 and one week at number 40 before falling off the chart.[6]

In a September 2006 Q magazine interview, Britney Spears said she wished she had written Nalick's "Breathe (2 AM)". Two months later, Nalick took honors as "AC Female Artist of the Year" at the New Music Awards, beating out Sheryl Crow. According to her official website, Nalick was so convinced that Crow would win the award that she kicked back and relaxed, removing her shoes. When her name was called, she ran to the stage shoeless to make sure that she was able to have enough time for her acceptance speech.

A clip from the single, "Satellite" from Wreck of the Day is often played on the Satellite Sisters radio show. Wreck of the Day was also featured during Season 2, Episode 20 of the television show Joan of Arcadia.

2007–current: Shine – EP, Interruption, Comeback, Broken Doll & Odds & Ends[edit]

Anna Nalick performing at Hotel Cafe, Hollywood, California, USA on October 5, 2010

On May 11, 2007, the first indication of Nalick writing her second album appeared on her website. Few updates were given after that.[7] The only other song to be released during this "era" was a track on the Desperate Housewives compilation CD entitled "Band of Gold".

On January 28, 2008, Nalick premiered her first single off the new album, Shine, on AOL music's page.[8] The EP "Shine" was released March 25, 2008.[9] It featured the title single, a cover of Red Hot Chili Peppers's song "Breaking the Girl", and acoustic renditions of Nalick's best-known tracks.

On July 12, 2008, it was reported that Broken Doll was to be the title of Nalick's second album. The album was originally scheduled for release in the summer of 2008; however, a falling-out with Epic Records resulted in the album being scrapped. Little was heard from Nalick until the summer of 2010.

In August 2010, Nalick made a comeback announcement on her Facebook profile, accompanied by new photographs revealing a bold new look; it was revealed that she had left Sony in 2009 to be a free agent. At the time, she was making a record with producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Jewel), with an expected release date in 2011. On August 25, 2010, Nalick premiered a new song, "The Lullaby Singer", on her official website.[10] Nalick held five live performances—Hotel Café in Hollywood, California, for August 31, September 21, September 28, and October 5, 2010, and 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, Tennessee, for September 9, 2010[11]—to accompany the comeback announcement.

On March 2, 2011, Nalick announced on her Facebook page the official name for the first upcoming album: Broken Doll & Odds & Ends, a little variation from the one she announced before. It had been set for release in May 2011, but several unforeseen difficulties resulted in delays. Broken Doll & Odds & Ends was released on iTunes on June 5, 2011, with physical CD release happening at her Hotel Café show on August 3, 2011.[12]

Nalick performed on Good Day Sacramento, singing "Walk Away" in honor of the people who died in the September 11 attacks.

Nalick continues to work on her original material and co-write with other musicians, while taking classes at UCLA. On February 23, 2013, she served as the Grand Marshal for the 69th Annual Camellia Festival Parade in Temple City.[2]

Discography[edit]

Anna Nalick performs at SubCulture, Greenwich Village, New York City, on March 15, 2014.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[13]
NZ
[14]
2005 Wreck of the Day 20 14
2011 Broken Doll & Odds & Ends
  • Released: June 5, 2011
  • Label: Nyctograph Records, Inc.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[16]
US Pop
[16]
US AC
[16]
US Adult Pop
[16]
NZ
[17]
2004 "Breathe (2 AM)" 45 22 4 6 37 Wreck of the Day
2005 "In the Rough" 15
2006 "Wreck of the Day" 39
2008 "Shine" 30 Broken Doll & Odds & Ends
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeffries, David. "Anna Nalick biography". Allmusic. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Temple City Life February 2013". p. 10. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Hip Online – Anna Nalick Biography". Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ "For Your Entertainment: Anna Nalick Interview Part II". Retrieved October 6, 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Adult Top 40 Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. November 12, 2005. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ Billboard Music Charts – Latest Music News – Music Videos
  7. ^ http://www.annanalick.com/site.html
  8. ^ Anna Nalick, 'Shine' – Song Premiere – PopEater Music Blog
  9. ^ "BlogCritics Music". Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  10. ^ "AnnaNalick.com". Archived from the original on October 8, 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Tour". Archived from the original on October 5, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.facebook.com/annanalick/posts/10150273567846683
  13. ^ "Billboard chart positions > albums". Allmusic. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  14. ^ "New Zealand charts portal – Anna Nalick". charts.org.nz. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Search results – "Wreck of the Day"". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  16. ^ a b c d "Billboard chart positions > singles". Allmusic. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  17. ^ "New Zealand chart portal – Anna Nalick (singles)". charts.org.nz. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 

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