Angaleena Presley

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Angaleena Presley
Angaleena Presley.jpg
Presley in 2011
Background information
Birth name Angaleena Loletta McCoy Presley
Born (1976-09-01) September 1, 1976 (age 41)[1]
Beauty, Kentucky, United States
Origin Martin County, Kentucky, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2011–present
Labels Columbia Nashville, RCA Records Nashville, Slate Creek Records
Associated acts Pistol Annies, Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, The Chieftains

Angaleena Loletta McCoy Presley[2] (born September 1, 1976) is an American country music singer-songwriter. She is a member of the female country trio Pistol Annies and has released two critically acclaimed solo albums, American Middle Class (2014) and Wrangled (2017).[3]

Personal life[edit]

Angaleena Presley was born in Martin County, Kentucky, and raised in Beauty, Kentucky. Her father Jimmy Presley Sr., is a retired coal miner and her mother, Cathy Presley (née McCoy), is a retired school teacher. At age 15, her father taught her how to play her first song on his guitar, "Mama Tried" by Merle Haggard. She attended Sheldon Clark High School in Inez, Kentucky, and graduated in 1994 before attending college at Eastern Kentucky University. Presley started work as a songwriter in Nashville in 2002, and later wrote the song Knocked Up from her own personal experience of being pregnant and unmarried. She has a son, who was three-years-old when the Pistol Annies were first forming in the early '10s; during this time, Presley was going through a divorce.[4] On May 22, 2012, she married manager/producer Jordan Powell in a small ceremony in Jackson Hole, WY.[5]


In 2000, Presley moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she landed a publishing deal nine months later. Through her publisher she met Ashley Monroe, who later brought Presley's music to the attention of her friend, Miranda Lambert. The three artists began working together writing songs, which would later become Pistol Annies' debut album Hell on Heels, released on August 23, 2011. The group spent much of the next two years touring North America and writing songs for their follow-up album. On May 7, 2013, Pistol Annies released their second album Annie Up. On June 17, 2013, the RIAA announced that the album and single for Hell on Heels had both sold in excess of 500,000 copies, giving Pistol Annies their first Gold Record. In 2014 Presley released her solo album American Middle Class, co-produced with her husband Jordan Powell.[6] In 2017, Presley released her second solo album, Wrangled.[7]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
US Country
US Heat
American Middle Class
  • Release date: October 14, 2014
  • Label: Slate Creek Records
29 14
  • Release date: April 21, 2017
  • Label: Thirty Tigers Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2014 "Pain Pills"[11] Traci Goudie

Songwriting discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Song Co-written with
2017 Angaleena Presley Wrangled
"Dreams Don't Come True" Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe
"High School" Ivy Walker, Sophie Walker
"Only Blood" Chris Stapleton
"Country" Michael Wayne Atha
"Bless My Heart"
"Mama I Tried" Oran Thornton
"Cheer Up Little Darling" Guy Clark
"Groundswell" Ian Fitchuk
"Good Girl Down" Wanda Jackson, Vanessa Olivarez
"Motel Bible" Oran Thornton, Trevor Thornton
2014 Angaleena Presley American Middle Class
"Ain't No Man"
"All I Ever Wanted"
"Grocery Store" Lori McKenna
"American Middle Class"
"Dry County Blues" Mark D. Sanders
"Pain Pills"
"Life of the Party" Matraca Berg
"Knocked Up" Sanders
"Better Off Red"
"Drunk" Sarah Siskind
"Blessing and a Curse" Bob DiPiero
"Surrender" Luke Laird, Barry Dean
2013 Pistol Annies Annie Up "I Feel A Sin Comin' On" Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe
"Hush Hush" Lambert, Monroe
"Being Pretty Ain't Pretty" Lambert, Monroe
"Unhappily Married" Lambert, Monroe
"Loved by a Workin' Man"
"Blues, You're a Buzzkill" Lambert, Monroe
"Don't Talk About Him, Tina" Lambert
"Trading One Heartbreak for Another" Monroe
"Damn Thing" Lambert, Monroe
"Girls Like Us" Lambert, Monroe
"I Hope You're the End of My Story" Lambert, Monroe
2011 Pistol Annies Hell on Heels "Hell On Heels" Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley
"Lemon Drop" Kirsty Lee Akers
"Housewife's Prayer" Lambert, Monroe
"Bad Example" Lambert, Monroe
"Takin' Pills" Lambert, Monroe
"The Hunter's Wife" Angaleena Presley
"Family Feud" Lambert, Monroe, Presley, Blake Shelton
Miranda Lambert Four the Record "Fastest Girl In Town" Miranda Lambert
Ashton Shepherd Where Country Grows "Look It Up" Robert Ellis Orrall
2008 Heidi Newfield What Am I Waiting For "Knocked Up" Mark D. Sanders

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
2011 American Country Awards New Artist of the Year Pistol Annies Nominated
2012 CMT Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year Hell On Heels Nominated
2012 CMT Awards Group Video of the Year Hell On Heels Nominated
2013 CMT Awards Group Video of the Year Takin' Pills Nominated
2016 UK Americana Awards International Song of the Year American Middle Class Nominated
2018 UK Americana Awards International Artist of the Year Artist Nominated


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