Michael-Ann is a singer songwriter in Los Angeles. She discusses her musical roots in the Ozarks, some "Wow!" moments in her career, and what we can expect from her next.
AXS: How old were you when you started playing guitar?
I was about 19 when I first started learning guitar.
AXS: What compelled you to start playing?
I was really compelled by my friend's family in the Ozarks who all played an instrument.
AXS: How did the family jams in the Ozarks shape you musically?
There is a real genuineness and honesty to the music I learned down in the Ozarks. It rang true to my soul and tore at the fiber of my being. I was so moved by its truth, humility, and simplicity. That music has been the roots of what I write today. I try and keep the same spirit of truth and honesty when I play.
AXS: You've opened for and played with some well-known acts. Describe your favorite "Wow!" moment from those experiences.
I have to say that I was really pleased to find out how humble they have stayed even after such great success. I was shocked to discover that Don McLean loved bluegrass music (I don't know why), and Kenny Rogers had a constant swarm of people around him - even backstage. I met Blake Shelton when I opened for him at The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center years ago. Back then, he was just starting out and was really sweet and kind - as was his band.
AXS: What can we expect from you next?
Good question. I plan on touring a bit with this record, you should hear it on some radio stations as well. I'd love to make a record of duets and old bluegrass tunes. I love several different genres of music: rock, Celtic, blues. I'd love to expand and do something every now and then in one of those styles.
AXS: What would you be doing if you weren't making music?
If I wasn't making music I'd be saving animals somewhere.
Michael-Ann plays The Standard (8300 Sunset, West Hollywood) on 9 July.