I enjoy music more when I know a little bit about the artist. When you hear their stories – their struggles, their successes – and everything in between. Knowing more than just their name helps you get insight into the music, into the lyrics. You never know, you might relate.
Anna Clendening is someone that I did find a relation to. Before auditioning for America’s Got Talent when she was 20, Anna was in a pair of shoes that I had worn once upon a time. For years, this talented girl had suffered from depression and anxiety. I, myself, had spent (and still spend) time suffering from anxiety. Hearing her history, and seeing how she was able to get herself onto that stage to audition, led me to following her on social media.
So when you hold my hand, do you wanna hold my heart?
Throughout the years since then, Anna has posted song covers, and original music, to her Instagram feed, and on her YouTube channel – and time after time, she impresses me. Her voice is so raw, and draws you in. You feel her emotion. Whether it’s the love she feels when she singing about someone she cares for deeply, or the anger, or hurt, when she’s singing about situation where she was wronged. What you feel – it’s real. It’s raw. And above all, it’s relatable.
Not only does her music pull you in, but she is inspirational as well. Wanting to stay transparent, Anna posts stories on her Instagram, and photos, of times where she’s having an anxiety attack, or will supply you tips for when you’re dealing with yours. She’s open, and honest, and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. She wants you to know how she’s feeling – and that you’re not alone.
When you say you want me, is it all of me or just one part?
There’s an original song of hers that I’m absolutely in love with. And that’s Boys Like You. You have two options when it comes to this song – her first version, an acoustic version, and the more recent version – and upbeat, more “mainstream”, version. The acoustic is a little more raw, a little more emotion, and the mainstream version is just so damn catchy. It’s enjoyable either way – depending on what kind of mood you’re in!
While I’m not in any of the cities where she is currently planning to hit on her first tour – if you love her music and might be in the same city at the same time – definitely go out and support her!
Mama said there’d be boys like you, tearin’ my heart in two. Doin’ what you do best. Takin’ me for a ride, tellin’ me pretty little lies. But with you.. I can’t resist.