Annabeth McNamara, Charlottesville's newly acquired songbird, released her second full-length album through a $75,000 value grant from House Studio DC. A week of intensive songwriting and recording resulted in a sugar-coated yet bittersweet sonic confection a la Ingrid Michealson, with obvious influence from her tweendom spent listening to Bjork and other ‘90’s female stars. She has recently shared bills with Lobo Marino, and has played regularly this past summer at the Garage, as well as the Southern for their songwriter showcase. She also sang back-up for Lester Seal's band at the Pavilion. Annabeth just returned from her fifth solo tour of Europe, and played over a month of dates in Spain, France, Germany and Belgium, and even a show in Iceland just before Iceland Airwaves festival.
Book Annabeth at your house concert, wedding, or venue and find out why the Spanish press is calling her "one of the latest sensations of the indie scene in the US." -Diari de Tarragona
“Annabeth's pipes are the star of Surprise, but her powerful songwriting and sense of adventure keep things interesting from first note to last.” - Davey Jones, Whurk
In July 2014 Annabeth won a $75,000 grant to record her 3rd album, “Surprise,” at House Studio, voted the capital’s best recording studio. Of the album, whurk magazine recently wrote, “This album has all the trappings of a sleeper hit by Ingrid Michaelson or Kate Nash, perfectly encapsulated by the sugary folk pop of the title track.” Adventure, romance, heartbreak, and wanderlust inform her poetic and original lyrics, set to the strums of eclectic instruments. Although acoustic at heart, she is influenced by the American pop that forever entices her forward into fresh soundscapes.
The album made it onto the first round of the Grammy Ballots, to be considered in multiple categories, including Best Pop Album, Best New Artist, and Best Roots Performance.
It also charted on iTunes top 100 Singer-Songwriter albums.