Anna Nalick is an American singer-songwriter whose debut album in 2005, “Wreck of the Day.” featured the radio hit, “Breathe (2 AM).”
Influenced by the Cranberries, John Mayer, and Fiona Apple, the California native had been recording demos on a cheap cassette recorder when one of her tapes ended up in the hands of former Blind Melon members Christopher Thorn and Brad Smith.
The two were now a production team and with Eric Rosse — a producer who had worked with another Nalick fave, Tori Amos — they re-recorded her home demos in a professional studio.
Her songs have been featured on shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “One Tree Hill” and Britney Spears once said she wishes she had written “Breathe (2 AM).”
In 2005, Nalick took honors as “AC Female Artist of the Year” at the New Music Awards, beating out Sheryl Crow. Nalick was reportedly 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.
She is currently independently making a record with producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Jewel), with an expected release date in 2011.