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Alana Springsteen

with special guest Kendal Conrad

Wednesday, June 19 · view days & times
Price: $25-$50
Venue: Musikfest Café

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Doors and Bar Food: 7:00 p.m. | Show: 8:00 p.m.

A force-of-nature talent with the passion to match, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Alana Springsteen is already an expert at crafting the kind of songs that imprint on your heart forever. After learning to play guitar at the young age of seven, the Virginia Beach native began penning her own songs at nine, and soon started trekking to Nashville to co-write with industry heavyweights. In the tradition of powerhouse female Country stars she grew up on, Springsteen instills her music with an irresistible mix of charisma, confidence, and warm yet fearless honesty.

Now on the precipice of releasing her debut album, TWENTY SOMETHING, as a newly signed artist to Columbia Records NY/Sony Music Nashville, the 22-year-old reveals her rare ability to express complex emotions with impossible ease. Rolling out the anticipated collection in three parts, she explains, “Our twenties, they can be confusing, exhilarating, humbling, and unforgettable. We’ll mess things up, over and over again. We’ll learn, do better, and start figuring things out – the world around us and ourselves. And if we’re lucky … and we do the work … and we love hard, once in a while, we get these glimpses of what it feels like to get it right. TWENTY SOMETHING, that’s the title of my debut album and it’s about all of it.”

An incredibly detail-oriented musician who unfailingly holds her own with studio veterans, Springsteen first cultivated her laid-back self-assurance as a little girl. “Both my granddads are pastors, so on Sunday mornings they’d have me get up in church and sing a solo,” she recalls. When her maternal grandfather unearthed a dusty old classical guitar from the garage, she felt overcome with the urge to play. “The guitar was twice my size and I ended up with so many blisters on my fingers, but I never even thought of giving up,” she says. “It’s like I had an instant emotional connection with the guitar, where every time I picked it up I felt better.”

As she refined her guitar skills, Springsteen also began singing the national anthem at local sporting events and at age nine sang at a Cubs game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, an experience that offered her first taste of the pure exhilaration of performing for a massive crowd. “Ever since I was little, I envisioned myself playing in stadiums – the big dream has always been to get my music out to as many people as possible,” she notes. Around that time she also started writing songs of her own, tapping into her lifelong love of language. “I was always that kid who loved English class and was always hanging around with the grown-ups, trying to have adult conversations,” Springsteen says. “As soon as I discovered what it felt like to put music and words together, I knew it was going to be something I did for the rest of my life.” With her family’s full support of that dream, Springsteen next ventured into co-writing in Nashville. Although just 10 years old at the time, she felt immediately at home in the company of hitmaking songwriters. “I never really felt intimidated,” she says. “I just felt like these were my people, like I’d found a community that understood me and the way my brain works.”

After four years of making quarterly trips to Nashville, Springsteen and her family moved to Music City, where she promptly inked her first publishing deal. Naming Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood among her formative influences, she spent the next few years carefully honing her songwriting voice, infusing her lyrics with a breezy intimacy that now inspires countless fans to send her messages about their breakups and crushes. Released in June 2019, her self-titled independent debut EP drew abundant acclaim, with Rolling Stone declaring that “she writes with beyond-her-years poise, mixing the lovestruck giddiness of a teenager with the hooks of a pro” and Taste of Country stating that “[t]here’s a big hole in country radio for a female who can sing about young love with loads of sincerity and little drama or provocation. Springsteen’s authenticity makes her a strong candidate to fill it.” Soon after the EP’s arrival, Springsteen opened for artists like Josh Turner and Filmore, proving her remarkable gift for erasing the divide between artist and audience. “I remember playing at the Bluebird Cafe once and a girl coming up to me afterward and saying how she felt like I was reading a page out of her diary,” the Ryan Seacrest Foundation’s Celebrity Ambassador points out. “It made me realize how much being honest really connects with people, and inspired me to get even more raw and straightforward in my lyrics.”

Springsteen keeps pushing her artistry to bold new heights. To that end, she’s worked with A-list collaborators like Shane McAnally, Ryan Beaver (Blake Shelton), Andrew DeRoberts (Florida Georgia Line, Lady A), Jerry Flowers (Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood), Chris LaCorte (Sam Hunt), Shay Mooney (of Dan + Shay), Liz Rose, Sasha Alex Sloan, and Geoff Warburton (Shawn Mendes), all while greatly expanding her role beyond the recording booth. With writer, producer, and guitar credits on most of her songs from back-to-back independent EPs, HISTORY OF BREAKING UP (PART ONE) and (PART TWO), PEOPLE deems her “a voice that seems to represent the future of country music.” Pandora’s 2021 Country Artist to Watch is quickly approaching 100 MILLION streams and has amassed 8K playlist adds, while appearing at iconic venues like the Grand Ole Opry and supporting tours for Mitchell Tenpenny, LANY, and Adam Doleac’s ‘BARSTOOL WHISKEY WONDERLAND’ TOUR up next this winter. Endlessly spotlighting the genuine presence that comes from being hands-on in every aspect of her music, she continues to prove just why E! News called her “one of Nashville’s most buzzworthy emerging artists.”

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Musikfest Café
ArtsQuest Center
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-332-1300
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