Though sonically inspired by minor keys and modes, Anna Claire Loftis’ lyrics work to show a glowing outlook on worldly matters. Driven by a desire to understand the true nature of things and strip back a falsified reality, her music explores honest truths that might be difficult to hear. In this world of abstracts, her pop-driven melodies and heavy synthetic beats attempt to provide an answer.
Anna Claire speaks both fondly and critically about her biblical background. Originally from Montgomery, AL she grew up in a Southern Baptist Church that flaunted open arms and a crisp exterior. Within her compositions, we have watched her writhe underneath that polished, glassy surface of religion. As she abandoned the charade of perfection, she was able to rediscover her faith, while also making the leap to Nashville.
Anna Claire’s music provides an escape that revels in authenticity and free flowing verses. Her hopeful spirit is not lost within her truth-telling art, but leaps out striking in songs like “In the Morning” and “Sleepwalker.” Speaking in metaphor and at other times quite plainly, she embraces her true calling as a poet of pop.
In Spring 2020, Anna Claire will release her second EP titled “Happy on TV.” With this new sound that drips both color and moxie, Anna Claire continues to define her niche amongst Nashville’s new scene of pop artists.
What inspires you to make music?
The next generation, kids, adults, anyone. I really mean it. I am fully aware that each one of us gets such a brief life to live on earth, and I want to live my life on purpose. Music is a gentler way to tell someone they are loved, understood, and seen.
Tell us about this project?
In the Morning is my newly-released (debut) Music Video. This was such a fun project to tackle with ING Studios (based out of Auburn, AL), but also I’ve never felt such freedom in my art. Jennings and Tim gave me the artistic license to express what I really wanted to with this track. A cinematic vision, yet postured in personal heartache and struggle. You watch me fight within myself – a withdrawal full of lonliness, confussion, and hurt. I don’t care what you personally are going through – but please know you are not alone.
Are You Working On Any New Projects?
Yes! I am releasing a succession of singles starting in November, and an EP in the Spring of 2020. We have been hard at work behind the scenes, and I am gritting my teeth, eyes-closed, ready to hit the road to meet some of you and introduce you to all the new tracks! I guarantee you will bounce, sway, sit, stop, and swallow some hard truths. Despite the incredible rhythms that my producer (Cameron Rowe) interwove into the bare bones of this EP, there are some heavy themes and lyrics throughout.
How long have you been creating music?
I picked up piano when I was 8, and I’ve been writing since I was about 12 years old. I had an amazing teacher in middle school that allowed me the freedom of expression when it came to writing songs. I grew up surrounded by music, but not in that way. Nobody I knew wrote music for a living, but once I started, the notes and lyrics rolled out akward at first, and then smooth and natural. Now, writing is the place I go to when I need to process. It’s like my mind has to marry a melody to understand the full nature of what I’m going through in life. With or without fans, I will always write. I know it’s rather cheesy, but it’s who I am and exactly how I’m wired.
Do you want to say anything to the people who support your music?
Thank you for believing in me since I was little. There have been so many people that pushed me when I was younger to be bold on stage and off, and I am forever grateful.
What can fans expect more of in the days to come?
A lot more ostrich content.