Artist of the day: Stephanie Anderson
Stephanie Anderson wrote her first song at 12 and started playing guitar at 21, but it wasn't until she moved to Tampa Bay from Washington a decade ago that she began actively pursuing her music career.
For the past nine years, she's been earning a living as a musician, playing in duos and bands and performing solo acoustic sets around town.
This Sunday, Anderson will celebrate the release of her first CD, Broken Sky, with a show at the Chic-a-Boom Room in Dunedin. The concert is from 6 to 10 p.m., and they'll be shooting a video, too.
The album contains several acoustic songs, like the torchy ballad Love Longing, but also a few out-and-out rockers, like Come Together and the reggae-tinged Marry Me.
She says the synth-driven, Sarah McLachlan-like Carry On is her favorite -- it's a tribute to a friend who suffered serious injuries in a car accident -- but she's proud of every song on the album.
"Each song is like a bluepritn of my life over the last 10-15 years," she said. "It is a collection of what I feel are my best, and most personal, songs that I've written so far. I always feel like my best songs are the ones that just come to me, placed in my lap to share with the world."
Click here to purchase Broken Sky.