The influences of Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton can be
discerned in her solo debut, and Country Music People ranked Life, Death, and
the Spaces Between third on a ‘Best Albums of 2015’ list, dubbing Annette
Conlon “a major talent” who “created a moving, intimate, magical melodic
country trip.” Currently working with three-time Grammy winner Alf Rodenas
on her second album, Conlon promises a “sweeter, happier, AmeriFolk-rock”
effort that “delves ever deeper into my human heart.”
A frequent performer at charity events, nightclubs, and festivals in and around
Los Angeles, Annette Conlon is a passionate animal rights advocate and vegan
musician. Her songs of compassion, social consciousness, human interaction,
animals, and awareness have been played around the country. She heads
back to the East Coast this Fall for her second Compasionette Tour, spreading
awareness through music, fashion, food, and love.
Annette toured the country from the mid-1990s through the mid-2000s with
her Dallas-based alt-rock band Eden Automatic, opening shows for the likes of
the B-52s, Duran Duran, Missing Persons, and the Pretenders. But, when
serious health issues forced Annette to face her own mortality, her music
began a shift towards a more roots-based sound, resulting in a collection of
her most personal musical storytelling.
Her solo debut, 2015’s Life, Death, and the Spaces Between, is rich with
country-flavored melodies and lively instrumentation — accordion, banjo,
cello, Dobro, guitars, mandolin, mellotron, and pedal steel — arranged
alongside guitarist/husband Doug Conlon and multi-instrumentalist and
producer Ted Wulfers. The 15 songs explore Conlon’s two-year journey
through deadly illness, multiple surgeries and a major brain injury. Songs like
“First Suicide,” “Cedar Box” and “Faceless Angel” address challenging issues of
loss, fear, faith and relationships — weighty matters, to be sure, yet she
fashions silver linings from the darkest of clouds.
Conlon recalls. “I wrote ‘Live Like an Angel’ about refusing to let crushing
despair defeat you — about rising above and letting the world hear you sing.”
Along with Country Music People’s high praise, AXS.com called the new
release “a sincere compilation of emotionally born composition.” Life, Death,
and the Spaces Between landed on the Top 100 RadioFreeAmericana chart,
and tracks are still earning radio play in the U.S. and Europe.
Long active in LA’s independent music community, Conlon is dedicated to
supporting other independent women in music. Toward that end, her monthly
NetteRadio Songwriter Showcase has produced more than 100 artists
showcases and has raised funds for numerous charitable causes. She received
the 2011 Songsalive! Songwriter of the Year Award, and a 2015 Hollywood
Music Media Award nomination in Americana.
Most recently Annette has performed at Americana Fest, NAMM, The
Bluebird Café, SoCal VegFest, National Animal Rights Day, WorldFest,
EarthDay LA, Chicago Veganmania, Mesa Music Festival, and more from
California to Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, and
Chicago. Please see annetteconlon.com for more details.