About Anna Tivel
Anna Tivel is a Portland, Oregon-based singer/songwriter with a flair for capturing intimate moments and crafting strong, narrative-driven Americana-tinged indie folk songs. After debuting in 2014, she earned increasing critical acclaim for releases like 2017's Small Believer and 2019's The Question. Her 2021 album Blue World featured new arrangements of previously recorded material.
Raised in rural northern Washington, Tivel comes from a musical family and grew up playing the violin. After a move to Portland, she began writing songs and developed an affinity for framing her poetic observations within gentle, often somber folk songs. She released her debut album, Before Machines, in 2014, on Portland-based Fluff & Gravy Records. After taking home honors at both the Telluride Troubadour Contest and the Kerrville Songwriting Contest, Tivel issued her sophomore release, Heroes Waking Up, in 2016. A year later, her album Small Believer earned widespread praise for its delicate lyricism, and she continued to earn new fans with 2019's The Question. For her next project, Tivel collaborated with fellow Portland musicians Galen Clark and Micah Hummel to re-record sparse new arrangements of songs from her previous albums. The resulting release, Blue World, appeared in 2021. ~ James Christopher Monger