Vanessa Lively

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Vanessa Lively

Booking Agent: Brad Raley

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Eclectic, bilingual songwriter and nonprofit founder Vanessa Lively brings passion and fire to her heart-centric writing style and way of living. She has an activist heart and a compassionate attitude that is front and center. “It is music that needs to be heard, shared and experienced” says Gabino Iglesias in The Austin Post.

Her latest release Truth Is chronicles a difficult chapter in her life and showcases her resilience and unbreakable joy. Lively’s vocals are the thread weaving her songs together – they are soulful, smoky and lush. She writes poetically and brings a rhythmic beat to the folk songs she composes. Margaret Moser of The Austin Chronicle describes Vanessa’s music as “folk music on fire with worldly rhythms and a Latin pulse.”

In 2017, Lively started a music-based non-profit in Austin called Home Street Music. The program holds music circles with people who have experienced chronic homelessness. In addition to running the non-profit, Lively is a painter, graphic designer and mother of two young boys.

“Music has always been an integral part of Vanessa Lively’s life. She has used it as a means of self-expression and to process the world around her.” – Anna Lassmann, Austin Woman Magazine. Truth Is has been listed as the #1 New Release in June for Kansas Public Radio, #13 on the FAI Folk Radio charts, and named one of the Top Albums of 2022 by Tom Coxworth – Folk Routes (Alberta, Canada).

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