GRAMMY NOMINATED LP WHO ARE YOU NOW OUT NOW VIA VERVE FORECAST
TO CRITICAL ACCLAIM
Cunningham has been busy sharing episodes of her Weekly Wednesday Covers series via her YouTube page; watch HERE and check out her performance for The Bluegrass Situation’s Whiskey Sour Happy HourHERE. Watch her in-depth conversation with JHS Pedals about gear, songwriting and more HERE.
Her debut LP Who Are You Now (Verve Forecast) was nominated for “Best Americana Album” by the Recording Academy at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards.
“Writing this record really forced me to take an honest look at where I came from, what my dreams and fear were, and who I was becoming as a result,” Cunningham says of Who Are You Now. The album was recorded at Sonic Ranch studio in El Paso with producer and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Chester, who has also worked with artists such as Jackson Browne, Blake Mills and Andrew Bird.
The Orange County, CA native has performed as a duet partner with Punch Brothers’ Chris Thile on APM’s “Live From Here” and her list of champions has continued to grow, including Andrew Bird, Sara Watkins, Nickle Creek and the Milk Carton Kids’ Joey Ryan.
Cunningham first picked up a guitar at age seven, and by age twelve was singing and performing alongside her five siblings in church. By the age of fifteen, Cunningham realized songwriting was a passion she wanted to pursue, citing Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan as key inspirations. “It’d always been a hobby before, but around then, I realized I wanted to make it a religious practice,” she says. “I thought if I could capture some of their same spirit ever in my life, I’d have to work hard and every day.”