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“Anywhere’ is a song about the inner dialogue you have with a person when they’re not there, saying all the things you would say if you could,” Cunningham explains. “And the combusting madness that comes with letting people’s opinion of you hold too much weight.” Stream/purchase the song HERE.
The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and guitarist’s latest LP Wednesday (Extended Edition) earned Cunningham her second Grammy® nomination and first in the “Best Folk Album” category. Previously her debut album, Who Are You Now, was nominated for “Best Americana Album” in 2020.
Cunningham is fresh off the heels of a successful 2021, which found her opening for Harry Styles at his sold-out Madison Square Garden shows, writing an original song “Broken Harvest” for NPR Morning Edition’s Song Project and later performing the song on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”
Cunningham has upcoming tour dates with My Morning Jacket, Mt. Joy and Lake Street Dive, as well as select solo dates.
Her current release Wednesday is out now via Verve Forecast, and features covers of songs by Radiohead, John Mayer, Tom Waits, and The Beatles. Listen/stream HERE.
The Orange County, CA native has performed as a duet partner with Punch Brothers’ Chris Thile on APM’s “Live From Here” and recently appeared in and helped score Sara Bareilles’ show Little Voice. Her list of champions continues to grow, including Harry Styles, John Mayer, Andrew Bird, Sara Watkins, Nickel Creek, the Milk Carton Kids’ Joey Ryan, and Bareilles.
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.”