Nena Anderson's debut album "Beyond The Lights" has earned comparisons to early Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones and Bob Dylan with its accessible and deceptively uncomplicated lyrics and bluesy sound. The record showcases 10 original songs that are so familiar and warm, you think you have heard them before, and you want to listen to over and over again. From the moody, minor-keyed, driving swamp blues of "Daggers," the rollicking 60's piano soul groove of "Roses & Kisses," to the catchy heartache of "I Fall In Love Too Fast," Nena proves she can write timeless songs for a modern audience.
Nena has shared stages with Gregg Allman, Raul Malo, Dave Alvin, Switchfoot, Charlie Musselwhite, Dan Hicks, Lucinda Williams, Cindy Lee Berryhill and Jimmie Vaughan. She tours as June Carter with the Johnny Cash tribute band, Cash'd Out, and is also a contributing songwriter and performer for the book/album series, For The Sender.
"Part Neko Case and part Billie Holiday, with a dash of Ragged Glory-era Neil Young thrown in for good measure." - OwlandBear
"Her distinctive, bourbon smooth voice stops you in your tracks and compels you to hang on every word. On the stage, Anderson exudes the enviable self-assurance of someone who's exactly where she's supposed to be." - San Diego CityBeat
"The album has garnered unanimous praise as well as placements in film, tv and webisodes, as well as receiving airplay nationally, internationally and online. Whether solo or with her backing band, she is a seasoned live performer, "the listener is struck by the beauty of her vocals as they are light and velvety like a chocolate ganache, lingering only long enough to make you want more." - Riveting Riffs Magazine