Anne E. DeChant is an award-winning Nashville recording artist originally from Cleveland, Ohio where she was a five-time Singer-Songwriter of the Year. She has shared the stage with such well-known performers as Stevie Nicks, Nora Jones, Joan Armatrading, Sheryl Crow and the Indigo Girls, and has played venues ranging from the Clinton White House to such storied listening rooms as Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Moonlight on the Mountain in Birmingham, the Evening Muse in Charlotte, Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland, Kimbro’s in Franklin, TN, and Frog Pond in Silver Hill, AL.
Anne E.’s song, “Girls and Airplanes,” about women breaking down barriers, has been featured on the soundtrack of the Hollywood film, “The Hot Flashes,” starring Brooke Shields, and the critically acclaimed documentary film, “The Vetters: All We Needed.” DeChant’s 100% fan-funded studio album, “The Sun Coming In,” produced by Nashville guitarist Mike Severs, recently reached number 6 on the Roots Music Report’s national chart, and the CD’s first single, “Sunday Morning Drive,” reached number one. Three of the songs on the album were co-written by DeChant and award-winning Southern author Frye Gaillard, whose books include Watermelon Wine: Remembering the Golden Years of Country Music. For the past two years, Gaillard and DeChant have presented unique concert-readings entitled “Watermelon Wine and the Poetry of Americana Music” at a wide array of venues including colleges and universities, listening rooms, public libraries, and arts centers in Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Ohio, and the Carolinas, among other locations.
“DeChant is our wake-up call to all the possibilities found in songs and stories when they’re told with integrity, honesty and heart. She is what the future of Americana music needs to be,” writes No Depression. “Her songs, enriched by her political consciousness, nail blue-collar grit the way few writers do,” concludes Nashville Scene magazine. And the Cleveland Plain Dealer adds: “Now there’s a woman with fire in her belly.” Before beginning her solo career, DeChant was lead singer for the popular rock-Americana band, Odd Girl Out, based in Cleveland.
“There’s virtue in honesty, and in intuition, and in openness, and in tough-minded decency. Those things may or may not make for fine art. In the hands, heart, and voice of Anne E. DeChant, they may, they might, and they do.”
-Peter Cooper (Museum Editor, Country Music Hall of Fame)
“Anne E DeChant....... A compelling voice singing songs with melodies you can't forget and lyrics that you can't stop thinking about.”
-Mike Severs (Dolly Parton, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart)