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“Vanessa and her music embody the traditions of great Cactus performers past and present while bringing her own flair for world, folk and pop styles to our stage.” — Matt Muñoz, manager/booking agent – The Cactus Cafe, Austin, TX

“Vanessa Lively gave the most passionate performance of a song I have ever seen.” – Matt Peyton, No Depression

Career Highlights

• Honored by Music To Life (Noel Paul Stookey and Liz Stookey Sunde) and The Rubicon Theatre by receiving the Artist Activist Award and Grant
• Top 12 finalist in the Music for Changing Times National Songwriting Competition in 2017
• Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Regional Finalist in 2013
• 2011 Songwriters Serenade Semi-finalist
• Named one of the Best Artists of 2011 by KUNC
• Uncovering Stones was named one of the Top 10 Albums of the year by KUNC
• “Digging Up Dirt” featured twice on NPR’s EarthSky
• Every single track from Uncovering Stones received airplay on stations worldwide
• Mayor Lee Leffingwell proclaims December 17th as “Vanessa Lively Day” in Austin, TX
• Humane Society features “The Only Day There Is” on their website
• United Mine Workers of America features Vanessa’s song “For the Miners” on their website

Notable Venues Played

The Cactus Cafe – Austin, Texas (USA)
Blue Rock – Wimberley, Texas (USA)
The Kessler Theatre – Dallas, Texas (USA)
The Green Note – London, England (UK)
Momo’s Club – Austin, Texas (USA)
Silver Moon Brewery – Bend, Oregon (USA)
Googie’s Lounge – New York City, New York (USA)
Swallow Hill – Denver, Colorado (USA)
CHAPEL FOLK concerts – Tilburg, NL (EUROPE)
Copenhagen Songwriters Festival – Copenhagen, DK (EUROPE)
Saxon Pub – Austin, Texas (USA)
Grolsch Song Night – Osnabrueck, DE (EUROPE)
Last Minute Folk Concert Series – Topeka, KS (USA)

Music Description

Vanessa Lively’s eclectic blend of folk music beautifully joins heartfelt lyrics & soulful vocals. With a compelling mix of tempos and styles that embrace hints of urban, world, Latin, funk and pop, Lively’s songs fully capture her compassionate nature and love of community.

 

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Biography

Austin, Texas based songwriter Vanessa Lively creates an eclectic blend of folk & world music that beautifully join heartfelt lyrics with soulful vocals. Drawing on a compelling mix of tempos and styles that embrace hints of urban, world, Latin, funk and pop, Lively’s songs fully capture her compassionate nature and love of community. Margaret Moser of The Austin Chronicle describes Vanessa’s music as “folk music on fire with worldly rhythms and a Latin pulse.” Lively was named one of the Top 10 Artists of the Year by KUNC in Colorado and one of the Top 12 Artists of the Year by Where The Birds Fly in Germany. “Austin’s Vanessa Lively is a true multidiscipline artist. She’s a singer, songwriter, musician and painter with a do-it-yourself attitude and a compassionate spirit.” – Mario Tarradell, The Dallas Morning News

Lively was honored in 2017 with the Artist Activist Award by Music To Life. With this award and grant, she was able to start her dream project of creating a music program that works within Austin’s homeless community. She created Home Street Music and is leading the music circles at Community First! Village in East Austin.

Vanessa Lively performs solo as well as with a full band when requested.
She is available for private events, weddings and house concerts.