Anna McClellan began performing original songs in her hometown of Omaha, NE at the age of seventeen and has been actively recording and touring ever since. Her debut, Fire Flames, earned her an opening slot on a Frankie Cosmos tour. Through the doors that tour opened, McClellan eventually met Father/Daughter Records which led to the release of her second full-length record, Yes and No, in 2018. After a stint in NYC, several subsequent tours and meandering, Anna returned to Omaha and recorded I saw first light, her latest effort for Father/Daughter.
The album was recorded over two weeks with a multitude of local cohorts, and it documents Anna’s journey from the Midwest to the east coast and back again, probing both the roots of her creative impetus and her ongoing commitment to social issues. The process of composing and recording I saw first light has both reformed and renewed her dedication to exploration, be it inward or external, and to her own boundless creative energy.
"...her most personal work to date." The FADER
"...the record stays with you, popping into the subconscious throughout the day. Anna’s lyrics are there with a knowing smirk." Raven Sings The Blues
"McClellan’s songs have a woozy and whimsical swing to them that’s distinctly her own." Consequence of Sound
"I saw first light continues her experimentation within the contexts of lo-fi bedroom recordings and folk rock..." FLOOD Magazine
"Anna McClellan’s music feels immediately sprightly, grounded, frankly ruminative, and playful all at once..." London in Stereo