At the age of 21, jazz and blue-eyed soul singer and songwriter, Anslee Connell, made her way from the Home of Statesboro Blues deep in the heart of Georgia to the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, TX. In between writing new songs and headlining local festivals, she opened for music legends Kindred the Family Soul, Betty White, and Najee in May. Under the moniker Savannah Red, a nod to her Deep Southern roots, her vocal performances were so captivating that Andre Mikhail of Lucid Venture Media wrote, "When she sings, she sounds like home."
Growing up in church, Anslee sang in choir as well as youth chorale. At 13, her debut solo performance at her family's decade-long music festival, Dr. Don's Annual Fireant Blues Fest, jump started her singing career. She went on to become the pride of her school's academic and sports events as she sang for pageants, sports games, and for the university in her hometown. At 15, she picked up the guitar and soon began writing her first songs in college just a few short years later. To this day, she has and continues to sing with her father, Don Connell, at weddings and events in Georgia and North Carolina, and has appeared on several of his albums over the years.
One of Anslee's favorite singing moments was a night with jazz legend Ben Tucker, writer of "Comin' Home Baby" and creator of School House Rock, from Savannah, Georgia. "Ben was so kind and humble after being so successful in his career for over 50 years. He spoke so much wisdom to me that night that I still carry today," she recounts. After years of singing folk, country, and rock covers, Tucker recognized her passion and encouraged her to form a jazz band in Austin which you can hear today.
Savannah Red's music is a mix of standards, new mash-ups, and heart-centered songs that are meant to move you, whether it's to pursue your dreams or your lover and everything in between. Group members are Tosin Awofeso (piano), Derek Thigpen (bass) and Ian Bailey (drums) with other local Austin musicians joining in on live shows. They are recording their first studio album, "Paper Doll," scheduled to deliver Summer 2019. To pre-purchase this album, go to their GoFundMe page and make a donation of $15 or more.
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Anslee began playing ukulele at the end of 2014. She has and continues to play some of her old favorite folk, country, and rock covers as well as some soul and R&B tunes for weddings, private parties, and shows. For booking lessons and gigs, contact email@example.com or 512.745.7076.