Anna Rose Beck carries the weightiness of her songwriting with a voice that has been described as “both bold and understated, moving and hypnotic, brimming with passion but never overpowering,” inviting comparisons to Dar Williams and Natalie Merchant. It’s hard to believe that only a few years ago, the Austin, TX native didn’t sing or play guitar. In fact, she first picked up the guitar one summer while in the course of completing a biomedical engineering degree at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She began performing at local music venues shortly after graduating in 2010 and soon garnered a reputation for her hushy middle-soprano intensity, finger-picked guitar lines, and evocative lyrics.
In 2011, Beck first collaborated with Asheville, NC-based producer Andrew Schatzberg to record and release her debut EP The Weathermaker. Two years later, she launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her sophomore album, Glass House in Outer Space. Recorded and produced once again by Schatzberg, the album includes 9 original songs and was released in January of 2014.
Beck is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Jazz Composition at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina where voice is her primary instrument. There she studies under jazz vocalist Lenora Helm Hammonds, program director Dr. Ira Wiggins, and artist-in-residence Branford Marsalis. She performed with the acclaimed North Carolina Central University Vocal Jazz Ensemble from 2015 to 2018, and appeared on their sophomore album, Take Note (released 2017.)
Beck now performs regularly as part of the all-female folk group The Gingersnaps and teaches private voice, piano, and guitar lessons at Music & Arts in Durham.