Born and raised in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, Anna first started hosting and performing at open mics when she was seventeen, and quickly started headlining at venues such as the Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville and Seven Stones Cafe in Media. She lived in Portland, Oregon from 2008 to 2014, where she started, hosted, and featured at a monthly variety show called Art Anon at The Waypost. She has shared the stage with Chris Pureka, Amy Correia, Lucy Kaplansky and Jonah Luke, and has been featured several times at the Portland Poetry Slam. She moved back to the East Coast in the fall of 2014 to complete her third album, House on the Sea, with her brother/producer/drummer/bassist Donnie Spackman at Great Time Studios.
With a background in classical piano and a strong foundation in folk guitar, Anna’s soaring vocals and complex musical landscapes pay tribute to songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin, and Deb Talan. Her first two albums, Skin and Bones (2008) and Her Voice (2011), are both self-produced and explore a range of personal struggles, all with a sense of urgent searching, and deep reverence for, what it means to be human. Onstage, she is both tender and fierce, with the ability to take her audience to the height of her infectious energy or deep into the heart of a wound. She is unflinching in her exploration of our darkness, and emits a steady light through the journey. With a humble smile and a genuine thanks to her audience, Anna gives generously of herself in every performance, and the result is uplifting, soulful, and utterly riveting.
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Vocals & Guitar
- The Court Tavern
- Scarlet Pub
- Tierney's Tavern
- The Ashbury
- The Meatlocker
- The College of New Jersey
- Stanhope House
- Danny Cinch Transparent Gallery
- Naumberg Bandshell (Central Park)
- Manhattanville College
- Coffee House Without Limit
- John & Peter's
- World Cafe Live
- Alma Mater
- Bucks County College
- MJ Freed Theater
- Dahlak Paradise
- Creep Records
- The Grape Room
- MA Tones Records
Paul Simon | Bright Eyes | Bon Iver
Yearly finalist at Philly Rising Open Mic (World Cafe Live)
"The three-song album paints Miller as a thoughtful, soft-spoken songwriter who draws inspiration from little everyday moments. This is especially true on middle track “South Street,” a downtempo meditation that follows her on a walk past the bustling, vibrant stores lining the popular street. A dip into a book store draws out one of several poignant observations Katie weaves into her lyrics, leaving us to reflect on the line “How beautiful to love, and how lucky” on our own."
– Julie Miller, WXPN 88.5 The Key
"Katie Miller, a.k.a. Kate Dressed Up, dishes on her personal demons with “Anxiety Blues”. Found on her new EP Destinations, the song, adorned in a traditional country/blues arrangement, deals with the perplexing personal problems that can consume one’s mind regularly, especially during these head-scratching times. Sometimes, it just feels easier to over think than to move forward."