Lila Nelson Bio:
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Lila Nelson began her lyrical life in the Santa Margarita River Valley of Southern California with stints in Washington State, Idaho, and Santa Cruz, California. Later she spent years in beautiful and remote Arcata, California where she honed her skills as a performer, earning a degree in theatre arts, and working between tour dates as a DJ on the award winning independent radio station, KHUM. What began as knack for lyricism and harmony blossomed into full fledged crafts-womanship and stage savvy. Her early guitar and piano based songs often echoed the stark, often wry first person of her old pen-pal, Loudon Wainwright III. But her sound gradually found a home in its own rich elliptical song-scapes. Loudon remarks on her 2004 debut: “Great songs…poetic tendrils that cling…” In 2005 she was featured on the front page of Neil Young’s website with her song “Fresh Paint,” which “hit home.” She was also named semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for “Hold it in Your Hand” and she played with the celebrated Richie Havens. She has sung and acted with the internationally acclaimed Dell’ Arte Players. In 2008 she recorded with Freddy Koella (Bob Dylan, k.d. lang, Carla Bruni) in Santa Monica, CA and toured with the late Kenny Edwards (Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon). “Letter Home” features Koella, Edwards, Don Heffington (Jayhawks) and Stewart Cole (Sara McLachlan, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros). Upon moving to Oakland, CA in 2009 Nelson played with Ben Folds at the premiere Bay Area venue, The Fox Theater and toured overseas.
Nelson’s sixth album “The Fret & The Fray” features guest appearances from notable Portland musicians Tony Furtado, Skip VonKuske and Matt Berger of The Portland Cello Project, Asher Fulero, John Nastos, members of Greylag (Andrew Stonestreet, Daniel Dixon, Mark Robertson), Come Gather Round Us (Sebastian Rogers and Catherine Feeny) and Great Wilderness (Emily Wilder and Laura Kucera). It was produced by Grammy nominated Sebastian Rogers in The Magic Closet in Portland, Oregon in 2011. Nelson’s songs have found their home on records ranging from folk to alt country to electronica. With Rogers she catapults her sound and arrangements into new territory. She says, “‘The Fret & The Fray’ has a kind of energy I’ve been wanting to record for a long time. The liveness–the danciness–on some of the songs is a new, but fitting frontier for me. I grew up dancing. That paradox of the deeply contemplative and the wholly unrestrained speaks to me. Plus, sometimes you just have to make some noise.”
Lila Nelson plays with her bay area outfit “Lila Nelson and The Job.” The Job consists of Bay Area musicians Jimi Mitchell (keys), Otto Huber (drums) and Brandon Essex (bass).
She recently gave birth to her greatest work: Viva Caliendo.
Madeline Music in an independent record label and publishing company founded in 2000. It currently operates out of Oakland, CA.