Annie Moses Band is a classical-crossover ensemble of six siblings, known for their virtuosic string playing, eclectic vocals and stylistically diverse arrangements. Their music includes classical, Americana, progressive folk, and jazz influences.
Named for their great grandmother, Annie Moses Band began in 2001 with lead singer/violinist, Annie Wolaver, and her siblings, Alex (viola) and Ben (cello). Juilliard-educated, the trio united with a rhythm section led by their father, award-winning composer/arranger/pianist Bill Wolaver, and began touring the United States, performing a 33 concert run in their second year. Over the last decade, the group has recorded 12 albums, 5 live DVDs, and performed in hundreds of venues across the United States. The band has expanded to include the other members of the Wolaver family: Camille (harp/B3), Gretchen (violin/mandolin/guitar), and Jeremiah (electric guitar).
2008 - 2013
The Annie Moses Band signed with Provident Sony in 2008 and subsequently released This Glorious Christmas, which hit the Top Ten on Billboard Magazine's Classical Crossover chart. The following year, the band released a PBS special, Christmas With The Annie Moses Band which garnered over 1,200 hours of airtime, setting the record for a debut artist. In 2012, Annie Moses Band made their debut at Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. Their album, Pilgrims & Prodigals, ranked No. 11 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart and peaked at No. 6 on Billboard's Heatseekers - Northeast chart. The first single, "Blush", debuted as a music video on GAC (Great American Country) in Nov. 2012. On August 26th, 2013, Annie Moses Band performed on the popular Americana show, Woodsongs The band also made an appearance that same year on Huckabee.
The Band's mother and founder, Robin Wolaver, released a memoir in September 2013 entitled The Song of Annie Moses which relates the story of the group's namesake, Annie Moses, and the generations that followed her from the cotton patches of Depression-era Texas to the halls of The Juilliard School. The book hit #1 on Barnes & Noble.com on the day of its release. Robin Wolaver speaks regularly on topics of family, parenting, and music education.
The Annie Moses Band signed with Warner Classics in the spring of 2015. The band toured music from their newest album, American Rhapsody that year. Inspired by George Gershwin's description of his Rhapsody in Blue as an "American musical kaleidoscope", the album includes original songs and classic American folk tunes. The tour culminated with Western Odyssey, the band's journey of exploration of the western landscapes of the United States. The trip took them to the Grand Canyon, the Rockies, and all across the midwest and beyond. The trip yielded several hit music videos, including "West, Pioneer!" and "Cherokee," two original songs exploring the band's family roots.
In the spring of 2016 Annie Moses Band released its second album with Warner Classics, The Art of the Love Song, a re-imagining of classic love songs dealing with all aspects of love.
Currently the Annie Moses Band continues its year-round touring, including a performance in Paris, France in April. New recording projects, especially new music videos, are in production amidst the band's musical education endeavors in engaging young musicians in new musical opportunities through The Fine Arts Summer Academy and the Conservatory of Annie Moses.
Each summer the Annie Moses Band through the Annie Moses Foundation hosts the Fine Arts Summer Academy (FASA), a two-week arts program for young performers held on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Since its founding in 2004, The Fine Arts Summer Academy has attracted students from all over the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. The Academy offers tracks in orchestra, jazz band, woodwinds, musical theater arts (voice, dance, and drama), guitar, piano, harp, and stage tech, with intensive studies in improvisation, music theory, classical technique, and bluegrass. The event culminates in a syndicated telecast from WNPT-PBS of the FASA Young Artist Symphony at the Grand Ole Opry House. The Academy holds multiple performances at Nashville venues including Bluegrass Underground, Bluebird Cafe, Cannery Ballroom, and the Grand Ole Opry House. . The Band's musical education outreach continues at the Conservatory of Annie Moses, a musical academy where students can enroll in a variety of programs offering vocal, instrumental, composition, performance, and music business tracks.
Other Media Appearances
The Annie Moses Band has appeared on PBS, Fox News and FOX 5 (KVVU Las Vegas), ABC-Dallas's "Good Morning Texas", Janet Parshall's America, the 700 Club, TBN, and LeSea Broadcasting; and in the pages of Southern Living, Strings Magazine,The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News, The Tennessean, and The Chattanoogan.