Angi West

Angi West

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Appalachian anti-pop

Biography

On February 12th 1981 Dona West looked at her sweet baby through the glass of the nursery, water frozen and snow pouring outside, as another woman pointed and noted, “Look at that poor, thing, ain't it pitiful.” The pity wore off, and the line turned into, “sit down here sweetie and sing us a song,” It was the coaxing of calico dressed old mountain women, elementary school janitors, southern Baptist preachers and opinionated uncles that convinced one small and slightly pitiful child that she was pretty damn special. Enough people told Angi West she could really sing, or win a heart or two, that she started to believe them. With an arsenal of learned confidence that is born of unwanted pity and a song for every season, Angi twists and turns through genres, always calling the songs back to the mountains and to a far off love of the early operatic melodies. Whatever the tag line to describe her music – post folk – Appalachian anti pop – operatic avant-garde folk rock – whimsical – she remains a slave to the melodies that move her and writes straight from the loneliness and hope that surround everyone.

“West is a musician with no shortage of potential, and seeing where she goes with it is just one benefit of having another gifted songwriter in our midst. She writes thoughtfully arranged tunes that wander through elements of folk, sun-dappled guitar and piano-driven pop and the occasional hint at twangy alt-country…” Chris Cooper – Smoky Mtn. New

“Angi West is ambitious, intelligent, and unafraid. She is also gracious, humble and kind. Of all her attributes, the one that stands out the most is the one that all of us could use a little more of. — Angi West has hope.” Amanda Brumfield – Pop Rock Candy Mountain

“The genuine-ness of her material and do-it-yourself initiative are a sign of the times. “The days of the pop star are over,” the singer says. Now it’s her time to shine.” – Alli Marshall for Verve

Lyrics

It's Fine to Lie

Written By: Angi West

It’s Fine to Lie

He left in the morning on a flight to San Francisco
To be by his brother’s side, dying alone
I knew but no one told me
At thirteen I knew but no one
Told me he was gone

It’s fine to lie if you don’t hurt anyone anyone
It’s fine to tell the truth if you don’t hurt anyone

I left in the morning on a flight to Dallas
To sing at my darling’s funeral and cry alone
I knew but I wish no one told me
I knew but I wish no one told me
He was gone

It’s fine to lie if you don’t hurt anyone anyone
It’s fine to tell the truth if you don’t hurt anyone
It’s fine to lie if you don’t hurt anyone anyone
It’s fine to tell the truth if you don’t hurt anyone

Right before he left this world
I was sitting in his company
His smile beaming down and telling everyone
If the truth hurts, it’s not the truth x3

It’s fine to lie…….

Elijah

Written By: Angi West


Elijah

Go ahead and sleep Elijah
For my love it’s where we met
In the starlit nights that wrapped me up
And rocked my heart
In dreams of you

Go ahead and cry Elijah
For my love it’s how I know
That you feel free to call on me
And break my heart
With love for you

-Break-

Go ahead and sing Elijah
For my love your voice is true
Let every word and every note
Be the song that brings love to you

Discography

Love is a Special Way of Feeling - released 2009
Orange Thread in a Blue Sea - released 2007

Set List

My set list varies depending on the venue and the audience