By the time TROY alumna Anna Garrott graduated with a marketing degree in 2006, she had an inkling that the corporate world would have to wait a while.
Nashville would become her goal, but certainly as no stranger to the stage. From the age of three, she was a performer – singing everywhere from country fairs to Opryland and Disney World. Then she hit the local club circuit in Troy, where she was born and reared by TROY marketing Professor Steve Garrott and his wife Priscilla.
In 2008, she moved to Nashville and put together her own band. She and the band are now touring everywhere from Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama.
Now with a recording contract from Blue Steel Records, Garrott has released her debut CD “Only Time Will Tell.”
“I really wanted the music to be a blend of classic country and southern rock. You know, Patsy Cline meets Bonnie Raitt,” she said of her CD.
The album, as well as other merchandise, is available on her Web site, www.AnnaGarrott.com.
Since moving to Nashville, Garrott has signed a writer’s deal with the publishing company Crane Wreck Music for her songwriting. She is currently in the studio writing and recording her sophomore album scheduled for release in the winter of 2010.
Since signing with Blue Steel Records, she’s opened for some of country music’s greatest acts such as Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, James Otto, Craig Morgan, Joe Nichols, Phil Stacey, Gene Watson and Jeff Bates.
“I am truly proud to be a Troy University graduate,” Garrott said. “I can also honestly say that I use the knowledge I gained from my degree in marketing every single day in the music business. Thanks to all of my professors in the College of Business, I feel like TROY has given me a leg up on many other artists in the business in that I am able to successfully network, brand, market and promote myself as an artist.”