Vanessa Lively
(Austin, TX)

Vanessa Lively creates an eclectic blend of folk & world music that beautifully join heartfelt lyrics with soulful vocals. Drawing on a compelling mix of tempos and styles that embrace hints of urban, world, Latin, funk and pop, Lively’s songs fully capture her compassionate nature and love of community. Margaret Moser of The Austin Chronicle describes Vanessa’s music as “folk music on fire with worldly rhythms and a Latin pulse.”  Lively was named one of the Top 10 Artists of the Year by KUNC in Colorado and one of the Top Artists of the Year by Where The Birds Fly in Germany. “Austin’s Vanessa Lively is a true multi-discipline artist. She’s a singer, songwriter, musician and painter with a do-it-yourself attitude and a compassionate spirit.” – Mario Tarradell, The Dallas Morning News.  Lively was honored in 2017 with the Artist Activist Award by Music To Life. With the grant, Lively started her a music program that works within Austin’s homeless community. She is currently leading music circles for her program called Home Street Music in Austin. www.vanessalively.com

Vanessa has been a graphic designer for the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation for the last few years and created the original artwork that stands as the 2019 Kerrville Folk Festival theme. (see slideshow below) She has graciously donated the original canvas painting to the KFF Foundation Virtual Silent Auction. For more info on Vanessa's graphic design, fine art or music, email her at info@vanessalively.com

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