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).
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 1200 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 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 Sept. 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 speaks regularly on topics of family, parenting, and music education.
The Annie Moses Band signed with Warner Classics in spring of 2015. The band is currently touring music from their newest album, American Rhapsody, due in stores Sept. 11, 2015. 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.
Each summer the Annie Moses Band 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. The Academy offers tracks in orchestra, jazz band, woodwinds, musical theater arts (voice, dance, and drama), guitar, piano, harp, and stage tech, alongside intensive studies in improv, music theory, classical technique, and bluegrass. This culminates in a WNPT PBS syndicated telecast with the Young Artist Symphony. The Academy holds multiple performances at Nashville venues including Bluegrass Underground, Bluebird Cafe, Cannery Ballroom, and the Grand Ole Opry House .