For the past 10 years, singer-songwriter Anna Gilbert has been, in her words, “hustling, playing live, writing and recording as much as humanly possible.”
Playing the piano and guitar and singing, “My musical journey has led me all over the map,” she tells. “I moved to Nashville two different times in my life, and have lived in Portland and Eugene off and on for college and grad school.” She found some success in Music City, working with Grammy-winning producer Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, The Lone Bellow) and licensing some music, “but ultimately decided that Oregon was my home and where I wanted to live and pursue the genre I loved the most: pop.”
Enter Shy Honey. Borne of a feeling, an urge “to try something brand new and step away from the singer-songwriter stuff I had been doing for so long,” Gilbert started “working on some electro synthpop songs” and “felt a synergy and momentum around the collection of tracks I had written.”
“Runaway,” Shy Honey’s debut single, is full of sounds of the ’80s and ’90s. Written by Gilbert and Troy Welstad (a local producer who’s been a touring keyboard player with P!nk, Selena Gomez and A Fine Frenzy), “Runaway” is a song “about running away and getting out of Dodge with someone you’re attracted to,” Gilbert says, and the video reflects that same “carefree feeling of having an impulsive night out on the town.” It’s “a little retro, a little nostalgic and lot of running around town having fun.”
With a handful of retro-modern love songs out now, Shy Honey make some great Valentine’s Day listening—plus look for their next single "Potion" out on February 22!