Joel Ansett returns to his hometown for show at the Bartlett

November 23, 2018

Joel Ansett grew up in Spokane, but it wasn’t until moving to Pittsburgh for college that he began stretching his songwriting muscles.

While in school, Ansett performed around campus. After graduation, the work he put in while in school allowed him to pursue music full time.

The folk-R&B singer released “The Living Room” EP and, after relocating to Denver in 2014, a full-length album called “The Nature of Us.”

The album came together thanks to the support of Ansett’s family, friends and fans, who raised $25,000 in 30 days.

“These songs are all about identity – ‘Who am I?’ ” Ansett wrote on his website. “At the outset, I think I’d rather not ask that question… So with this album, I was trying to be brave and ask that question over and over again. It led to some amazing highs and amazing lows and each song on this record presents a different layer of that identity. While it’s obviously not an all-encompassing picture of who we are as humans, I hope the songs bring revelation for us to see ourselves and our life stories more clearly.”

Ansett is teasing his second full-length on his website, so expect to hear a new tune or two when he returns for a hometown show at the Bartlett on Friday.

If you go: 8 p.m. Friday; the Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague Ave.; $10, available through Eventbrite.

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