Franklin Life - Discovering Lucy Angel


"There is a trio of women in Franklin that have made a national splash on the country music and TV scenes, and they've hit the ground running.Lucy Angel, made up of mother Kate Anderton and daughters Lindsay and Emily, has been around for a few years, but 2015 just might be the year when most of America knows their name, their music and their family.

Not only has the trio released their self-titled debut album in the new year, they're also seeing the initial single, "Crazy Too," (written by Shane McAnally, Brandy Clark and Karyn Rochel) receive acclaim from critics and fans alike and "Discovering Lucy Angel," a new AXS TV docu-series about their family and making it in the industry, make a splash on TV, as well.

The idea for TV show came about through the TV producer, J.T. Taylor, who had heard about them and pitched the idea for the show to AXS TV. The AXS TV program executives were intrigued and ordered a 13-episode season. The season kicked off Jan. 13 on AXS TV, which is available on AT&T U-verse, Dish Channel 167 and DirecTV Channel 340.

In the premiere episode the Anderton family members rehearse and prepare for the biggest performance of their career: a live concert at the Pocono Raceway.

"What is endearing about the Anderton Family is, in everything they do, they are loud, loving and passionate about pursuing the musical success of Lucy Angel," said Michele M. Dix, AXS TV's senior vice president of programming and development. "With 'Discovering Lucy Angel,' AXS TV continues its dedication to music and entertainment programming, while further connecting with country music and reality TV fans."

While on a whirlwind national media tour in January, the trio sat down with Franklin Life to talk about the past few months.

"Lindsay and I were a duo for a few years," Kate said. "Emily really wasn't interested in being in the group when we moved to Franklin about 10 years ago. After about a year or so, Emily decided she wanted to be in the group. She was shy, but once she joined, we knew she'd made the right move."

Lindsay said the group immediately immersed themselves in the Nashville music scene.

"I feel like we've been in the process," Lindsay said. "We've evolved. As soon as we moved here, we began writing songs, listening to songwriters, and getting a great appreciation for the talents that is here in the Nashville area. I now feel as if we have evolved as a group. We've completed our first full album and have hooked up with AXS TV, which is the perfect marriage. Our series fits in perfectly with their format. This is crazy and has all come together at the right time."

Kate said that in this day and age, with home studios and in a world of many independent labels and much more competition for radio play, it's difficult to get "the right exposure to get to radio, so we're excited about the connection with AXS TV to get our name and family out to radio and the fans."

Emily said AXS TV is the perfect venue because "they show live concerts every week and music-related shows throughout the week."

The group went by different names before Lucy Angel but settled on it about a year before Emily joined Kate and Lindsay, Kate said. Kate, who was born to an Army family in Japan said it "refers back to my days as an Army brat. It is named after a WWII bomber."

Kate sang her first solo at age four and has never stopped performing since. Kate and her husband met in the premiere vocal performance group, Young Ambassadors, at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. They were married two years later, and their firstborn child Lindsay came along shortly after.

As the lead singer in the group, Lindsay made her stage debut at the age of four Her passion for music was a major influence on the family's decision to move from their home in Mesa, Ariz. to Nashville 10 years ago.

The youngest Anderton daughter, Emily has been performing most of her life. Emily perfected her skills over the years to play guitar and sing high harmonies in the Lucy Angel trio.

Lucy Angel is more than just a trio of singers with tight harmonies and a unique sound. They're a family act. The father, Doug, better known as G-Man, serves as the band's manager. He is the consummate showman when it comes to promoting his family's country music band.

"G-Man is a unique individual," Lindsay said. "I've never met anyone else like him. He's the biggest believer in us. He's our biggest supporter and the most excited person in the audience in every show. He has different ideas as to how to get the marketing and managing of our band done, but he's reasonable and is easy to talk to. He's really excited for all of us. Seeing his excitement makes it sweeter. Seeing his wife and his daughters do this is wonderful. He's always been a big supporter of mom and her dreams."

Emily agreed.

"We couldn't have done any of this without the G-Man's support along the way," she said.

Brother Jake, the youngest child in the Anderton family, oversees all of Lucy Angel's video and social media projects. He is a talented director who does not mind speaking up when he thinks they are not doing the right thing creatively. Jake attended film school in Los Angeles and has previously worked in post-production in television. In addition to his work with his family and Lucy Angel, Jake works on freelance projects for a handful of other musicians in Nashville.

The eldest son of the Anderton clan, Fletcher "Fletch" Anderton is an officer and director of an insurance and financial services company in Arizona.

Two others play heavily into the cast of "Discovering Lucy Angel." One is well-known songwriter Anthony "Smitty" Smith, Linsday's boyfriend and father to their baby daughter McCartney. A multi-award winning and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, musician and record producer, Anthony has had over 200 of his songs recorded by some of the biggest names in music today. Smith has produced and co-written many of Lucy Angel's songs, including the "Discovering Lucy Angel" theme song "Serious."

Another family member, McCartney Blaze Smith, or "Baby Mac," is the daughter of Lindsay Anderton and Anthony Smith. McCartney loves to dance and has been known to find her way to the music no matter where it is playing. She is the first grandchild in the Anderton family.

Another "character," although not human, in the show is the Lucy Angel limo. The black stretch limo is graced on the sides with the ladies' faces and their logo. The ladies aren't always comfortable with it. It was G-Man's idea.

"The Lucy Angel limo should only be for special occasions, but has become a character unto itself in the show," Emily laughed. "In a way, it has done it's job in getting our name out there, and dad had a point. The problem is, it looks like it's for Lucy Angel Escort Service."

Kate said the family chose to live in Franklin "because of the beautiful area. We didn't know where we were going to move to. We stayed in a hotel in Franklin for two months before we chose to live here. We just love the whole area. I'd drive around and always end up on Franklin Road and was just blown away by the beauty. Downtown Franklin is just the cutest area I've ever seen. It looks just like my Christmas village I put up every year. I tell the people I know out West that Southern hospitality is real. When we moved here, our neighbors brought us ham, cookies and took us to a Titans game to welcome us here. When my family comes from out West to visit they say they're moving here."

In the past, they've toured around the world from Japan to Switzerland to China, and were the first first Western/American act to ever sing at the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. They've opened for Jake Owen, Montgomery Gentry, Charlie Daniels, Jerrod Niemann, Casey James, Neal McCoy and more.

In addition, they've starred in an episode of HGTV's "Interiors Inc" during which they premiered their co-written song, "Cowboy Can."

This year, the family hopes for big things, from radio, from TV, from touring and new fans.

"In 2015, we hope to get our music out there to the fans," Kate said. "We hope people watch the show on AXS and get to know our family and out music. We want to tour and meet new fans. We also hope to have other opportunities to play other big festivals such as 'Stagecoach,' which is also featured on AXS."

Working with the entire family can be stressful, but Emily has learned to take it in stride.

"We used to take our brothers and sisters for granted until we got older, and then we got closer to our siblings," she said. Now we feel so lucky to have them in our lives."

"Discovering Lucy Angel," will air on Tuesday nights, beginning at 8 p.m. CST on AXS-TV. It will re-air on Tuesday nights at 11 p.m. CST and Saturday at 7 p.m. CST."

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