ASCAP Member Anna Tivel Goes “All The Way” and Wins the 2019 ASCAP Foundation Sammy Cahn Award

September 27, 2019

Sammy Cahn
Sammy Cahn

For 24 years The ASCAP Foundation has honored the life and career of the late lyricist and former ASCAP Board member Sammy Cahn with The Sammy Cahn Award. The Award, made possible by his wife, Tita Cahn, is given to a promising lyricist. Past winners include John Mayer, Josh Ritter, Lori McKenna, Nicole Atkins, Katie Herzig and many more.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Sammy Cahn Award recipient is Anna Tivel for her song “Dark Chandelier” off of her album Small Believer.

Anna Tivel is a Northwest based, internationally touring folk singer-songwriter who is forever drawn to the quiet stories of ordinary life. The characters and imagery that populate her writing are full of breath and vivid color. With four full length albums out and fifth one recently released, Anna has been likened to a short story writer and praised by NPR, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and others for her keen observations of the human condition. Her album Small Believer that was released in 2017, with the winning track “Dark Chandelier,” was heralded by NPR as ‘an album that repeatedly achieves this exquisite balance of the quotidian and the sublime.’ Anna has recently released a new album, The Question, which was called ‘one of the most ambitious folk records of 2019’ by NPR.

She has also been selected as the winner of both the Telluride Troubadour Songwriter Award and the Kerrville New Folk Award. In addition to all of her tremendous accomplishments, Anna’s latest album reached number one on the Paste Magazine’s list of ‘10 Essential Folk Albums of 2019’.

A special thanks to this year’s Sammy Cahn Award judges, Jonatha Brooke, Pamela Oland and Eric Roberson.