Originally from Easton PA, Brittany Ann Tranbaugh grew up on good songs and decided early on to make the pursuit of them a life-long love and practice. She got her start playing at the legendary Godfrey Daniel’s listening room in Bethlehem during high school. In 2009 she moved to Philadelphia where she attended Temple University and immersed herself in the city’s exciting music scene, opening for punk bands at college basement shows, serenading folkies in living rooms, and sharing stages with veteran songwriters at venues such as The Tin Angel and World Cafe Live. In 2010 she released her debut studio album, The Good in That, which she recorded at MorningStar studios in collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Glenn Barratt and a roster of top-notch Philly musicians.
Feeling tugged by the rich musical heritage and mountains of Appalachia, Tranbaugh relocated to Asheville NC in 2014. That year she took home the grand prize at the Brown Bag songwriting competition and became a Kerrville New Folk finalist. In 2015 she was a runner-up in the NewSong competition at LEAF. A nonprofit volunteer coordinator by day, she is currently working on a new batch of songs and looking forward to getting back in the studio sometime soon.
Armed with a voice somewhere near the intersection of Judy Collins and Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, a deep respect for a diverse pantheon of songwriters spanning decades and genres, and a songwriting style that is both fresh and rooted in the folk tradition, it’s no wonder Tranbaugh has won over audiences all across the Eastern U.S. Legendary Philly folk DJ once introduced her by saying “this young lady is the future of folk music.”