Growing up, show business was in Audra Mae’s blood. Her great grandmother, Virginia, was a member of the Gumm Sisters, whose youngest member, Francis Ethel Gumm, grew up to be Judy Garland. Her paternal grandmother turned her on to country and folk artists like Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Woody Guthrie, while her maternal grandfather introduced her to jazz.
Since arriving in California seven years ago, on Elvis Presley’s birthday no less, with the proverbial $20 in her pocket, Audra Mae has done alright for herself. She landed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell, a TV placement singing Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” on the hit F/X series, Sons of Anarchy, and in 2009, wrote the lyrics to “Why I Was Born to Die,” the only original track on Susan Boyle’s chart-topping, 9 million- selling I Dreamed a Dream album.
“Life gives you what it wants you to have. I try to stay in that constant state of being grateful for where I am, and have faith that it’s just a matter of time to get these messages out to more and more people every day. I’m just trying to trust that this is the life I’m supposed to have, this is where I’m supposed to be.”
Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound are here…and not a moment too soon.