2012 San Diego Music Award Nominee :
Best Americana Album
Best Jazz Album
Best Americana Artist
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Named BEST ALBUM 2011 by SD RockNRoll :
"A complete, well-rounded ear full of Americana music that features the sultry, understated vocals and songwriting ability of Nena Anderson. Anderson uses her soulful approach to pull you into her world of lost love laments with delightful ease. The songs are so well crafted, and with the help of her solid backing band, make up a gorgeous collection of material. It’s a record that I seem to keep going back to over the course of last year and I am sure, because of its depth and staying power, I will be spinning it for years to come."
"part Neko Case and part Billie Holiday, with a dash of Ragged Glory-era Neil Young thrown in in for good measure." - OwlandBear.com
"Beyond The Lights" showcases 10 original songs that are so familiar and warm, you will think that you have heard them before, and you will want to listen to them over and over again. From the moody, minor-keyed, driving swamp blues of "Daggers," the rollicking 60's piano soul groove of "Roses & Kisses," to the catchy heartache of "I Fall In Love Too Fast," Nena proves she can write timeless songs for a modern audience.
Nena's current backing band, The Mules, are: Mike Butler, guitar (the Boxmasters), Patrick McClory, bass (Alex Woodard band), and Richard Larson, drums. The album also features pedal steel player David Berzansky (Hacienda Brothers) and Mike Feldman (Freddy & Francine) on keys.
Nena has shared stages as support for such artists as Raul Malo, Dave Alvin, Switchfoot, Charlie Musselwhite, Dan Hicks, Anya Marina, Jolie Holland and Jimmie Vaughan. She has toured as June Carter with the Johnny Cash tribute band, Cash'd Out, and is also a contributing songwriter and performer for a new collaborative project entitled For The Sender.