The country music artist Angaleena Presley was born in 1976 in Kentucky. Raised in the rural area of Beauty, Angaleena grew up in a working class household – her father was a coal miner and her mother was a teacher in the local school district. But music was a constant presence in the Presley household when Angaleena was growing up, and her parents exposed her to the music of Merle Haggard and other country music artists throughout her formative years.
After learning to play the guitar when she was a teenager, Angaleena figured out quickly that her aspirations were to become a professional musician. She moved to Nashville after finishing college and landed her first gig as a publisher, which brought her in contact with some of country’s quickly rising stars, including Miranda Lambert. Presley struck a friendship with Lambert and Ashley Monroe, and the trio established Pistol Annies in 2011.
Pistol Annies’ debut, Hell on Heels, arrived later that same year and Angaleena Presley began touring with the group immediately. The group’s sophomore endeavor, Annie Up, followed in 2013, rising to gold status and spawning the singles “Hush Hush,” “Unhappily Married,” “Don’t Talk About Him, Tina,” and “Damn Thing.”
Angaleena Presley continues to write, perform, and record as a member of Pistol Annies. The trio has plans for additional tours and album releases in the near future.