Rising Violets

Rising Violets intertwines the delicate, ethereal voice of Marie McGilvray (Ante M) known for her poetic anthems to the mysteries of nature and life itself, with Jenn Franklin’s powerful vulnerability and level of artistry that comes from being a lifelong performing songwriter. Evocative soundscapes and exquisite harmonies invite audiences to have an intimate encounter with the handcrafted songs and stories straight from the diaries of wildflowers.

"When I heard Marie and Jenn perform, I knew I wanted more: more music, more conversation, more them. Immediately drawn to their music, I quickly became equally enamored with their personalities." – Amy Lyles Wilson, Author, Creative Facilitator & Rising Violets House Concert Host


Marie McGilvray began writing and performing her mysterious music in her early teens. Offering luscious melodies against a cinematic landscape of spacious arrangements, her ethereal alternative/pop/folk sound has been compared to artists like Kate Bush and Sarah McLachlan. Listeners feel comforted and consoled even as McGilvray’s lyrics surprise, intrigue, and reach their innermost spaces. In 2007, she released her debut EP “Big Love,” and her song “Mockingbird” was featured regionally in the 2008 Presidential campaign. She recently completed a full-length record as the Ante M band entitled "Solitary World" produced by Mark Ephraim (Neko Case, The New Pornographers). She was a finalist in the Eddie's Attic Songwriter’s Shootout – a bi-annual show that features some of the best up and coming singer-songwriters in the country. She has performed as a guest of the Songwriter’s Showcase at the Bitter End in New York; Other guest performances include: the Bluebird Café, the Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, the Midpoint Music Festival, and Googie's in New York. She is known to appeal to creative, adventurous, nature-hugging, trend-bending, beauty-loving music and art fans. antemband.com risingviolets.com

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Jenn Franklin's power and raw talent put her in league with the top songstresses of today's alt-rock/singer-songwriter scene.“Her songs evoke a warmth and intelligence that most of her peers could only dream of. The music contained herein is at times powerful, delicate, poignant, beautiful, haunting and, most of all, important,” says Jim Reilley, Grammy-nominated artist and founding member of The New Dylans. Reilley produced "Girl Invisible," the critically acclaimed sophomore release by Franklin whose intelligent, edgy, melodic sounds have been heard on MTV's "Real World," and over 175 college radio stations. Performing Songwriter magazine says, "a bold voice that asserts instant authority...Franklin's confident delivery ensures an indelible impression." With her song "Hold Up The World," she was a finalist in the 2010 Lilith Fair Contest for Nashville. In 2016, Franklin released “Hungry For Hope,” her third album dedicated to her personal journey of recovering from an eating disorder. More at jennfranklin.com hungryforhope.org risingviolets.com

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Upcoming Events

April 3, 2020 @ 5p
Fairfield Glade Art Guild Spring Show
April 9, 2020 @ 6p
Music Maker's Stage
April 18, 2020
Operation Song Women's Retreat
Private Event
April 24, 2020 @ 6p
Benefit for Aura Home Women Vets
April 26, 2020 @ 4p
Healing Through Sound Concert
Kim's Place
Highway 14, Greer, SC
May 30, 2020
Private House Concert
Tulsa, OK
June 3, 2020 @ noon
Art Circle Library
June 3, 2020 @ 7p
Private House Concert
Crossville, TN
June 4, 2020 @ 6:30p
Music Maker's Stage
Rising Violets with Paul Nielsen & Lisa Hannah, and David Llewelyn & Ida Kristin
June 11, 2020 @ 5p
Private House Concert
Bowling Green, KY
June 13, 2020
Art in the Park, Plateau Creative Arts Center

Past Events

Feb 23, 2020 @ 5p
The Nashville Lightwork Awards
Jenn Franklin is nominated & will be performing!
Jan 24, 2020 @ noon
WDVX Blue Plate Special
Knoxville TN
Jan 24, 2020 @ 6pm
Vienna Coffeehouse
Nov 3, 2019 @ 4pm
West Meade Private House Concert
Nashville, TN
October 20, 2019 @ 2pm
Asheville Wise Woman Private Concert
Asheville, TN
October 18, 2019 @ 1:30p
Charles George VA Medical Center
Asheville, NC
October 16, 2019 @ noon
Art Circle Public Library
August 22, 2019 @ 6:30p
Rising Violets with David Llewellyn & Ida Kristin, Shawn Byrne, & Ronny & Sarah Criss at Music Makers Stage
July 27, 2019 @ 6p
Rising Violets, Burn The Treaty, and Melanie Shelley at Music Maker's Stage
July 2, 2019 @ 5:30p
Zulfat Suara fundraiser w/ Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor and Rising Violets at Oz Arts
June 15, 2019
Private House Concert
Nashville, TN
May 19, 2019 @ 1:30p
Meet and Greet Event for Zulfat Suara
Candidate for Metro Council At Large
May 4, 2019 @ 11a
Ten Thousand Villages Grand Opening