Lily Bee is a Vietnamese-American singer-songwriter. She has done performances across the U.S., with notable venues including spaces such as the Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles, the White House Department of the Interior, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
She recently finished a PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Urban Studies & Planning, specializing in disaster risk reduction. In past lives, she has produced science stories for public radio, organized citizen science projects, completed a full marathon; written and directed a musical; worked for a ghostwriter; been the coordinator of a hip-hop dance team; worked on Capitol Hill, and served in AmeriCorps.
Anchors Aweigh is a tiny album for big feelings. It is the artist's third musical release into the world. You would usually hear the phrase “anchors aweigh” when a ship is about to pull up its anchor and leave shore, but sometimes people confuse its meaning for anchoring down and staying.
Writing this album was open heart surgery. I wrote these songs largely to comfort myself through especially hard times, and though they are deeply personal stories, I hope you can relate to them in your own way.
There are five songs, one for each stage of grief: denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and acceptance.
I am ever so grateful for the people who have made this EP possible, especially Lewis Richards (producer, bass, guitar, keys), Nick Sabia (arranger & background vocals), Ian Foreman (drums), Gary Brandin (steel pedal guitar), Adrian Olmos (saxophone), Mariel Maranan (album art), Viktor Nguyen-Lieu (creative director), Thi Nguyen (marketing strategist), Hai Truong (stylist), and my close friends and family. You have all brought me back to life.
It has been six years since my last musical project, so if you are still here listening, thank you - so very much - from the bottom of my healing heart.