[Biography]

Ann Kosakowski McNamee retired as Professor Emerita of Music Theory at Swarthmore College in order to pursue a new career as a songwriter and performer. Over 250 songs, ten albums, and 750 live shows later, she’s widening her horizons to include collaborating on musical theater projects and restoring a Thomas Church garden.

Ann’s portfolio of over 250 songs offers a fresh perspective on relationships and the ever-changing world. Her Wellesley College B.A. and Yale Ph.D. in Music Theory demonstrate that she knows about the rules she’s breaking. Influenced by such diverse masters as Carole King, Lennon and McCartney, Bob Dylan, Elton John, the Velvet Underground, and Igor Stravinsky, Ann composed for and sang with the Flying Other Brothers band from 1999 to 2006. She then composed for, sang, played keys, and toured with the popular San Francisco band Moonalice, led by her husband Roger McNamee.

Some highlights:

  • participating in the Lilith Fair tour (2010) with Ann Atomic, a band formed for this tour (Eric McFadden, Jon Evans, Curt Bisquera, Roger Love, and Mookie Siegel)
  • recording 103 original (often co-written) songs over the span of 13 years, with such extraordinarily generous musicians as Bono, T Bone Burnett, Eric McFadden, Jon Evans, Julie Wolf, Curt Bisquera, Roger Love, Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns, Melvin Seals, Stacy Parrish, and G. E. Smith, with Ann Atomic, the Flying Other Brothers, and Moonalice
  • playing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass for eight years, once with Warren Hellman himself, and at Bonnaroo, Summer Camp, Oregon Country Fair, Gathering of the Vibes, and the Summer of Love Anniversary
  • warming up for U2 at the Oakland Coliseum and performing for the SF Giants at AT&T Park for Jerry Day with Moonalice (Roger McNamee, John Molo, Pete Sears, and Barry Sless)
  • co-writing “It’s 4:20 Somewhere,” a song recognized by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame for 2.4 million downloads, and co-writing “Fifteen Cadillacs,” used during the pre-game show for the 2012 Super Bowl
  • most importantly, all the free concerts and benefits, some with Moonalice Poster Art Trees (Union Square, Delancey Street, NCEFT, the 4:20 shows, and many, many more)
  • co-writing music and lyrics with Roger Love on two musicals, LOVE BYTES (book by Carl Ritchie, with Elise Dewsberry as dramaturge), and THE LAER PROJECT (with co-creators Hunter Bell and Gabriel Barre)