THE LAY AWAKES is an acoustic pop duo based in Brooklyn, NY, with roots in the Canadian prairies and small town Ontario.
Anna Paddock and Patrick Anderson formed the The Lay Awakes in the fall of 2014, and began working on an EP with producer Jeremy McDonald (Kevin Garrett's Mellow Drama, The Welcome Wagon's A Work Of Love In Progress ). The independent self-titled debut was released in July, 2015.
Anna (piano, vocals) grew up in various states and provinces, but her family ties reach back to rural Manitoba. Her musical roots trace back to classical piano studies and the inspiration of dance and theatre, which led her to study music at Trinity Western University and composition at New York University. During this time, Anna began writing songs, released a solo album in 2013, toured in Canada and the US, and most notably opened for Paul Simon at New York’s Beacon Theater.
Patrick (guitar, vocals) was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up in Fergus, Ontario. His music lineage goes back to the family campfire and songbook. He studied music at Vancouver Community College and at Hunter College in Manhattan. Patrick has spent many years representing Canada in wheelchair basketball and is a three-time Paralympic gold medalist.