TRAVELING LIGHT is Nancy’s second solo release (she released the R&B-tinged “Violet” in 2005) and was produced by Nashville producer and guitarist/singer Thomm Jutz. Thomm gathered a band of all-star Nashville players to create a lush soundscape of acoustic beauty to hold Nancy’s songs and crystal-clear vocals. The album features 10 original songs (some previously recorded by The Westerleys) as well as one cover song written by an early influence—David Gates of Bread. Musicians on the record include: Paul Griffith/drums, Dave Francis/bass, Thomm Jutz/guitars and vocals, Steve Conn/keyboards, Justin Moses/fiddle and banjo, as well as Britt Savage and JT Brown on harmony vocals. This album was made with love and joy as a gift to Nancy’s friends and family.
Born and raised in upstate New York at the base of the Adirondack Mountains, Nancy started singing and writing songs in high school—inspired by her love of natural beauty and wide-open spaces. As a young girl she listened and sang along to records by America, Bread, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, EmmyLou Harris, Jackson Browne and Dan Fogelberg, to name a few. Inspired by great songwriters and gorgeous harmonies sung over beautiful acoustic music, she took up guitar and taught herself to enter this musical world that she loved so much.
After graduating from Syracuse University, Nancy moved west to northern California where she soon formed a folk acoustic harmony trio called The Westerleys. The Westerleys recorded 3 albums, toured extensively in the western region as well as nationally, and entered the Americana radio charts right about the time the term was coined in the 90’s. In 2000 she moved to Nashville, TN and honed her craft among some of the greatest songwriters and musicians in the world.