Only musicians who have spent years honing their craft can create an album as thoughtful and masterful as Light Through Glass. But what sets Mad Andersons apart and what gives them their unique sound is the disparate nature of Catherine’s and Nolan’s musical gifts—and that comes from the different paths the two of them took to arrive at this incredible album.
Songwriter Nolan Anderson has been a journeyman multi-instrumentalist in the Seattle music scene for years. He’s played everything from punk to blues to country rock in such bands as Connections, Bad Bones and the Big Haired Girl, and Vagabonds. Nolan plays guitar, bass, accordion, piano, and drums.
Catherine Anderson was a classical concert artist for most of her career. She began piano lessons at the age of 5, won a young artist’s competition at age 11, and performed Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” at age 17. She was on the faculty of the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music from 1997-2006 and toured as both a pianist and vocalist with the UI's Palouse Opera Project. Catherine currently keeps very active as an independent collaborative pianist for students and faculty at the University of Idaho.
Nolan and Catherine grew up in the same small town in eastern Washington state and started crossing paths from Grade 6 on through high school. They met again for the first time three years ago—on Facebook.
“I told him he should have asked me out in high school,” jokes Catherine.