The Lay Awakes
THE LAY AWAKES is a singer-songwriter duo based in Brooklyn, New York, with roots in the Canadian prairies and small town Ontario.
Anna Paddock and Patrick Anderson met at a wedding in rural Saskatchewan. Drawn to one another by a shared love of sports and music, they embarked on a caravan-style road trip together across western Canada, and things were never quite the same. They married in 2011, but chose love before play and waited a few years before forming The Lay Awakes. They released their self-titled debut EP in 2015 and have been making music together ever since.
Anna (piano, vocals) grew up in various states and provinces, but her family ties connect her to rural Manitoba. Her musical roots trace back to classical piano and the inspiration of dance and theater. She studied composition at New York University, where she began writing songs, most notably sharing the stage with Paul Simon in 2014.
Patrick (guitar, vocals) hails from Fergus, Ontario and points to the family songbook and campfire as his early musical influences. Patrick is perhaps better known for his alter-ego “the world’s best wheelchair basketball player”. He has won multiple Paralympic gold medals and continues to represent Canada internationally.
Anna and Patrick share their Greenpoint apartment with their two kids.