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Glenna Bell: Bio

Glenna Bell

On May 15, 2007, the Texas House of Representatives honored the music of native East Texan singer-songwriter Glenna Bell with a House Resolution that was read in a ceremony at the Capitol on the Floor of the House in Austin. (The Resolution is posted on the home page.)  House Speaker Tom Craddick was in attendance, and personally congratulated Miss Bell for her musical contributions to the Lone Star State. 

A native of Beaumont, Texas in the Golden Triangle (the birthplace of Janis Joplin, George Jones, Edgar and Johnny Winter, the Big Bopper, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Barbara Lynn, and iconic visual artist, Robert Rauschenberg), Glenna grew up in the east Texas lumber towns of Lumberton and Pineland, where she ran barefooted through the tangled paths of the Big Thicket and rode in horse shows, play days, and rodeos across the Southwest, accompanied by her dad who had been the president of his class at Texas A&M University.  She lived the real country life before following in her father's footsteps, heading to college at Texas A&M University in College Station after skipping her Junior year of high school.  After graduating with a Master's degree in English, she moved to Venice, California where she went on to become a theater critic and eventually a playwright, studying with three time Pulitzer Prize winner, Edward Albee, who directed her dissertation upon earning her Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston's highly-ranked Creative Writing Program.

Glenna's music has been aired locally, nationally, and internationally on NBC, CNBC, Fox TV, and numerous regional, national, and international non-comm radio programs, including NPR, the BBC and Pacifica, as well as through live performances on stages all over Texas, Nashville, and the East Coast.  Highlights include the Cactus Cafe, Threadgills, the Saxon Pub, and the Continental Club in Austin; McGoniglel's Mucky Duck, Discovery Green amphitheater, the Station Gallery, Houston Community College, and the Continental Club in Houston; the Old Quarter in Galveston; The Dallas Music Festival and Poor David's Pub in Dallas; the Living Room, Googies, Caffé Vivaldi, Hill Country Barbecue, and the Towne Crier in New York; the Rutledge, the Commodore, and the televised Billy Block Show in Nashville. 

In both the January 2012 and January 2013 distributions, the ASCAP Pop Music Division panel has honored Glenna with an ASCAPlus grant, recognizing her "contribution to American music" for 2011-2012 and for 2012-2013.  In November of 2010, Glenna's "Cougar Anthem," was a USA Today top ten pick of the week, alongside songs by Aaron Neville, Keith Richards, Paul McCartney, Norah Jones, Meat Loaf, Weezer, and Dave Brubeck. 

In October 2010, Glenna was featured in an ASCAP AudioPortrait, which can be heard online at ASCAP AudioPortrait.  In May 2008, Glenna was a top finalist in the 20th Annual BW Stevenson Memorial Singer-Songwriter Competition in Dallas, and her songs have also received praise from Nashville's Music Row and celebrated music critics such as Robert Christgau, as well as Paula Carino at American Songwriter magazine. 

In 2012 Glenna was nominated for the fifth time for the coveted Houston Press Music Award, a people's choice award.  The Houston Chronicle music editor, Joey Guerra, also named The Road Less Traveled local  "album of the year" in 2008, and Perfectly Legal came in at #4 on the Houston Chronicle's annual list of favorite releases in 2010. 

Glenna is an artist member of Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA), an award-winning state wide organization who has flattered her with a request to use her image in their recent publicity platform.