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Angaleena Presley

Angaleena Loletta McCoy Presley[2] (born September 1, 1976) is an American country music singer-songwriter. She is a member of the female country trio Pistol Annies, which was formed in 2011 with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe, and has released two solo albums, American Middle Class (2014) and Wrangled (2017).[3]

Angaleena Presley
Angaleena Presley.jpg
Presley in 2011
Background information
Birth nameAngaleena Loletta McCoy Presley
Born (1976-09-01) September 1, 1976 (age 43)[1]
Beauty, Kentucky, United States
OriginMartin County, Kentucky, United States
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2011–present
LabelsColumbia Nashville, RCA Records Nashville, Slate Creek Records
Associated actsPistol Annies, Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, The Chieftains


In 2000, Presley moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she landed a publishing deal nine months later. Through her publisher she met Ashley Monroe, who later brought Presley's music to the attention of her friend Miranda Lambert. The three artists began working together writing songs, which would later become Pistol Annies' debut album Hell on Heels, released on August 23, 2011. The group spent much of the next two years touring North America and writing songs for their follow-up album. On May 7, 2013, Pistol Annies released their second album Annie Up. On June 17, 2013, the RIAA announced that the album and single for Hell on Heels had both sold in excess of 500,000 copies, giving Pistol Annies their first Gold Record. In 2014 Presley released her solo album American Middle Class, co-produced with her husband Jordan Powell.[4] In 2017, Presley released her second solo album, Wrangled.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Angaleena Presley was born in Martin County, Kentucky, and raised in Beauty, Kentucky. Her father Jimmy Presley Sr., is a retired coal miner and her mother, Cathy Presley (née McCoy), is a retired school teacher. At age 15, her father taught her how to play her first song on his guitar, "Mama Tried" by Merle Haggard. She attended Sheldon Clark High School in Inez, Kentucky, and graduated in 1994 before attending college at Eastern Kentucky University. Presley started work as a songwriter in Nashville in 2002, and later wrote the song "Knocked Up" from her own personal experience of being pregnant and unmarried. She has a son, Jed, born in 2007. When the Pistol Annies were first forming in the early 2010s, Presley was going through a divorce. She insists her upbringing was not "the stark, poverty-stricken one as committed to record on the 'Coal Miner's Daughter' by Loretta Lynn. That doesn't mean the Presleys didn't struggle, however, or that the singer led a charmed life once she left Beauty."[6][7] On May 22, 2012, she married manager/producer Jordan Powell in a small ceremony in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.[8] On August 15, 2018, Presley confirmed she was pregnant with her second child (her first with husband Jordan Powell) and gave birth to their daughter Joeleena in January 2019.[9][10]


Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart
US Country
US Heat
American Middle Class
  • Release date: October 14, 2014
  • Label: Slate Creek Records
29 14
  • Release date: April 21, 2017
  • Label: Thirty Tigers Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videosEdit

Year Video Director
2014 "Pain Pills"[14] Traci Goudie

Songwriting discographyEdit

Year Artist Album Song Co-written with
2017 Angaleena Presley Wrangled
"Dreams Don't Come True" Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe
"High School" Ivy Walker, Sophie Walker
"Only Blood" Chris Stapleton
"Country" Michael Wayne Atha
"Bless My Heart"
"Mama I Tried" Oran Thornton
"Cheer Up Little Darling" Guy Clark
"Groundswell" Ian Fitchuk
"Good Girl Down" Wanda Jackson, Vanessa Olivarez
"Motel Bible" Oran Thornton, Trevor Thornton
2014 Angaleena Presley American Middle Class
"Ain't No Man"
"All I Ever Wanted"
"Grocery Store" Lori McKenna
"American Middle Class"
"Dry County Blues" Mark D. Sanders
"Pain Pills"
"Life of the Party" Matraca Berg
"Knocked Up" Sanders
"Better Off Red"
"Drunk" Sarah Siskind
"Blessing and a Curse" Bob DiPiero
"Surrender" Luke Laird, Barry Dean
2013 Pistol Annies Annie Up "I Feel A Sin Comin' On" Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe
"Hush Hush" Lambert, Monroe
"Being Pretty Ain't Pretty" Lambert, Monroe
"Unhappily Married" Lambert, Monroe
"Loved by a Workin' Man"
"Blues, You're a Buzzkill" Lambert, Monroe
"Don't Talk About Him, Tina" Lambert
"Trading One Heartbreak for Another" Monroe
"Damn Thing" Lambert, Monroe
"Girls Like Us" Lambert, Monroe
"I Hope You're the End of My Story" Lambert, Monroe
2011 Pistol Annies Hell on Heels "Hell On Heels" Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley
"Lemon Drop" Kirsty Lee Akers
"Housewife's Prayer" Lambert, Monroe
"Bad Example" Lambert, Monroe
"Takin' Pills" Lambert, Monroe
"The Hunter's Wife" Angaleena Presley
"Family Feud" Lambert, Monroe, Presley, Blake Shelton
Miranda Lambert Four the Record "Fastest Girl In Town" Miranda Lambert
Ashton Shepherd Where Country Grows "Look It Up" Robert Ellis Orrall
2008 Heidi Newfield What Am I Waiting For "Knocked Up" Mark D. Sanders

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
2011 American Country Awards New Artist of the Year Pistol Annies Nominated
2012 CMT Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year Hell On Heels Nominated
2012 CMT Awards Group Video of the Year Hell On Heels Nominated
2013 CMT Awards Group Video of the Year Takin' Pills Nominated
2016 UK Americana Awards International Song of the Year American Middle Class Nominated
2018 UK Americana Awards International Artist of the Year Artist Nominated
2020 Grammy Awards Best Country Album Interstate Gospel (with Pistol Annies) Pending


  1. ^ "Free Family Tree, Genealogy and Family History - MyHeritage". Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Loved by a Workin' Man Lyrics". Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Angaleena Presley Profile". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Album Review: Pistol Annies' Angaleena Presley's 'American Middle Class' a Strong, Focused Debut". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  5. ^ "Angaleena Presley - Wrangled - Music". ASIN B06WP59M9T. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Betts, Stephen L. (2014-10-15). "Angaleena Presley Opens Up About Beer, Babies and Pistol Annie Brawls". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Angaleena Presley". Lone Star Music. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  8. ^ "Pistol Annies' Angaleena Presley Weds Miranda Lambert's Tour Manager". The Boot. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  9. ^ "Pistol Annies' Angaleena Presley 'Shocked and Overjoyed' to Be Expecting Second Child at 41". Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Angaleena Presley & Husband Welcome Baby Girl, Phoenix Joeleena Jean". Nash Country Daily. 2019-01-24. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  11. ^ "Angaleena Presley Chart History - Top Country albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  12. ^ "Angaleena Presley Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  13. ^ Bjorke, Matt (May 22, 2017). "The Top 10 Country Albums Chart: May 22, 2017". Roughstock.
  14. ^ "CMT : Videos : Angaleena Presley : Pain Pills". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 30, 2014.

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