Ana Nalick

'Day' Ditty

More than a year in the making, the bravely emotional "Wreck of the Day" by Columbia newcomer Anna Nalick hits stores this week. The 21-year-old has steadily toured since the album's completion, holding her own alongside such artists as Gavin DeGraw and labelmate Ari Hest with a resonant voice and lyrics wise beyond her years.

"For me, music has diminished the intimidation factor in meeting anybody," Nalick says. "I've learned that anybody really is approachable because we've all experienced falling in love and love gone bad."

Nalick had written eight of the 11 tracks on the album before signing to Columbia. She partnered with production duo Christopher Thorn and Brad Smith (founding members of Blind Melon) and Tori Amos producer Eric Rosse to take the tracks from conception to reality.

The singer has already built a film and TV presence, as first single "Breathe (2 A.M.)" was featured in a recent episode of CBS' "Joan of Arcadia." The track can also be heard in the Touchstone Pictures film "A Lot Like Love," which opens Thursday (April 22). Radio is taking notice of Nalick's building story: "Breathe" climbed 11-10 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart last week.