Bio

Lianna Ankney

Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller, & Yoga Instructor near Pittsburgh, PA

I am a myriad of things in this life. I'm a white woman living in the United States. I am of Italian, German, French, and Eastern European descent. I am a daughter, sister, wife, aunt, friend, and neighbor. I am a singer, songwriter, and yoga instructor. My role in my relationships and as a storyteller within the titles I choose, culminate at this moment in time as I begin writing my very first book! With each connection, more titles arise and others fall. Of course, I am and always will be much more and much simpler than all of this. 

I acknowledge that I am on the indigenous land of the Lenape, the Susquehannock, the Shawnee, and the Haudenosaunee. 

As a child, I enjoyed dancing around the basement of my childhood home while listening to my parents' records from the 60s with my whole family. This had a sincere influence on my taste in music. I played the flute throughout elementary school, middle school, and most of high school. I used to be a graphic designer. At the age of 25, I decided to take guitar lessons and found out that I also enjoyed singing. I started writing and playing music almost immediately. I wrote and recorded the 'Diamond Shapes LP' between 2012 and 2014, while still learning how to play guitar properly. My friends Matt and Teena joined Diamond Shapes shortly after the album released. The band continues to fluctuate. Brooke joined the group as a second vocalist in early 2020. We are not playing anywhere currently, but shows will always be shared on this page when they come up, whether virtually or in-person. Stay tuned!

In addition, I am a 200 hour certified yoga instructor. Yoga transitioned into my life around the same time that music did. I am currently working towards a 500 hour certification through Soul Tree Yoga in Lafayette, CO. My teachers through this process are Sherry Sidoti (FLY Yoga School on Martha's Vineyard) and Dawn Thie (based in CO). This training has been the support and guide for writing my book.

I am also a wife. I married my best friend in a movie theater. We met each other when we both worked together at a different movie theater. We were only kids when we met. We've been with each other, through so much (but also not that much) for almost 17 years; we have been married for 7 of those years.

And I leave you with this: I am a singer, songwriter, and yoga teacher out of a broad need for inclusion, sincere roots in storytelling, and to honor my deepest desires for community. Singing, songwriting, and yoga transitioned into my life out of first being alone and then connecting with others. I sensed and continue to see a longing from those all around me for this more substantial collective of seeking through music and yoga. As I continue to uncover my voice, I am coming closer to the source of what is in my heart. The fog of my thoughts is continually lifting to show the healing road I am traveling with clearer and clearer intention. My voice and storytelling continue to unfold and transform as I observe and interact with my surroundings. This need to create infuses bravery into the questions I asks myself and the questions I ask to others through my lyrics and yoga teachings. What do we desire? What is accessible? What can we do right now? All else flows from that which is this.