Anna Toothman releases first single, “Thank You, West Virginia” as she leaves for college

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV

On the same day Anna Toothman moved into her freshman dorm at Pensacola Christian College in Florida, her new single “Thank you, West Virginia” released to the public. 

Anna wrote the song over the course of her senior year in high school. “I started realizing how far away I was moving,” she remembers, “and it made me realize what I was thankful for. West Virginia was at the top of the list.” 

Anna Toothman of Ronceverte, WV, wrote and recorded her first single right before heading off to college in Florida.

Off to college

Anna’s brother attended Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida. She visited him several times over the years, in addition to several other schools.

“I liked this one best,” she said of her new school talking to RealWV via phone on her first full week of school. 

Anna is studying political science and is excited to see how her future unfolds academically and professionally. How does she like Florida so far? 

“It’s a lot hotter than WV right now,” she says with a chuckle. “And it’s too flat! But it is a pretty state.” 

Music is a Toothman family tradition

When asked how long she’d been singing, Anna said she’d been singing her whole life. 

“We sing as a family in church a lot,” she shares. “On my dad’s side, everybody plays an instrument or sings. Family reunions are really, really musical!”

She originally wrote “Thank You, West Virginia” as a song to sing for her family. But it quickly took on a life of its own. 

“I’m a little nervous,” she confides about the attention her song is getting. “But it’s also very exciting!”

Anna plans to record additional songs when she’s home on breaks from college. She has already written several more songs. 

Will her future unfold in West Virginia? As she says in the song, “When I leave, you ain’t seen the last of me.”


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