Southern Anthem BIO

Wendy, Derek, Mikaela and Logan Pausewang, collectively known as Southern Anthem, bring a fresh sound to long-time country, bluegrass and gospel favorites.  What started as a need to have interim talent at a local theater production has taken them on a journey larger than life!  From church auditoriums, fairs and festivals, to Branson, national television appearances, and requests from Nashville and beyond, the demand for their unique family harmony now has them traveling across the US.

Although the group began singing in church years ago, they never dreamed it would lead to the calling that God placed in their hearts.  Southern Anthem entertains audiences spanning from the youngest to the oldest of fans enthralled by the talent of the Pausewang family.  The band of four has a tight and beautiful harmony that only can be achieved when you combine vocals within a family.  Live instrumentation with guitars, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and saxophone add to the quality and interest of their music. 

Southern Anthem was inducted into the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame in July 2015, voted "Inspirational Group of the Year" in Dec 2015, then awarded the "Texas Star Award" in Nov 2016.  They create a crowd-pleasing experience full of fun audience interaction and humor that people can relate to and enjoy.  Their love of “good, clean music", along with the wonderful responses they receive from their fans, are and always will be the fire that drives them.
Mikaela is singer/songwriter and bass player for Southern Anthem.  Performing live for more than six years, she feels right at home on stage!  "I absolutely love music and love to share it... There's nothing better than seeing the enjoyment on the faces in the crowds that we play for.  My goal is to bring joy to people's lives, share the love and light of Jesus, and inspire everyone that I meet to sing the song that's in their heart."

Mikaela is singer/songwriter and bass player for Southern Anthem. Performing live for more than six years, she feels right at home on stage! "I absolutely love music and love to share it... There's nothing better than seeing the enjoyment on the faces in the crowds that we play for. My goal is to bring joy to people's lives, share the love and light of Jesus, and inspire everyone that I meet to sing the song that's in their heart."

Derek, who plays lead guitar, mandolin and banjo, enhances and creates a unique sound for the band.  While his voice gives the group their signature three-part harmony, it's now matured and he's taking on lead parts.  His jokes offer some added comic relief to complete the show experience.  Derek is actively training to obtain a private pilot license while pursuing a college education.

Derek, who plays lead guitar, mandolin and banjo, enhances and creates a unique sound for the band. While his voice gives the group their signature three-part harmony, it's now matured and he's taking on lead parts. His jokes offer some added comic relief to complete the show experience. Derek is actively training to obtain a private pilot license while pursuing a college education.

Logan, the youngest musician in the band, is full of energy and can't hide it.   He's excited about life and brings something special to the group with his signature fiddle playing and vocal solos.  "Are y'all ready to have some fun?"

Logan, the youngest musician in the band, is full of energy and can't hide it. He's excited about life and brings something special to the group with his signature fiddle playing and vocal solos. "Are y'all ready to have some fun?"

Wendy, heart of the group, plays rhythm guitar and saxophone and sings harmony and melody. She penned most of the originals on their debut album.  Her goal is to engage the audience and have them experience something wonderful.  "I'm excited that we are able to share what He has given us.  I feel that we're called to represent God and Country with our music.  Our fans are amazing and give us the energy and confidence to keep going.  I can't wait to see what's next!"

Wendy, heart of the group, plays rhythm guitar and saxophone and sings harmony and melody. She penned most of the originals on their debut album. Her goal is to engage the audience and have them experience something wonderful. "I'm excited that we are able to share what He has given us. I feel that we're called to represent God and Country with our music. Our fans are amazing and give us the energy and confidence to keep going. I can't wait to see what's next!"