When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I’ve been around music since I was a kid. I grew up in a Mormon culture, so hymns, and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, often filled our home on most Sundays. It was also at church that I first learned how to sing alto. My mom and I would harmonize the songs during Sacrament meeting. I was also exposed to my mother’s country, my father’s 80’s rock, and Broadway tunes. By the time I was old enough to branch out to other types of music, I found that I gravitated towards contemporary classical, and alternative acts that incorporated meaningful / clever lyrical content, synths, and real instrumentation. I liked the drama. (Lana Del Rey, Imagine Dragons, The Civil Wars, Hans Zimmer, Enya, just to name a few.)
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
When I started to realize that singing was a talent I had, I would look up artists I wanted to sound like. I sang the praises of power house vocalists like Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, and Aretha Franklin. I’d listen to their music and practice their songs to see if I could push my voice to reach their range.
I don’t make music similar to those artists, but they were key in my progression as a vocalist. They influenced my singing style.
How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been writing music since I was 15; so about 9 years.
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I tend to be more selective with my live shows, because I work with a lot of great musicians that have busy lives and families, and I don’t like overextending their schedules. The gigs I pick I try to make special and exciting for everyone in the band.
Upcoming Shows :
21 April – Pontardawe Arts Centre, Pontardawe, UK
22 April – The Citadel, St Helens, UK
23 April – Acoustic Folk Highway @ the Harrison, London, UK
27 April – BBC Club, London, UK
06 May – O2, London, UK
What has been your moment in music?
My moment in music? That’s a tough one. So far, my biggest audience reach was my performance on iTV Christmas Carols last year, which was pretty amazing. Still can’t believe I was on national television. But, my favorite personal moment was hearing my song, “Cimmerian” come together. I felt really alive that day.
Where is the best place to find you online?
Best place to find me is my website, at annamadsenmusic.com