'Anny: The Lady Revealed'
Anny sings in order to connect. To herself, to her audience, and to the world around her. Anny's sound is unique and true to herself. Her lyrics and musical compositions reflect who she is now, and what it took to get here.
Anny grew up in a suburb of Chicago and left the Midwest to attend high school at Philips Andover Academy in Boston. From there she attended college at Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude.
After her graduation from Harvard, she followed her heart and moved to Los Angeles to pursue music. Anny started working with several music publishing houses, including Geffen and EMI, as a writer, and then made the decision to write for herself and record her own ablum in 1996. Troubles with her first recording label delayed the project, but in 1999 she began working with producer Craig Snider. Snider has worked on projects by artists such as: Madonna, Gloria Estefan and Mariah Carey. It was he who helped create the scintillating sounds on Anny's first CD, "Strange and Beautiful" followed by a second released cd entitled "Connection."
Determined to break with the past and it's chains of illusions, hurts and habits, and singing from a different more truthful, loving and centered place, Anny is debuting her third album, Naked. Naked includes a variety of remixes that follow a theme of stripping away boundaries and not being afraid or ashamed to reveal your true inner self. Naked has a new unique sound but remains true to the other two CDs in that it reflects Anny's journey and crossroads in life.
Chatting recently with Anny, and noting that it's been stated in her press that her music is an "intoxicating brew," I first wondered just us what ale this would be if it were to be sold in the local pub! "I don't really drink, and when I do, I can't drink ale, as I can't drink anything carbonated. So I consulted a friend who loves ale and knows me and my music. This is what she said: Anny's music is like a Lambic beer, a smooth classic with a tart edge and some sweetness. The beer and her music have a European feel with deep roots brought to life by the yeast in the air or the issues of the day."
And just where does one find such an inner musical level of work to create such an approachable blend of mood music given these troubled times of ours in the first place?! "I have always believed that music serves a higher purpose. I use music to connect to myself, my audience and the larger world around me. My aim is to provoke a new thought, a new feeling, an epiphany, a dialogue, whatever it is that the listener needs and can take away from my work. I also believe in balance. Yes, we are in a chaotic and challenging time right now, and I believe that we need balance more than ever. So I never write a song that explores pain, or darkness, wtithout including some element of hope or light. For ex. in WHERE WERE YOU, I talk about being abandoned and betrayed, and I acknowledge that the perpetrators were not intentionally waking up everyday to mess wtih me. That it was a consequence of their own pain. And in that realization, I can feel forgiveness towards them. We live in duality. There is always something positive we can take from any experience if we're willing to look for it."
For the Average Joe who may not have heard of you and was thinking of buying the new CD, how would you yourself describe your sound? "Initimate, spontaneous, unplugged, moody pop/rock with quirky verses that melt into catchy chourses, produced in a "live" manner in the studio."
Your album title 'Naked' is a very interesting choice, but perhaps it originates from a more personal standpoint for you? "All of my album titles have a personal meaning for me. After I did my last CD, CONNECTION, I had an epiphany. I realized that in order to fully connect to my audience, I needed to fully reveal myself. I needed to strip away much of the production that I'd had on my earlier CDs, and lay myself, my voice, bare, naked, for all of the world to see. I needed to make an extremely intimate album that put my voice and lyrics front and center, right in the listeners face, with nothing standing between us."
If there was one track on this new album that truly encapsulated Anny at her musical and lyrical finest, which one would it be? "Wow, that's a tough question for me. You're asking me to choose which one of my children (that's how I look at my songs, as my kids, cuz I feel like I give birth to them), I love the most, or is most like me. They all express facets of me. I never put a song on a CD unless I feel it is my best expression, at the time, of the issue, feeling or situation that I'm trying to communicate. All of my songs carry a message. Some days I relate more to some of my songs than others, it depends upon what's going on inside of me, and/or in the world at that moment. Honestly, I've never had one song that I consider better, or more me, than all of the others. They all have to meet my standards or they don't get recorded!"
As an artist, have you always gone by simply your first name ... and why choose to do so at this time? "Yes, I have always only gone by my first name. For some reason, I'm not comfortable with last names. Whenever I meet someone in person for the first time, I always introduce myself using only my first name. Perhaps I find last names too formal. They seem to keep people at arm's length."
Noting that you are all about female sexual empowerment, I was wondering to what level you were willing to take this fist-clenched passion?! "I assume you are referring to my song, Purple God, which is a love song to my purple vibrator. I adore men, and I like women to know that we can make ourselves happy without one as well. In that vein, I often open up my live show by having my band play their instruments with purple gods, while I hand out a few purple gods to audience members. I don't give a lot of thought to who gets one, it's just a spontaneous gesture on my part, but I do only give them to the women in the crowd. (By the way, never give a purple god without batteries already inside of it, it's rude and bad vibrator etiquette.) :-)"
If you could cover any '80s (possibly cheesy!) pop song, which one would it be ... and why?! "A few come to mind, but I'm going with 'Money For Nothin' by Dire Straits. Besides that I think it would be a fun song to sing, I love the lyrics. It describes a lot of what I don't like about the mainstream music industry/scene, in an honest, yet a bit tongue in cheek, fashion."
Lastly, I like Penguins ... do you?! "I adore penguins! (Did you see March of the Penguins? Great flick.) However, if I come back as an animal in my next life, I want to be a puffin. They are the only animals I know that can fly and swim equally well."
Thank you again for answering these questions for us today and we wish you all the best for the future "I enjoyed answering your questions! They were fun and made me think. Take care, Anny."
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
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