Today we’d like to introduce you to Annabel Lee.
Annabel, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m from a tiny farm town in southeastern Massachusetts called North Dighton- (so small that we have a festival dedicated to betting what plot of land a cow will defecate on for prizes)- My mother put me in classical piano training at age four. I got bullied for most of grade school until I picked up guitar and I started singing after my middle school boyfriend, who was an Elvis impersonator, broke my heart… forever grateful! I went to college in Boston at MASSART, and studied performance art and multi-media. During my time there I ended up doing some touring with Amanda Palmer and Lady Lamb, and also through insane, miraculous connections I cultivated in my travels, I eventually recorded an album out in the woods of Wisconsin at Bon Iver’s studio. Best times ever. I also formed a friendship and musical camaraderie with my collaborator Michael Joseph Mcquilken, aka (the few moments) during the touring. After college, I began working with producers and doing sync work out in LA and decided I needed to uproot and head to the west coast. Since driving cross country and trying to find a “home” here, I’ve been doing that LA hustle. Just been playing lots of shows, writing tons of songs, finding my community, and making this album!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I make pop music with a grungy disposition. I love aggressive rhythms and repetition, wordplay, and half step jumps are my jam. I love to write poems and make relatively stark images. I love red! Both sonically and visually. It’s my color. I love to be pretty forthcoming and generous with my life in my work/ in general-open book policy. It’s just easier to give myself to an audience if they know the truth about me. But, that being said, my work harbors a lot of secrets and things that I’ve been trying to unpack over the years. It’s all part of the fun/mysterious catharsis!
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I think conditions for ALL people are hard right now. Everyone I know is going through it lately. Artists have had it hard for a long time, but I have to say, we are really excellent at forming communities, and holding each other. Other kinds of humans don’t really have that luxury or that fearless compassion for their own. I also think in life for certain kinds of artists has been greatly improved by the internet, and then for others, it has destroyed a lot of things. I’m not sure if it’s hurt or helped me to be frank. I feel like my live show is still the only thing that really gets people interested in my work, not my posts on social media or whatever. But it’s a new world, and we live in it so we must adapt together. I’m trudging through- but I’m optimistic that I will figure out this godforsaken numbers game… I think Los Angeles is a great music city, but damn, pay to play is so rough. But playing here is so fruitful, and there’s always somebody in the audience to connect with on a networking level, which is extremely valuable, and a huge reason why I am still here. I miss my east coast so much, but you really cannot access the industry like you can hear anywhere else I’ve ever been.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Come to my live shows! 🙂 That’s the best place to really understand my work. I am on the socials, mostly Instagram @yourannabellee. I sometimes go live while I’m cooking dinner, its fun. Usually, I listen to Joe Cocker and just poorly trying to julienne spicy vegetables and then scream about how much my eyes are watering. It’s great! Follow me!
You can also find my new single ‘GO GIRL’ on Spotify, iTunes, and Apple music.
Here’s a link!
- Website: annabelleemusic.com
- Email: Annabelleemgmt@gmail.com
- Instagram: @yourannabellee
- Facebook: @yourannabellee
- Twitter: @yourannabel_lee
Jenny Thomas for the more pro studio images