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Life & Work with Annie DeFatta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Annie DeFatta, aka Annie of the Canyon.

Somewhere in between flower child and cowgirl, rockstar and muse is where we find Annie of the Canyon… There’s something very “1972” about Annie of the Canyon. The way she dresses, the way she lives, and the way she writes music. Right now, she’s probably somewhere in Laurel Canyon playing her guitar and singing a sad song…but not the kind of sad song that makes you want to stop listening and put on something happier. She writes the kind of song that makes you remember some specific memory of some specific person on some specific night. Through listening to her stories, you really hear your own.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Living a life full of music is an incredible blessing. To be constantly surrounded by something you love so dang much is something I’m grateful for everyday. When things seem tricky or discouraging at times, I don’t get down for too long (if at all) because being a part of the creation of music, for me, is so fulfilling.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My biggest inspiration (in life and music) is the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1960s and 1970s. I hope that my music carries a bit of a nostalgic feel as if it was created up there during that time.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
My journey has been a little bit of a winding road, but always full of music. I fell in love with the creation of music when I was a teenager and wanted to be a part of it in any way I could. I started writing songs and managing bands in high school. Music management then sort of took over my life! I went to NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music while also working for a management company…but my heart was still in songwriting. After years of working behind the scenes of the music industry, it took a bit of a leap of faith to start seeing myself as an artist. It’s often that big risk that you take that brings the most “reward” and happiness. Putting my music out into the world seemed daunting, but in my heart of hearts, I knew it was what was always supposed to happen! And here we are now!

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