Annie Stokes is an acoustic singer-songwriter, specializing in indie folk-rock. Annie’s free spirited personality, talent and dedication to her music make her a thrill to work with. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out her music at http://www.soundcloud.com/anniestokes
How long have you been performing?
I've been performing since I was eight, and obsessed with performance and theater since I was five. I did theater most of my childhood and adolescence, but I took a break during college because when you've loved something exclusively for twelve years, sometimes you need to take a step back and look at other things. Spoiler alert: I was right at age five.
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as a mixture of lo-fi and alt-country. I'm influenced by so many genres -- pop, indie, country, bluegrass, folk -- that it's hard to nail it down. I'm a big fan of the vintage.
What are your top three favorite albums?
This is difficult. I love Rumours by Fleetwood Mac -- that's pretty timeless. Same with 1000 Kisses by Patty Griffin or essentially anything by Patty Griffin. I'll give up my third slot to what I'm currently obsessed with, which is Cedar + Gold by Tristan Prettyman. It's a good song for being heartbroken yet resilient and also looking good in maxi dresses.
If you could collaborate with any person who works in music (producer, writer, engineer, etc.) who would you choose?
I would absolutely want to work with T-Bone Burnett. I love the music he creates. In terms of producers and engineers, I'm already working with really talented people. I'm pretty lucky!
What do you do outside of music?
I write a lot. Songwriting was an extension of writing for me. I work for an online magazine (Atwood Magazine) and I've self-published a novel (Burning Sassafras), plus I frequently unload my thoughts on my blog or the Atwood blog. I can't process and experience without writing about it in some form.
What would you say your spirit animal is?
My spirit animal is probably a cat because I like to be in warm places and I need solitude, but occasionally cuddles. My friends say I'm a hedgehog because I tend to curl up in a ball and fall asleep in the middle of festivities.
Which of your own songs is your favorite? Why, and what does that song mean to you?
I've written so many songs -- like I said, I can't process things without turning them into something else. Some of them are not so great and were kind of part of the artistic process -- you know, you have to be mediocre before you can be good. But there are a decent amount that I'm very proud of and every single one of my songs, meh or yay, represents a pretty significant emotional experience for me. Right now I can say that my favorite song is one that I haven't recorded or performed yet. It's called "Slipping Away" and I hope to demo it soon. It's about ending a relationship and feeling what you had with the other person slip away. I didn't realize until it happened to me how excruciating it is -- how you remember everything, like how the air smelled like wet grass and other mundane details like that. And then it starts to fade. It's kind of depressing, to be honest. But I feel like my true self when I play it, and that's the best feeling.