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Originally from Houston Texas, Annie performed professionally from the age of 12 on, toured Europe, the US, and Canada with various groups singing and playing fiddle, and played & sang at venues from the Colosseo de Sport in Rome, the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Chicago Blues Festival, school assemblies, library shows, outdoor festivals, country, contra & Cajun dances and backyard barbecues, etc. She played fiddle and sang for a variety of groups including the Smokin’ Section, Tee Fee Swamp Boogie, the blues/American Roots duo Gill and Howard, Queen Ida, Danny Poulard, Annie Marie & Fiddlaround, and the Wasted Rangers.
Annie's childhood was difficult but her dad played stride style piano and they loved singing songs together while he would play boogie boogie on the piano. When she had the opportunity to learn to play the fiddle and then viola in school she found that playing music was the best relief from her life struggle. She left her home in Houston during her teenage years and ended up in the SF bay area. Annie had a difficult time, was homeless and exploited, then cleaned houses to get off the street. Eventually, she found her way back to music eventually earning both her degree and a teaching credential.
Annie was hired by Vallejo Unified as a teacher and started giving interactive concerts focusing on American Roots Music at school assemblies, in classrooms, in libraries and for private parties while performing & touring in the summers. She started played worship music in 2014 when she became a Christian and had become an instructor for Northgate U in 2014, developing and teaching her own program, “Pray and Sing: basic vocal techniques, intonation practice and harmony singing using worship music”. Annie started leading worship part time for Journey Church in 2017 and accepted the full time position of Worship Minister in November of 2019.
Annie has retired from teaching and concentrates on writing and playing worship music. However, she continues to promote American fiddle tunes, and Cajun and blues fiddle along with her work in worship. She has been influenced by the many musicians she has studied and performed with including Dewey Balfa, Queen Ida, Kevin Wimmer, Johnny Heartsman, Danny Poullard, Sonny Rhodes, Billy Wilson & C.P. Love. She credits much of her musical development to her collaboration of 12 years with her partner, the late blues guitarist Leonard Gill (B.B. King, Otis Rush, Otis Clay, Allen Fonenot, Al Rapone). However, she feels strongly that the skills she attained through her decades of musical work have come to fruition in the music she now dedicates to Jesus Christ.
Annie recently wrote her autobiography 'Thrown-away Found! available at wwwthrownawayfound.com or Amazon in February 2021.
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