It all started in the summer of 1991. . My parents purchased tickets to attend a Judd’s Concert. I was very excited but had no idea the impact that this one show would have on my life. After seeing the mother-daughter combination put on an awesome show, I knew that this was what I wanted. I was going to play guitar and entertain anyone who would listen. After a year of begging my parents for a guitar, they finally bought me an old classical guitar and scheduled my first guitar lesson.
Four years later I started singing at local open mic nights in town, and singing every Friday and Saturday night during my high school days. I also joined my high school’s Swing Band. I took every chance I had to perform. I began writing my own material and eventually invited my sister-in-law, Tina Michelle to sing. Tina Michelle born and raised in rural Indiana sang and performed throughout her youth both in high school advanced choirs and in church. There is a long lineage of beautiful vocal talent in her family. Not only has Tina added her seamless harmonies to the music, but she has also complemented our performance’s with her gifted songwriting.
In 1999 I entered the CCMA (California Country Music Association) yearly competition. I had the honor of receiving the awards for Vocalist of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year for “Found Someone” and “Never Ending Song”. In Tennessee, at the NACMAI (North American Country Music Association International), I was nominated for the Vocalist of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year for “Found Someone”. To my surprise I received all four awards.
I now have established my band, a great group of accomplished musicians, songwriters and singer. I have played for such acclaimed artist as The Oakridge Boys, Billy Vera & The Beaters, The Nelson, Sally Taylor, Ty Herndon and Hal Ketchum.
Music is in my blood, it will never go away. I write about what I feel, see and know is real. I set out to take my audience on an emotional roller coaster. One that will leave them wanting more…I hope you enjoy my website.
OC/LA based recording artist performs a mix of Country, Blues and Rock. Stylistically speaking, she has successfully created her own original sound. Her songs are lyrically driven with strong melodic hooks. In 1992, starting with an old classical guitar, Anna Marie decided that she wanted to be an entertainer. Her enthusiasm and drive to succeed as a songwriter propelled her to join the Nashville Songwriters Association International, (NSAI), the Newport Songwriters Association, (NSA) and the California Country Music Association, (CCMA) which she joined as a performer/artist.
She has worked very hard at performing her craft to become the accomplished entertainer she is today. Over the past several years she has received many awards from the California Country Music Association. Anna Marie has the distinction of being awarded the titles of 1999 and 2000 CCMA Youth Vocalist, Entertainer, Instrumentalist and Songwriter of the Year with special honors for Song of the Year for “Found Someone” and “Starting Over.” She also received awards from the North American Country Music Association International as Instrumentalist, Vocalist and Songwriter of the Year along with Song of the Year for “Found Someone.” The awards were presented to her at the Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Anna Marie has performed on stage with the Oak Ridge Boys. She has shared the stage with Ty Herndon, Billy Vera and the Beaters, The Nelsons, Aaron Lines and Craig Morgan. Over the last few years she has performed several shows opening for Hal Kethcum. She has been a regular, performing with her band at many outside events, which include the Festival of Whales, the Toshiba Tall Ships Festival, the Sawdust Festival, Tustin Tiller Days, Second Sunday Music Series (Dana Point Harbor) and the Orange County Fair. She has been a regular at Paul Kulaks Woodshed in Hollywood for over three years.
Anna Marie is very excited about the “Writers In The Round” show at Martini Blues in Huntington Beach CA. She has been hosting and performing at the show for over a year.
Anna Marie’s songs touch and tug at the hearts of all. She has mastered the most important ingredient of good music ”feelings”.