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Annagail



Performing since ‘94, Annagail has a passion to take their music abroad. Criss-crossing the U.S, Europe and South Africa is evidence of that.

They’ve always defied and stretched genres, but their last EP, produced by Nashville hit-maker Keith Follese’ (Emerson Drive, Lady Antebellum, Faith Hill, Katy Perry) is a glimpse into the influences of their songs. It perfectly captures the dynamics they’re known for. Electronic flourishes meet undeniable organic hooks. 7 albums deep and featured on compilations and even a feature film (Decision’ starring CCM star Natalie Grant and country singer, Billy Dean) they’ve become an established act opening for Plumb, Pillar, Bleach, Superhero, Jason Ingram, Satellite Soul, The Appleseed Cast, Christopher Williams and many others. Fronted by husband and wife Jared and Jennifer Adams, Annagail is equal parts singer/songwriter and rock band that can comfortably hold their own with heavy hitters or in an intimate setting. Somehow, they make sense in all extremes. A blend of courage and frailty are embraced and they’re proud of both. As Jared has said of their fluid style, “Its not uncommon for me to listen to The Cure and Steve Earl back to back…before breakfast.”

Playing colleges, bars, coffeehouses, festivals and theaters, they’ve honed their craft. Waterdeep’s Don Chaffer produced ‘Linger In Bloom’ and also the previous ‘Slightly Certain,’ which featured Lori Chaffer on ‘The Enemy and the Avenger.’

“To any radio, play it, promoter, book them, and record label, sign them. This is the real deal,” raved Levi Perkins of ‘Crossroads Radio.’

Annagail are no strangers to the business of ‘show.’ Performing with Jennifer Knapp, Big Tent Revival, FFH, Audio Adrenaline and many others. It’s in the blood apparently as their oldest daughter lent her voice over talents to a fantastic video series for friends Audio Adrenaline’s Hand and Feet Project in Haiti. With a true and honest passion for people and music their goal reaches far beyond just playing the next gig.

An intense season of life a few years ago, led them, career artists mind you, to lay music down and pack the gear away. It’s hard to fathom with over a decade career behind them. Prolific writers and performers, they painfully eased into potentially never playing another note. Sometimes you have more questions than answers and it takes a lot of space to work through them and see what your made of on the other side. Music came back indeed. The signs were too miraculous not to follow. It’s a story worth asking them to tell… Much of it revealed in the quintessential song ‘If All I Had.’

It’s lyrics framing the journey of brokenness and renewal. One only understood after coming face to face with surrendering the very passion of your heart. “I would never recommend it,” Adams says. “It leads to a fairly immediate identity crisis.” Ironic that a song birthed from that grieving and longing got Nashville calling. “Apparently there was something endearing about reaching that artistic breaking point and choosing silence over making more noise and pretending we were fine,” Jennifer states. “Yes, it’s been a wild season but we’re surviving somehow,” agrees Jared. “…a mix of holy ghost and whiskey.”

Brad Allen, owner of ALL Entertainment and COO of Midas Music along with Follese’ was quick to connect with Annagail. Over the last 20 years, Allen has been involved with many artists including Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Rush Of Fools, Plumb, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride and a slew of others. For him, the typical “industry” avenues were unnecessary as soon as he heard Annagail. “I heard their music and initially felt they had a hit on their hands with their song ‘If All I Had.’ This led to a meeting in which I felt a strong personal connection with their story and hearts. So it was a very natural progression to invite them to be a part of the newly formed ALL Entertainment to help them deliver their music to the masses,’’ said Allen. “I have devoted my career to helping artists and songwriters turn their ideas into hits.” Working with Keith was an especially meaningful time for the band, Jared says. “I’ll never forget when Keith, a renowned songwriter that we’ve admired for years and on half of every human’s record collection, said we were great writers and had some hits on our hands. A profound, surreal and humbling moment.”

Annagail desires to create an evening full of engaging moments through the simple interaction of voices and ears. Music, can’t be touched, but can touch. Whether acoustic or full band, any venue any time – this group is worth the trip. Big stage or dirt floor, you’re guaranteed an experience that’s authentic. “Our rehearsals are as fun as our shows.” Jared states. We start around a table, often sharing a meal and we connect as longtime friends who happen to make music together. The gig doesn’t validate us. Sharing what we’re compelled to do and what makes us feel alive is the motivation. That fact that folks come along and step into that with us is a glorious perk.”

“We love playing live, but there is so much more below the surface,” says bassist, Dan Foreman. “It builds a foundation for a whole crowd of people to be, at least for a few moments, unified and connected…and that’s a good start.” Drummer, TJ Willink, shares the sentiment. “We put our heart and soul into every song.”

-Derek Emerson Hope College Arts Coordinator // Holland MI

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