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Urban/R&B: Retro-Soul Moods: Type: Vocal Moods: Type: Lyrical Urban/R&B: Soul Folk: Folk Pop

By Location
CANADA - Alberta Canada CANADA - B.C. CANADA - other

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Ann Vriend

Ann Vriend (AV)

“Holy wow! What a voice, what a performance.... She had a commanding stage presence and a control of dynamics that actually made my jaw drop making me grin like an idiot.... if you have not heard of her, get on that, because she was absolutely phenomenal!” The AU Review (Australia)

Edmonton-based Ann Vriend (pronounced “Vreend”) was born in Vancouver, BC. When her parents discovered their 3-year-old could play nursery songs on a Fisher Price xylophone, they encouraged her musical development by enrolling her in violin lessons. At age nine, when Vriend sought to accompany herself as a songwriter, she took piano lessons from an elderly woman down the street who charged $5 per visit. In high school, in order to be able to do submit her home-made recordings for a school project, Vriend was coerced into performing 3 of her compositions at the school talent show. Accolades from her fellow students translated into projects with older students in bands, scholarships at music college, 1st place in a songwriting contest which paid for her debut album, and praise from critics and loyal fans around the world. To date she has sold more than 17,000 albums off the stage.

Having grown up and still living in run-down inner city neighborhoods AV brings a grit and hard-knock truth to her bluesy style and non-sugarcoated lyrics, while at the same time transcending them with her soaring, exquisite vocals and joyous retro soul and funk-- heralded time and time again among musician's musicians and avid music lovers. With a quiet and unassuming personality of the girl-next-door, and an almost debilitating passion for the tough social issues that surround her and her neighborhood AV is not particularly a mainstream name, but her music finds its way to people looking for a passionate soul singer with a voice-- literally and figuratively-- that is truly unlike anyone else's in the scene.