Anna Beljin | When It Rains

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When It Rains

by Anna Beljin

A beautiful voice against strong drums, layers of guitars and other instruments in a surprising interpretation of old blues numbers, covers, and originals. Think "Emmylou Harris" and "Wrecking Ball."
Genre: Pop: Delicate
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Soul of A Man
3:45 $0.99
2. Not Dark Yet
6:15 $0.99
3. When It Rains
5:00 $0.99
4. The Messenger
5:20 $0.99
5. Get Behind the Mule
6:33 $0.99
6. Someday Somebody
4:01 $0.99
7. John the Revelator
4:59 $0.99
8. Me, Myself, and I
5:06 $0.99
9. Don't Feel Your Touch
4:28 $0.99
10. Shelter Me
3:27 $0.99
11. Take It Back
4:21 $0.99
12. The Reason
3:59 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Vocals: Anna Beljin
Background Vocals: Andrea Summer, Ric Hordinski, Winton Woods HS Choir, Zach Gause

Bass - David LaBruyere (the former longtime bass player for John Mayer)

Drums - Joshua Seurkamp (if you've heard of any artist or group in Cincinnati, Josh has played with them - he's recorded over 100 CDs!)

Keyboards, B3 - Craig Dockery (Craig has recorded with many Cincinnati bands; you can find his Rock and Roll Piano and Organ Lessons on YouTube)

Cello - Paul Patterson (a member of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras)

Guitars, arrangements, production - Ric Hordinski (a grammy nominated producer and the original member of the Over the Rhine)

Acoustic Guitar (When It Rains) - Milovan Beljin (Anna's dad)

Recorded and Mixed by Ric Hordinski at Monastery Studio (

Mastering by Dave Davis, QCA, Inc. (

Design by Cindy Johnston, QCA, Inc. (

Photography by Natasha Beljin (Anna's sister)



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Brad at CD Baby

While her dynamic singing voice is certainly the show-stealer over the course of these 12 lilting, pop-focused songs, it's what Beljin chooses to do with that striking voice that makes this disc such a standout. Her song selection is decidedly ambitious, and though the names of the artists she chooses to cover reads like a high-wire act waiting to happen, her confidence in taking on songs by the likes of Tom Waits, Daniel Lanois, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Cockburn shines through and truly makes the songs work. By incorporating her own unique arrangements and vocal approaches, she takes songs often known for their abrasiveness (especially Waits' "Get Behind the Mule"), and tames them, holding onto their grit but channeling the output through a more delicate filter. She also tackles a few traditional songs ("Soul of a Man," "John the Revelator") and adds four original compositions that easily hold their own when interspersed with the covers. In fact, one of the best parts of this album is hearing Beljin sing her own songs, especially the catchy, falsetto-filled title track. This disc contains almost a full hour of music, and you'll want to hear it all.

David Augst

Amazing Voice
When I first heard Anna Beljin sing I thought it’s Joni Mitchel ,it’s Jewell, it’s Nora Jones, it’s Etta James. Then I realized it is all of these and more rolled into one amazing voice. Listening to Anna is like a parade of music for the soul. Her new CD When It Rains as well as her former Broken Compass is a musical journey that all who appreciate an awesome singing voice must take. Anna has an original talent that only comes along once in a life time. I am a self taught guitarist that plays by strictly by ear, and I was told by a Julliard music professor that I have perfect pitch. That being the case, Anna has caught the attention of my musical ear, in a way that can only be explained as perfectly beautiful music!
David Augst

Robert Sharp

When it Rains! Beautiful Album!
Great Songs with a Great powerful voice to go with the music!

Joe Ebert

Another addition to Anna's growing resume, "When it Rains" is a fantastic display of one of the most dynamic vocal ranges I've ever been blessed to hear. When I hear Anna's voice I know everything will be okay; providing an instance in which I won't have to apologize for the contributions, or lack-thereof, my generation has made to music. The song selection of this album, a gentle blurring of steely blues and pop, accents Anna's adaptability to any genre, while positing a truly unique songwriting ability. There are people in this world that excel at their Calling, and this album clearly shows how Anna has delicately found her fold.