The Russell Fielder Trio

Annie Wells

Annie Wells lives in a house surrounded by trees at the foot of Pinnacle Hill in Rochester, New York. On the second floor of that house, she writes songs on a 1903 Chickering standard grand piano. Jeff Spevak of Gannett newspaper says that she has "one of the nicest singing voices around" and the late, great Chuck Cuminale said her voice "is amazing." But Annie Wells is more than just another pretty voice; she has a passion for creating songs that travel both to the troubled places of the heart and to the light of hope. Scott Gudell of Freetime Magazine once wrote: "As an experienced storyteller, she's constantly casting below the surface in search of deeper meanings."

Annie grew up listening to Laura Nyro, Keith Jarrett, Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Joan Armatrading, Frank Sinatra and Miles Davis to name a few. On her latest 13 track CD, "Tell Me," the influences are clear. Some have called Annie's music a hybrid; not exactly jazz, not exactly pop — think "Nora Jones with an edge," perhaps. In the fall of 2010, she made her New York City debut at Café Vivaldi in Greenwich Village. In 2005, she won the Children's Music Web Award for best song, Fireflies from her lullaby CD tilted, "Sleepy Town." Reviews of her well-received albums note the sophistication of her music and lyrics and the beauty of her voice. Annie performed her first songs at age 17 at an open mic in Bloomington, Indiana. Since then she has independently released four CDs. Annie performs her music as a soloist and with a band in all kinds of venues: coffee houses and clubs, large and small.