Annie Wells Quartet
With her latest independently released recording, Lonely Hearts Club, Annie Wells continues to create irresistible music in a category all her own, this time defying not only being labeled by genre but even by era; her songs command a unique time space as she mixes contemporary influences with delightful touches of something yesteryear.
"A window frames the glowing spark," for the narrator of Miss Lonely Hearts as she chronicles romantic rituals unfolding for others "in a rear window view." It's a poignant nod to the Hitchcock classic because, much like James Stewart in Rear Window, the listener is drawn to peer through the window of each song and into the lives of characters experiencing love, grief and loneliness. Even as Wells takes on such difficult themes, many of these fresh tracks arrive with a surprising and infectious playfulness.
Annie Wells 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 story teller, she's constantly casting below the surface in search of deeper meanings." Annie's influences include Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell and Billie Holiday. Since she was 17 years old, Annie has delighted audiences with her sweet and soulful vocals and jazzy piano performances in venues large and small.