Los Angeles Native Anni, previously known as Annika Grace, is a poet, singer/songwriter and creator of a house concert series in Venice Beach called ‘Saturdays at Seven’. This new era of music explores the more vulnerable, authentic, raw and sometimes ugly sides of music because music doesn’t always have to be pretty. Anni took time to explore through her poetry and music to bring this new side to her sound. Her newest single ‘Run into You’ is out May 6th.
Her music has been heard in MTV's Real World Atlanta, American Ninja Warrior and the HBO max show '12 Dates of Christmas'. Anni's poetry has won six silver keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She has been awarded First Place Gold Medalist for the World Poetry Movement’s Best Poets and Poems and Gold Medalist in the International Who’s Who in poetry contest. Her first poetry book 'Remedies' comes out this year exploring the thoughts of grief, love, and acceptance and how in a way, words and music can heal.
Please share a story that includes a happy memory as an artist and has hugely impacted your artistry.
A happy memory of mine would be performing my songs in the living room for friends and family when I was younger. I think it really impacted my artistry as it was during the time I was discovering the kind of music I wanted to make and was probably one of the most authentic versions of myself – just me in my living room with the piano my dad got me for my birthday and my mom and her friends gathered around listening. How do you choose to lead a Happy Healthy life as an artist?
I think it's all about balance. I try to not stay up too late as an artist – even though I am a night owl, and I try to prioritize my time as well as other hobbies besides music. I think having another creative outlet to help you navigate and express yourself outside the music industry is really important. I was also raised vegetarian and have been super into health food my whole life, so that definitely helps. Who did you learn from to instill those values?
Both my parents were super important in instilling healthy habits in me. My mom was a homeopath and very into health food. My dad started his own business so he knows a lot about how to keep a healthy work/life balance. Was it hard work to make sure that you focused on your well-being and not only your art?
Not so much – I think I’ve always cared about my mental health. It can be easy to get off track a little at times for sure – I am guilty of being a little type A and a workaholic but as I have gotten older I’ve realized what’s important and what maybe I can take a break from and breath. I’ve gotten better at making sure I have down time to also then fuel my creativity as well. Was there a turning point in how you decided to put yourself first?
Not really, I think I have always put myself first. I think maybe after my mom died, I was more intentional with putting myself first, but it has always been a priority of mine. How do you like to promote a healthy lifestyle?
I love going to pilates with friends and getting outside as much as possible. I also love cooking for people and promoting a healthy lifestyle that way. In what ways are you connecting with fans to check in on each other?
I think always being aware of each other and checking in is so important. You never know what someone else may be going through. To create an open conversation is really special and important – especially today. With music, it is such a great community of people who really do want to express themselves and in turn hope that maybe that expression can help someone else who may be going through the same thing. Who checks in on YOU when you need it most?
I’d say my dad has always been a huge rock for me. He always checks and makes sure I am doing okay. We have a constant stream of communication throughout the day and he is always there whenever I need him. Also I have some great friends who support me through everything.
Changing habits can be hard. Which was the habit that you had to change and how has it changed your life now?
A big habit I had to change was not always saying yes to everything. I think it's important to be open to opportunities but sometimes you can also say no if you need time for yourself. This has really helped change my work flow and how busy I am. I used to want to say yes to everything, but that would just wear me out at times. Is there a song, book, movie, show, or anything that always gives you the motivation you need?
I love reading poetry before working on music. They always inspire and motivate me. I’m currently really in love with ‘Time is a Mother’ by Ocean Vuong. What is the mantra of 2022?!
My mantra would probably be ‘Do what makes you feel free’ Give all the inside scoop on your latest project!
My latest project is called ‘Anni’. I recently changed my name from Annika Grace and started a new project with a more earthy, indie sound. I released two singles so far – ‘Sedona’ and my newest single ‘Run into You’ that came out last week! Excited for what comes next! We want to thank you for joining us here and are so excited about what we see from you next! Leave us with your socials!!
Thanks for having me!!
My Instagram and Tik Tok are @callheranni and my Spotify is ‘Anni’