Anni Piper

Anni remembers with clarity the first time she heard the blues back in her school days (“It was Paul Butterfield Blues Band playing ‘Born in Chicago’ - I knew straight away this was the direction I was heading.” she says).

Anni Piper began playing electric guitar at 12 years old,
but became a devoted musician when she was given her first bass at age 14. She quickly discovered an affinity with the instrument, preferring to lay down a groove rather than
scream out a solo.

Recent achievements include a nomination for ‘Best Female Vocal’ at the 2008 Australian Blues Music (Chain) Awards.

Anni was also nominated for the ‘Rudy Brandsma’ award at
the 2007 Australian National Song writing Contest.
 

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REVIEWS FOR ‘JAILBAIT’

 “Piper has the kind of voice that lulls men to their doom. It’s soft and sweet when it wants to be, scared and vulnerable a moment later, then ripping through you like a razor…..Piper commands songs utterly”

Jeremy Loome, The Edmondton Sun, Canada

“This girl’s got it…welcome a new blues sister to the fold”
Canadian’ Cath Ford, 4CRM Radio, President of the Sugar City Blues Club

Anni Piper has arrived, and you would do well to invite her in.”

“Sticks” Randall Ierna, Ranluron Music, BMI (USA)

 

“.... (Anni has) finally brought something new and refreshing to the “OZ” Blues Industry.”

Terry Iredale, HOTFM Victoria

 

Anni has a terrific voice for the blues; this is a great debut CD”

Gary deWall, The Blues Times

 

REVIEWS FOR ‘TEXAS HOLD ‘EM’

“She’s done it again. This lady was born to sing the blues! Another great CD.”

‘Canadian’ Cath Ford, 4CRM Radio, President of the Sugar City Blues Club

 Anni Piper gives the listener a royal flush in spades with this CD. All I can say is ‘deal me in’. The playing is superb... Texas Hold ‘Em is a thoroughly enjoyable listen”
“Sticks” Randall Ierna, Ranluron Music, BMI (USA)

“Piper has the kind of voice that lulls men to their doom. It’s soft and sweet when it wants to be, scared and vulnerable a moment later, then ripping through you like a razor…..Piper commands songs utterly” Early 2004 Anni made the decision to record ‘Jailbait’ (BMM287.2), her debut CD.

The album was an immediate success, winning the category of ‘Best New Talent’ at the 2005 Australian Blues Music Awards, plus a nomination for ‘Best Female Vocal’. Anni also achieved first place in the 2004 ABC Radio ‘Fresh Air’ competition.

These weren’t the only accolades for ‘Jailbait’ and Anni went on to become a top 5 finalist in the blues category of the 2004 MusicOz competition, and achieved 2nd place in the blues category of the 2005 Australian National Songwriting Contest.

Anni’s latest album ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’ (BMM324.2) was recorded in early 2007. It is a much ‘rawer’ recording, and represents Anni’s live sound more effectively than her first album. As well as being an accomplished bass player and singer, Anni has blossomed into a songwriter of distinction, her songs having a blues sensibility whilst still addressing the issues of today.

Anni has toured extensively, particularly in NSW, VIC, TAS and QLD. Festival appearances include the Woodford Folk Festival (QLD), Toyota Country Music Muster (Gympie, QLD), Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival (VIC), Queenscliff Music Festival (VIC), and the Australian Blues Music Festival (Goulburn, NSW). Anni has appeared on “The Susie Show” (WIN TV) to promote her new album.

Her recordings have received extensive airplay on Triple J’s “Roots ‘n All” program, ABC Radio National and community stations around Australia. Her songs are broadcast on radio programs in the USA, Canada, U.K., Europe and South America.

Anni’s sultry vocals have attracted significant overseas interest and she signed with USA label Blues Leaf Records in June 2008 who’s catalogue includes releases by many successful American performers including the award-winning Janiva Magness. Anni’s USA debut, titled ‘Two’s Company’, will be released shortly.
 

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