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The Filipino born singer immigrated to the United States with her family at a young age and found herself growing up in America‘s dairyland, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Classically trained in piano, voice, and violin, she picked up the acoustic guitar when she moved to Chicago.
After graduating from the Chicago Art Institute, Anna was working as graphic artist when she made the life-changing discovery of songwriting.
She explains, “My musical career began more as a love story than anything else. A guy I fell in love with serenaded me with a Steve Earle song called “Down the Road.“ I was incredibly moved by this gesture. I needed to learn how to do that. So, I borrowed my aunt‘s guitar, asked her to show me how to play a couple of chords, and within a few days, I had written my first song “August Moon.“
That discovery led her to form the popular alt-country band Trigger Gospel. The band released Five albums, including the Jay Bennnett produced Oh, the Stories We Hold (Undertow Music), toured internationally, and garnered song placements in films such as David Sutherland‘s documentary “The Farmer‘s Wife.“
Anna decided to try her hand at becoming a solo artist and released 2009‘s The Contender. Proving she made the right choice with notable songs like “Dragging On“ and “Lovely.“ The Contender will be rereleased digitally on March 27 to coincide with her new solo work, SOMEDAY AFTERNOON.
Anna has opened for many notable artists including the late great Johnny Cash, David Crosby, and Neko Case, among others. And, as fate would have it, Anna had the honor of opening for Steve Earle, where she serenaded the audience with her version of “Down the Road.“
Anna wanted to reach past her comfort zone with SOMEDAY AFTERNNOON. She let herself be challenged by new ideas, new sounds and new band members. The result is a passionately performed snapshot of an artist aiming for what she wants, hitting the mark and leaving us with a self-satisfied smile.
In addition to her music career, Anna is a devoted mother of two young boys ages 3 and 7.