Annie Benjamin’s music is a lot like the weather in Texas…. unpredictable and constantly changing. She has sung everything from country to smooth jazz, rock and roll to old timey gospel. As a performer, she feels at home on the theatrical stage, in the concert hall, as well as in piano bars and gin joints of ill repute.
As a human commited to social justice, she performs in schools, at protest rallies and demonstrations, and in front of civic and business leaders. Annie believes passionately that the arts have the power to heal hearts and minds while inspiring to bring about social change.
Annie started off playing flute and was one of those nerdy kids who loved to practice her etudes, and to make up new parts for music. At 14, she was recognized by the North Texas Flute Club as an outstanding young player but, by age 16 she discovered punk rock and that she could REALLY sing. Soon after, she was kicked out of the school band. She has been a back up babe, a singing mermaid, a classical flute player, a roadie, a guitar player, a wannabe channeler of Judy Garland, and a devotee of the Texas Music.
Her music has been featured on NPR’s Car Talk and in several documentaries. She has performed in numerous plays in the North Texas area. In 2013, she and several of her colleagues were awarded the Dallas Column Award for best new locally written play for ” The Echo Room Presents: Her Song”. In 2017, Annie won the B.W. Stevenson Songwriting Contest in Dallas. In 2020, her words were included in the anthology ” Enough! Say their Names…. Messages from Ground Zero”, which is collection of poetry and photography depicting the the movement of social justice and activism following the murder of George Floyd.
She is excited to announce that she will be releasing her next recording project with new original material in the summer of 2022. The album is being produced by Brady Blade and engineered by Chris Bell. It was recorded in the fall of 2021 during the height of the COVID pandemic in central Texas at Blue Rock Studio in Wimbereley and at the legendary Arlyn Studios in Austin. Musical artists featured include Mr. Blade on drums and percussion, Glenn Fukunanga on bass, Dave Scher on guitars and vocals, the Whitmore Sisters ( Bonnie and Eleanor) on vocals, Michael Dawson on Keys and Joel Guzman on accordian.
In April of 2022, she and her partner Mike moved to the Albuquerque area.