Today we’d like to introduce you to King Anne.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m a singer-songwriter originally from Florida. I moved to Atlanta after graduation and began what turned out to be the toughest years of my life. Ever since I could remember being alive, I’ve been making songs, writing stories, etc… I grew up in a very musical house. My dad played classical and French jazz. My mom played gospel and salsa. My older brothers played rap and oldies.
It’s always been my outlet and I turned to it more in Atlanta. I went to an open mic in Midtown and was surprised by the reaction. Seeing people be moved and compliment something personal to me was very new.
Last November, I decided to put the hundreds of singing voice notes on my phone to good use. I’m a first generation Haitian-American and speak English, French, and Spanish. My assumption was that because I didn’t sound “black” or have light enough skin for the way I sound that I would never be taken seriously, but I wanted to do it anyway. As an artist and a person, I’m working to accept and express all aspects of myself and heritage. Whether it be music, writing, or design – my main motivation has always been to make people feel less alone. I actually have a degree in industrial design/furniture design for the ability furniture has to ‘live’ with people and occupy their space. Artistically, I’d like to keep my motivations the same and represent dark women of color in a different, softer way than we’re conventionally shown.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t necessarily been a smooth road, but the difficulties thus far have come from the sheer energy required for music exposure contrasted against my otherwise introverted persona.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I’m an artist. The genre’s been described as alternative pop.
What were you like growing up?
Outside the house, I was really shy and quiet. Inside the house, I was really kind of wild and was always playing around with my brothers. I would make home videos and force them to be actors. I spent a lot of time reading, playing piano, and making crafts for fun. I always liked making people laugh as well.
- Website: www.kinganne.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/thekinganne
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/thekinganne
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/thekinganne
- Yelp: www.bit.ly.com/KINGANNE
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/album/5rUB0g4ZdOsqJV5SBpCBXQ?si=ZVMcik18T2eCuDwDBBImTw
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