Influenced by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley and Carol King, singer/songwriter Anna Pancaldi has received praise for her vocal delivery. New EP ‘Sweet Charity,’ is out March 20th with a London launch at The Victoria in Dalston followed by a UK tour. We found out more about her.
I hold the highest expectations from myself and career, but I realised without a little balance you can jeopardise all that you work so hard for.
2016 - what will you look back on most fondly from the year?
Having put my all into my career last year and then seeing that in the growth of my fan base smiling back at me at another bigger sold out London headline show!
Did you make any new year’s resolutions?
Last year I had half a page worth, but this time, I am leaving it wide open! All or nothing, haha.
What was the biggest lesson you learnt in 2016 so far?
Wow, last year I really learnt more that I ever thought I would, but really, if I’m completely honest, it was to be less hard on myself. I hold the highest expectations from myself and career, but I realised without a little balance you can jeopardise all that you work so hard for.
What was the musical highlight of 2016?
Touring the US, it was something I had wanted to do and really on the outside it didn’t make sense to go, but I just had a feeling. So I booked a tour and played shows in NYC, Nashville and LA. That tour, without waffling, it turned into something so much bigger and I think part of that was because I was willing to take a risk and secondly because I believe in creating your own success and making sure it became a worthwhile one. I gained US management, played to a full room in NYC and LA and performed on live CBS TV.
Who are you excited to hear from in 2017?
Ooooh Imelda May, what a voice!
Tell us about the record you have just released…
Each release feels like a definite evolution from the one before and this EP has been my most exposed and honest, which has been both scary and exciting. The first track ‘Brother’ is more of a sign of how my music is moving forward, it’s just me playing piano and singing. I love that there’s nothing to hide behind, just your voice, lyrics and melody. The most important part of any song.
If you had to pick three artists to be filed next to, who would they be and why?
Well, what an honour it would be to next Jeff Buckely for his truth, his most touching lyric, melody and a way of conveying true emotion in a way few can. Carole King, for the music she made that drew me in and has related to be deeply throughout my life. Stevie Wonder for that voice! And for bringing me so much joy!
What inspired the record?
All the things that have effected, transformed and shaped me most in life.
Define your sound in five words…
Gutsy, heartbreaking, deep, vulnerable and soulful.
If you could jam with one artist alive or dead, who would it be?
Jeff Buckley, no doubt about it!
If you could have written one song by another artist, what would it be?
Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen.
Someone is making a film of your life, who will play you?
Oh wow, maybe Michelle Williams!
Lastly, tell us one thing you have never revealed in an interview…
Well, if you want a random weird fact, when I was a kid I used to like eating tablespoons of flour! Weirdo! Haha.
Watch the video for ‘Keep On Keeping On’. For tour dates and news go to annapancaldi.com.