Since the release of her debut album in 2015, Ontario-based singer-songwriter, Annie Sumi, has criss-crossed Canada charming audiences with her brand of musical storytelling that spans folk, roots and ethereal vocalization. Like a travelling minstrel, she has a way of breathing in all the beauty of nature and the subtleties of life, and breathing out musical tales that inspire, enchant, or reach deep into the soul.
“For me it’s always been about telling stories through song and writing from the heart,” Annie says. “So whether a lyric is sombre, or whimsical, or inspirational, you just hope that people feel what you have to say, and are able to make a connection with your music.”
Annie released her debut album, Reflections, in the spring of 2015. The record charted on college radio for 10 straight weeks and a few of the album tracks earned airplay on CBC radio, from coast to coast. She earned a Best Singer-Songwriter nomination at the 2015 Toronto Independent Music Awards and four nominations at the 2016 Hamilton Music Awards, including Best Contemporary Folk Recording, and Female Vocalist of the Year.
The album received encouraging words from music reviewers.
“She tells evocative stories that almost always have a positive and uplifting message…..Annie Sumi might be Canada’s new folk darling.” – Elysse Cloma, Grayowl Point
“There is a beautiful, natural lilt to Sumi’s voice and she’s capable of delivering world-weariness, deep yearning or arresting fury.” – Matt Williams, NOW Magazine
“Reflections consists of eight original tracks that will have you completely mesmerized….Annie’s vocals are best described as hauntingly beautiful.” – Jenna Melanson, Canadian Beats
Annie is most at home on stage, strumming a guitar and sharing her ethereal observations with the world. She is warm, engaging, and loves nothing more than making a connection with her audience through an intimate acoustic set, or kicking it up a notch with some musical accompaniment.
“Annie Sumi wins you over before she finishes her first song,” says Mogens Galberg of the Greenbank Folk Music Society. “Her natural and beautiful voice, smart lyrical ballads and excellent guitar skills make you realize she was born to do this.”
In 2017, Annie will hit the road again, with tours and festivals lined up for the spring and summer. She will be releasing her next album, called ‘In the Unknown,’ in October, 2017, with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and FACTOR Funding.
“I can’t wait to bring this new collection of songs into the world,” she says. “For the last two years I have been catching dreams and visions, and listening to people tell me stories of life and loss , and this album is the voicing of those treasures; a time capsule.”