Being exposed to a variety of cultures and experiences growing up reflects her integrated sound. “I love music that I can feel and am pretty eclectic when it comes to the types of music that I’m into”, shares the 23-year-old.
“When I discovered artists like Lalah Hathaway, Erykah Badu, Floetry, India Arie, Norah Jones, Adele, Sadè, Jill Scott, Brian McKnight, Mint Condition, Musiq Soulchild and Lauryn Hill, I felt something almost visceral. Their music, melodies, move and inspire me.”
Barely able to reach the pedals, Annalé first started playing piano at the age of 4. Having musician parents played a big role in being exposed to music early on. Her father is an active orchestral conductor/composer in South Korea and her mother is an organist.
With both classical training and an ear for melody and strong structure, she auditioned for Berklee College of Music and was selected as one of the seven Presidential Scholars receiving a full 5-year scholarship to the prestigious school.
Annalé LIVE @ LAKF ft. Stokley Williams (Behind the Scenes)
“At Berklee, I majored in Contemporary Writing & Production and Vocal Performance and was constantly surrounded by amazing musicians from all over the world; it helped to sharpen my musical skills and performing with my band helps keep me fluid and improvisational.”
With its soulful groove, funky bassline, and jazzy sensibilities, “Roses” is gaining notable buzz on Billboard’s R&B Airplay charts, currently standing at top 27 with a potential to rise even more.
It is being played on multiple radio stations and all the AMC theaters across the U.S., gaining lots of attraction and attention from the listeners. While some may be amazed that this voice comes from an unlikely source, Annalé and those who follow her aren’t too surprised at all. “People who really love music don’t care how it’s packaged or presented, they want to know if you can sing, you can move them.
Annalé – Roses (Official Music Video)
That’s why I create music, not to follow the culture norms, but to re-imagine them,” says the soulful siren. Expected to release at the end of the year, her full self-titled album will have “Roses” along with other tracks including Korean versions and a collaboration track featuring Mint Condition front man Stokley Williams. With a growing buzz in the U.S., it’s only a matter of time before Annalé will reach a wider audience.