Image Description: Me, holding my guitar in my Corner of Creation. Behind me there are my CDs and books.
Songs, Chansons, Lieder
For as long as I can remember, there has always been music inside my head. Even as a little girl I was already humming little melodies, just for myself. For over 20 years I have been writing songs in folk/chanson style. However, it is not me who finds the songs – they find me. The songs, or rather the ideas, come to me in their respective language. This can be English, German or French - sometimes this is quite a challenge, but it’s also a lot of fun! It’s also fascinating to see where the songs are taking me. Thanks for being here and for accompanying me on the way!
Aussi longtemps que je m'en souvienne, j'ai toujours eu de la musique dans la tête. Petite fille j’étais toujours en train de fredonner quelques petits airs. Depuis plus de 20 ans j’écris des chansons dans un style folk/chanson. Cependant ce n'est pas moi qui les trouve, ce sont elles. Les chansons, ou plutôt les idées, me viennent dans les langues respectives. Cela peut être en anglais, en français ou en allemand - c’est un véritable défi parfois mais j'y prends énormément de plaisir! C’est aussi fascinant de voir où les chansons me portent. Merci pour être là et de m’accompagner sur mon chemin!
Schon immer habe ich Musik im Kopf gehabt und als kleines Mädchen leise Melodien vor mich hergesummt. Seit über 20 Jahren schreibe ich Songs im Folk/Chanson Stil. Dabei ist es nicht so, dass ich die Lieder finde, sondern sie mich. Die Lieder bzw. Ideen kommen zu mir in ihrer jeweiligen Sprache. Das kann Englisch, Deutsch oder Französisch sein - das ist manchmal eine ziemliche Herausforderung, aber es macht auch ungeheuer Spaß ! Es ist spannend zu sehen, wohin mich die Songs tragen. Vielen Dank, dass du hier bist und mich dabei begleitest!
While you can find most of my music on streaming services, Bandcamp is the place where I interact with supporters on a more personal level. It's also where you will find my entire discography which includes a few releases that are not on streaming services.
More information on this site: annikajayne.com/bandcamp
Image Description: Picture of the Nostalgia EP CD
Image Description: Picture of the Nostalgia Unplugged Album CD
Image Description: Picture of the Booklet and the Nostalgia EP and Unplugged Album CDs
In April 2021 I released the Nostalgia EP and in June 2021 I released the Nostalgia Unplugged Album.
Now, they are available on CD for the first time.
You could order the CDs in a simple self crafted cardboard sleeve (as shown in the pic above).
The other option is a 38 page full colour booklet including all the lyrics from both albums that comes with both CDs! The booklet also contains the stories behind the songs as well as some rare photos. These will be limited to 50!
Releases of 2021
What a year 2021 has been! I don't think I have ever been that productive. Home recording and friends I met on social media - especially Twitter - have made this possible! Thank you all so much!
Most and for all I would like to thank Nathan Illes who mixed and mastered all of the above releases and make them sound as wonderful as they do! None of these releases would have happened if it weren't for him. He also played several instruments on some of the songs and recorded By Your Side as a duet with me.
Further, I would like to thank the other musicians who played on the releases - Orange G, Phil Graham, Larry Salzman, Dmytro Startsev, Charlot Rivero, María Betania, and Andrea di Giacomo are part of the Nostalgia EP. Thank you so much!
As for the other releases, I would like to thank especially Alison Reynolds who plays the cello on the chamberfolk version of When Was The Last Time and Summer Morning as well as Eileen Alanna from the band Fishing 4 Compliments for singing backing vocals on Summer Morning. Mercedes Bralo Cisternas kindly added a harp part to the song.
Richard Davies plays the saxophone on Wunschzettel and you also hear Dmytro Startsev here on piano once more. Nathan completely arranged the pop-rock version of When Was The Last Time and also added bass, percussion, and strings to Wunschzettel.
Last but not least, I would like to thank Chris West for his amazing support on the Tripwire, a radio show that is on every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. UK time on Phoenix Radio. In the show, Chris introduces many wonderful incredibly talented indie artists and I feel extremely blessed that he chose to premiere several of my songs this year.
Guys - where would I be without you? THANK YOU!!
So - what's next? I am preparing two albums that are rather closely connected to one another, Letter To A Friend and Fairies In Disguise. Both albums will appear sometime in 2022/2023. Maybe I'll release another single or Mini-EP before that, too. We'll see about that!
I hope you have a wonderful new year and that the pandemic will hopefully end soon without too many lives lost.
Thank you all for being on this journey with me!