Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Annabel Gutherz and I’m a singer-songwriter from Montreal, Canada! My debut album, ‘Loose Ends’, is out on October 1 and I couldn’t be more excited about it! I held onto these songs for the longest of time, afraid to bare a piece of my heart with listeners, but art is meant to be shared and I’m looking forward to sharing mine with anyone open to listening. Other than my music, I love spending time in my pajamas, with my family and friends, and eating green apples and chocolate!
How did you first become interested in a music career?
I think I was always interested in music but hadn’t considered pursuing it as a career until I started writing songs of my own. Songwriting is truly at the intersection of my passions, which include storytelling and music, and I feel so grateful to have songwriting as an outlet to express myself! When I was trying to determine which undergraduate degree program to pursue – music, cognitive science, or pre-law – my mom asked me a very simple question, “Which will make you happiest?” It was with that question I knew what I needed to do, and that was to pursue a career in music!
How have you evolved since your first release, “Legends”?
My musical knowledge has grown immensely since “Legends,” and my writing has evolved accordingly. I would attribute the evolution of my artistry in large part to my studies at Berklee College of Music. From production, to composition, to arranging, to songwriting, to performance, I was able to strengthen my skills so that I can now better execute my musical ideas.
How has your time at Berklee College of Music helped you as an artist?
Berklee College of Music helped me as an artist in so many ways. I learned a wealth of information about the craft of songwriting, producing, and arranging/composing, as well as how to use technological tools like Logic Pro X to bring my sonic visions to fruition. Having earned my undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Music Studies, I also learned more about music theory and about the industry as a whole. I love Berklee, so much so that I’m continuing on and pursuing my Masters of Arts in Songwriting this year!
How would you describe your musical style?
I would describe my musical style as pop-rock. Structurally, my songs are built like pop songs, but I pull from a predominantly organic/live sonic palette and employ more rock-like melodies!
What can audiences expect from your debut album, “Loose Ends” due out October 1st?
Audiences can expect the unexpected… Well, not really! The songs on “Loose Ends” cover a variety of different genres written about a number of different topics. I hope there’s at least one song that resonates for everyone on the record!
What was it like working with Dominique Messier on the album?
My experience working with Dominique on this album was superlative in every respect! Dominique is brilliant, and every day I am honored to work alongside his genius. He is constantly imparting his wisdom and sharing his talents with me, and I am filled with endless gratitude!
Working with Dominique is also such a blast! We are constantly cracking jokes and laughing!
What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?
I would encourage aspiring singers/songwriters to delve into and continue nurturing their passions for singing/songwriting! I would also encourage them to continue learning and exploring their respective crafts.
You’re also a published author of the children’s picture book series, Annie’s Pajammies. A portion of the proceeds from every Annie’s Pajammies unit sold is donated to help facilitate access to education in countries across the globe. Where did this idea come from and do you have plans to publish more picture books?
I wanted to make a tangible difference in the lives of others in a way that was both meaningful and sustainable. Thinking about my love of pajamas, traveling, and learning about the world at large, I conceptualized Annie’s Pajammies. I loved every moment of bringing this social enterprise to fruition, and I certainly have plans to publish more books! In fact, Annie, the protagonist of the series, is already preparing for her magical adventure to Zimbabwe, Africa!
What’s your life like outside of music?
Outside of music, I love writing stories and designing pajamas for Annie’s Pajammies, spending quality time with family and friends, learning Italian, painting, drawing, watching TV, and eating… Goodness, I love food! Prior to the pandemic, I especially enjoyed traveling, and learning about cultures and histories different from my own!
Let the readers know where to find you online.
Readers can find me on social media and on all streaming platforms!
YouTube: Annabel Gutherz