Indie-folk singer Annie Sumi spent the summer of 2015 growing her fan base, taking her sweet, soulful voice to stages big and small, and sharing a brand of musical storytelling that spans folk, roots and country-rock.
One radio interviewer described the 21-year-old as an “old soul” which truly captures her spirit—she’s young, but like a traveling minstrel, she has a way of breathing in all the beauty of nature and the subtleties of life, and breathing out musical tales that speak to regular folk, young and old.
And when she strums her guitar and the words pour out, you can almost close your eyes and imagine a young Jewel or Carole King. “You really hope that people feel your songs and make a deep connection with your music,” Annie says. “When that happens, it’s magic, pure magic.”
Annie, from Whitby, ON, released her debut album, Reflections, in April. The record charted on college radio for 10 straight weeks and a few of the album tracks earned airplay on CBC Radio One. Music reviewers have lauded Annie’s thoughtful lyrics and the texture of her voice.
“There is a beautiful, natural lilt to Sumi’s voice and she’s capable of delivering world-weariness, deep yearning or arresting fury.” – NOW Magazine
“She tells evocative tales that almost always have a positive and uplifting message… At 21 years old, Annie Sumi might be Canada’s new folk darling.” – Grayowl Point
“Reflections consists of eight original tracks that will have you completely mesmerized… Annie’s vocals are best described as hauntingly beautiful.” – Canadian Beats
Annie toured Eastern Canada with her music, playing more than 50 shows, from Hamilton to Halifax, and many points in between. Along the way were performances and workshops at three music festivals in Ontario—The Shelter Valley Folk Festival, Live at the Rock Festival, and The Blue Skies Music Festival.
On stage, Annie 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.
“You can’t leave an Annie Sumi performance and feel anything but inspired,” says Leah Morise, of the London-area venue, the House of Harmony. “Her songs manage to pull you into her world.”
a new year blossoms at the end of 2015, I decided to get on a plane and spend two months of my life in south america. while I was there, I sat, quietly, facing the pacific ocean, and took a long moment to reflect on all of the blessings of 2015. my life always returns to the word "gratitude"; the conscious practice of giving thanks for the unbelievable gifts that are presented to us. for me, 2015 was a leap of faith into the great unknown - releasing Reflections, touring across the country, and being given the opportunity to play [...]