Anna was featured by Graham Steel in FATEA Magazine's 'Listen Up' interview section on 2nd May 2020. The topics discussed include: how she would describe her music and the different genres it encompasses; how she would love to explore different genres as a songwriter in future; plans for future releases/performances; and how she would encourage anyone and everyone to get involved in making music.
Read the full interview here.
Anna completed a '10 Questions Indie Music Interview' for the BWH Music Group on 3rd April 2020, where she discusses things like: her journey so far as a musician and the catalyst for its beginning; her songwriting and creative processes; how she likes to drink Jack Daniels and coke before she performs 🥃; the challenges facing Indie artists right now; some of her musical plans for the future... and more!
Read the full interview here.
"Hard though it is to think back to those halcyon days of youth, between the ages of 13 and 21 … Not many of us were writing the songs that would one day form our debut album … Anna Renae was doing just that, capturing the experience of teenage life in music, navigating the turbulent maelstroms of those years and making sense of them through songs. Any worries that this might therefore come across as the kind of immature cod-philosophical musings you associate with teenagers should be dispelled instantly on the first play. … There's not a weak song on the album, and Renae melds together pop and folk sensibilities with a great deal of craft. … Where Renae truly shines is in her ability to take what are really very personal moments and lessons in her life, and turn them into something that will speak to everyone. … Skin is an absolute delight of an album from start to finish, and is one of the most impressive debuts I've heard in some time."
- Adam Jenkins, FATEA (22nd April 2020)
"[Skin] draws on the songs she has written between the ages of 13 and 21, though they show the maturity of someone much older … The album opens strongly with her superb a cappella voice on ‘Alaska’, inspired by the film ‘Into the Wild’. It is just one of the songs with her layered harmonies and strings. My favourite song comes next with ‘Far From Sanity’, which deals with the madness of being in love, something I hadn’t thought about, but I think she gets it just right … There’s really not a bad track on the album … ‘Loving You Silently’, which was a piece she had to write for a string quartet during her time at university, the harmonies and string arrangements are just stunning and when she performs it live it brings tears to the eyes … For my money, amongst the very many talented female singer songwriters out there Anna is one who will go far … For those that like comparisons, think of Suzanne Vega with a hint of Taylor Swift."
- Duncan Chappell, Shire Folk (6th February 2021)
"Anna is telling the story of her young life and these are deeply personal songs – the sort I would normally run a mile from, which is why I find her music so appealing. I’m nearly fifty years away from her but I can relate to the things she sings about because of her artistry. The line ‘the country is no place to build a kingdom’ and its mirror image of the city in ‘Where To Belong’ says so much. I don’t want to hammer the point but Anna wrote ‘The Soldier’ when she was thirteen - but its maturity is astonishing and the same can be said of the whole album. I will also say that she has a powerful voice that exudes confidence; the sort of voice I want to listen to. If Anna Renae isn’t a star one day I’ll know I should have retired long before now."
- Dai Jeffries, Folking.com (18th March 2020)
"Given that she wrote most of the songs on her debut album Skin during her teens, there's a maturity to Anna Renae's tales that, unsurprisingly, draw on her own experiences of love, heartbreak, leaving home and finding her place in the world. Avoiding the obvious pitfalls of such a musical journey, Renae's narrative songs are honest, charming and beautifully performed."
- Issue 81 of RnR Magazine (8th May 2020)
"The album kick starts with a song named "Alaska". This lovely intro tune contains melodic guitar instrumentals that are accompanied by such a huge range of effortlessly stunning vocals. Every song tells its own story and you will feel as though you are on a journey alongside Anna and her music. "Homeward Bound" is another fantastic song to look out for on the album, a really strong and refreshing song that will raise your mood tenfold. Anna Renae has a voice that is up there with the professionals you hear on the Radio everyday! Her songwriting and ability to perform are truly impressive ... It's clear that a lot of genuine love and hard work went into each and every one of her songs"
- New Blood, Roadie Records (25th March 2020)
“Against the bright acoustic picking patterns, her vocal tone is pure and warm with nice character that gives her music a folk edge...By the second verse, after a moment's breath, the arrangement blossoms with guitar strumming and percussion moving towards a pop-folk flavor. A gorgeous violin is soon added to the mix...The title of the song "Skin" refers to a moment in life that lives beneath your skin...The song is a coming of age tale, a time of transition and inner growth, where a young woman discovers her own "truth" and learns the life lesson of being true to herself..."Skin" is a beautiful song that displays Anna's ability to bring emotions and stories to life through introspective lyrics, a well-conceived arrangement, and a warm and inviting vocal performance. "Skin" shows that Anna's music can go beneath the surface of the skin and touch the soul.”
- Sylvie Marie & Staff, 'Skin' Song Review, Please Pass The Indie (6th April 2020)
"Anna's songs in her early years of writing started out with very basic song lines and guitar strumming accompaniment, for this, her debut release, she revisited them, added harmonies and layers, giving the songs lift and new life. She has progressed impressively, compiling some complex and interesting songs for the listener...Anna's catalogue of early songs seems endless, 'Skin' is an extremely well crafted and produced release for one so young, we look forward with great anticipation of what is to come."
- The Sound Cafe (7th October 2020)
BBC Music Introducing: Solent
'Where To Belong' was featured by Steph Nieuwenhuys on BBC Radio Solent on 18th and 25th July 2020.
'The Rain At Night' was featured by Steph Nieuwenhuys on BBC Radio Solent on 15th August 2020.
'Distance Makes The Heart Grow' was featured by Steph Nieuwenhuys on BBC Radio Solent on 17th October 2020.
'Homeward Bound' was featured by Steph Nieuwenhuys on BBC Radio Solent on 12th December 2020.
BBC Music Introducing: Berkshire
'The Rain At Night' was featured by Linda Serck on BBC Radio Berkshire on 15th August 2020.
'Distance Makes The Heart Grow' was featured by Linda Serck on BBC Radio Berkshire on 10th October 2020.
'Homeward Bound' was featured by Linda Serck on BBC Radio Berkshire on 28th November 2020.
Koast Lounge, Koast Radio
Anna took part in an over-the-phone interview for Koast Radio on 6th April 2021, where she discussed how having roots in different parts of the country has influenced her music, how songs written in her teenage years came to form her debut album, and how folk music, among other genres, has inspired her songwriting. Her songs Loving You Silently, Where To Belong, The Soldier and Alaska were also played on the show. Listen Now
The Readifolk Radio Show, Blues & Roots Radio
Anna's album 'Skin' was chosen as Michael Tuffery's Album of the Year for The Readifolk Radio Show's 'Album of the Year Show 2020'. Each presenter chose an album as their personal choice for the year, and Anna is thrilled to have been included among such a fantastic array of artists: Listen Now
Radio Kaos, Italy
'Where To Belong' and 'Far From Sanity' featured by Francesca Romana Fabris on 28th January 2021 (also broadcast on Blues & Roots Radio): Listen Now
The Folk Pilot, Deal Radio
'Alaska', 'Loving You Silently' and 'The Soldier', featured by Neil Vessey on 28th January 2021: Listen Now
Russell Hill's Country Music Show, Express FM
'Distance Makes The Heart Grow', 'The Rain At Night' and 'Where To Belong' were featured by Russell Hill on 10th January 2021: Listen Now
Shire Folk Showcase, Kennet Radio
'Skin', featured by Graham Hobbs on 30th September 2020: Listen Now
'Where To Belong', featured on 'Views From The Edge' by Donald Strachan on 9th September 2020: Listen Now
'Skin', featured on 'Lunchtime Review' by Donald Strachan on 15th September 2020: Listen Now
'Far From Sanity', featured on 'Views From The Edge' by Donald Strachan on 22nd September 2020.
Bay Trust Radio
Anna's track 'Skin' was featured as the 'New Big Thing' of the week from 31st August-6th September 2020, and was played by various presenters throughout the week.
Anna's cover of 'Silent Night' was played on the Bay Trust Radio Christmas Special, on Christmas Day 2020.
Acoustic Cafe Radio Show, Wey Valley Radio (101.1FM)
Anna was interviewed over the phone on Brian Player's Acoustic Cafe show on Wey Valley Radio on 31st March 2020. She talked about her debut album 'Skin', her journey as a songwriter, a little bit of what's to come in future - and more: Listen Now
'Alaska', featured by Brian Player on 4th August 2020: Listen Now
'Alaska', featured by Brian Player on 1st September 2020: Listen Now
Folkin' Around Show, Radio Cherwell
'Skin', featured by Duncan Chappell on 19th May 2020: Listen Now
'Drawing Lovehearts', featured by Duncan Chappell on 16th, 17th and 21st June 2020: Listen Now
'The Soldier', featured by Duncan Chappell on 9th August 2020: Listen Now
'For Now', featured by Duncan Chappell on 25th January 2021: Listen Now
Roots and Fusion, Blues & Roots Radio
'Raindrops Cascade' and 'Drawing Lovehearts', featured by Rick Stuart on 8th April 2020: Listen Now
'Alaska', featured by Rick Stuart on 5th August 2020: Listen Now
Future Vegan, Future Radio
Anna was booked to play at VFest, Reading in June 2020 (this has now been postponed to 2021), and so the title track from her debut album 'Skin' was played on the Future Vegan segment of Future Radio, Norwich by Ben Tonks on 26th and 28th March 2020: Listen Now
'Skin' was featured again by Ben Tonks on 2nd and 4th July 2020: Listen Now
Acoustic Routes, DapperFM / Jacs Radio / Blues & Roots Radio
'Alaska', featured by David Chamberlain on 6th and 11th April 2020 on DapperFM, and also on 9th and 10th April 2020 on Blues & Roots Radio: Listen Now
'Drawing Lovehearts', featured by David Chamberlain on 22nd and 27th June 2020 on DapperFM, and also on 25th and 26th June 2020 on Blues & Roots Radio: Listen Now
'Alaska', featured by David Chamberlain on 28th December 2020 on Jacs Radio, and on 31st December 2020 and 1st January 2021 on Blues & Roots Radio: Listen Now
Maui Celtic Radio Show, Kaku FM and Celtic Music Radio
'Distance Makes The Heart Grow', featured by Hamish Burgess as part of his 'Thankyou to Health Care Workers' show on Kaku FM on 3rd May 2020, repeated on Celtic Music Radio on 5th, 7th and 8th May 2020: Listen Now
Strummers & Dreamers, Cambridge Radio and Blues & Roots Radio
'Alaska', featured by Les Ray on Cambridge Radio on 27th April 2020, repeated on Blues & Roots Radio on 4th and 6th May: Listen Now
Folk Ace, Kennet Radio
'Alaska', featured by Stephen Ottner on 28th April 2020: Listen Now
Along The Tracks, Blues & Roots Radio
Anna's album 'Skin' was featured as Album of the Week by Neil King, with the show featuring the songs 'Skin', 'Distance Makes the Heart Grow' and 'Alaska', airing on 17th, 19th and 22nd April 2020.
Classic Folk, English Folk Dance and Song Society
'Alaska', featured by Mike Norris on 13th April 2020: Listen Now
Alternative Roots, Brum Radio
'Where To Belong', featured by Mike Davies on 12th April 2020: Listen Now
'Skin', featured by Mike Davies on 19th April 2020: Listen Now
Radio Nowhere, folkmusicnotebook.com
'Distance Makes The Heart Grow' and 'The Soldier', featured by Joltin Joe Pszonek on 5th April 2020: Listen Now
Black Dog Radio
'Alaska', featured by Andy Inns on 4th April 2020: Listen Now
The Folk Show, Big Ear Radio
Anna was the Featured Artist on The Folk Show on Big Ear Radio from 4th-11th April 2020 - her songs 'Alaska', 'Skin' and 'Loving You Silently' were broadcast on a loopcast of the show 3 times a day for a week: Listen Now
National Indie Radio (WNIR)
Anna's track 'Skin' was in rotation on the Pop Musik Show on National Indie Radio (WNIR), which airs worldwide twice a day, from 2nd-16th Aprl 2020.
The Acoustic Yard Radio Show, Blues & Roots Radio
'Alaska', featured by David Dee Moore on 3rd April 2020: Listen Now
CamFolk, Cam FM (97.2FM)
Anna's track 'Alaska' was featured as the week's 'tune from a local folk artist/band' on 3rd April 2020: Listen Now
The Readifolk Radio Show, Blues & Roots Radio
'Loving You Silently', featured by Michael Tuffery on 14th Feb 2020: Listen Now
'Alaska', featured by Fay Freemantle and Alan Lovegrove on 28th Feb 2020: Listen Now
'Raindrops Cascade' and 'Loving You Silently', featured by Ian Freedman on 10th April 2020: Listen Now
@PatDav Interview on Stationhead
Anna Renae was interviewed by Patrick Davenport on his Stationhead app radio show on 25th March 2020, which included plays of various songs from her debut album 'Skin': Listen Now