New York City Singer/songwriter Annie Dressner has recently moved to the UK.

She says: “Since moving here, I have played at Cambridge Folk Festival, Secret Garden Party, Cluny2, etc… I came out with my debut album, “Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names” last year & am currently working on an EP that will be released later in 2013″

Lets get to know more about lovely Annie..

What kind of music do you make/play?

Folk, singer/songwriter music. Not traditional folk by any means though.How did you start and when?

My favorite thing in the world was and always has been to sing. I taught myself guitar the day that I graduated high school on a small classical guitar that had been lying around my house for years, and used the tabs out of a Simon & Garfunkel book to learn how to play chords.

I wrote a few songs just for myself for a few years, and it has only been in the past four years really that I have been taking performing & songwriting seriously & trying to make a career out of it.Who are your influences in the music industry?

Do you mean other musicians? I definitely have listened to a lot of Belle & Sebastian, Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, jazz, etc… I really like music!

Tell us a bit about your early days and how they differ from now?

I used to be a lot younger… and a lot shorter.

What was the last gig you played, what did you think of it ?

The last gig I played was a very, very last-minute gig to support a wonderful band called Hope & Social. I enjoyed playing – but honestly, I was smiling ear-to-ear during Hope & Social’s set.

They were absolutely amazing & I think everyone should go and see them live. If you are not smiling by the end of it… it’s you, not them!What’s the most successful thing you have done to date?

I was very happy to release my debut album, “Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names.”

Who has helped you the most get to where you are today?

My parents.

What’s coming next for you?

I have a four-song EP coming out in the Spring of 2013 (exact release date TBA). Unlike my album, this is more of an acoustic one – no drums. I am very excited about it!

Is it hard being a new artist in today’s industry?

It definitely has its challenges.

Who would you most like to collaborate within the industry?

Bob Dylan, you in?
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