What is your name?
My name is Annabel Gutherz, and I’m a singer-songwriter from Montreal, Canada.
What is your genre of music?
I would classify my current style of music as theatrical pop-rock.
Give us a little bio about you.
I’m a Berklee College of Music student earning my Master’s Degree in Songwriting and an artist, simultaneously working on my Sophomore EP. I feel deeply grateful to learn and study under the supervision of some of the most proficient and expert professors to better hone my craft while sharing my personal music with various audiences. In addition to music, I am the author of my own children’s picture book series, Annie’s Pajammies, which follows young protagonist Annie as she achieves her dream of travelling the world thanks to her magical pajamas. Each story is sold in conjunction with a corresponding set of pajamas, and a portion of the profits from every unit sold is donated to an education-based charity in the country Annie visits. I’m so excited to continue growing the company and fortifying its impact in rural communities across the globe.
What made you go into music?
Songwriting is at the intersection of my passions, including storytelling and music, which is why I was inclined to pursue it as a career! I also love the tenets on which music is created, including community, love, and understanding, and wanted to be a part of that.
Who are your influences?
Musically, my influences include Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Taylor Swift, Conan Grey, amongst many others. I am also heavily influenced by musical theatre showtunes, including those from shows like Wicked and Dear Evan Hansen
Are you a signed artist?
I’m an independent artist, but I by no means do this on my own! I have an incredible team and network of people that help to act as catalysts of my dreams, and make this pursuit possible. Every day I am filled with appreciation for their support, guidance and belief.
You released your new single ‘Interstellar’, tell us more about the single and the meaning behind the song.
“Interstellar” is a song about a breakup and the emotions we can experience in the wake of a relationship ending. Many times in a relationship, you can feel like a star in your partner’s constellation, such that if it ends, you feel lost in a sky of wandering stars… Interstellar, if you will. That’s what the song is about, and reconciling with the tug-of-war dynamic between emotional dualities in the aftermath of a breakup
Describe the track in two words.
In two words, I would describe “Interstellar” as theatrical and passionate.
What was the writing and recording process like?
The writing process for “Interstellar” was quite seamless. I wrote the song over the course of a day on electric guitar, and recorded a demo, which I sent to my producer extraordinaire, Dominique Messier. He changed the instrumental landscape of the song, which we tweaked over the course of many weeks, and then had recorded by the most proficient musicians.
Who did you work with on the single?
I was so fortunate to work on this single with a number of brilliant musicians and artists who are experts at their respective crafts. Dominique Messier produced “Interstellar” and played live drums on it. All of the instruments were tracked/recorded at Piccolo Studios in Montreal! Kaven Girouard played the acoustic and electric guitars, Yves Labonté played the bass guitar, Guillaume Marchand played the piano, and my mom and sister had cameos by singing some of the “gang” background vocals. The song was mixed by Bleu McCauley, and mastered by Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice of Peerless Mastering. My gratitude for all that they are and all that they do is endless.
Will we see a music video for ‘Interstellar’ and if so what can we expect from the creative process?
You will certainly see a music video for “Interstellar.” I was again so fortunate to work on it with a team of visual artists who helped execute our vision, which we developed through an extensive creative process. Using Pinterest Boards and cinematographic references, including the opening scene of Robert Zemeckis’s 1997 film, Contact, we catapulted into action!
Will we see an EP or Album and if so, what can we expect from it?
You will definitely see an EP in the imminent future! This next body of work will be a concept EP that stems from a central theme, and I can’t wait to share it with you!
What else can we expect in 2022?
I will be releasing the “Interstellar” music video in 2022 and perhaps another song or two!
Where do you see yourself in 5 Years now?
I try not to forecast the future, but I hope to be doing what I love with the people I love, and to feel fulfilled and purposeful in my pursuits each and every day. I hope to know I’m making a positive and measurable difference in the lives of many, and to be happy and healthy as well!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
One of my favorite quotes that I stick by is “People won’t remember what you said, people won’t remember what you did, but people will always remember how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Feelings are at the foundation of our experiences, and the indelible nature of our memories. I believe how we make people feel and experience moments in life defines who we are and builds our respective legacies, which is why leading with kindness is of utmost importance to me. I think it’s also why I love to write and create songs – music is a unifying force that has a unique healing quality, enabling listeners to experience catharsis when it really resonates.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
At a gig, five things I absolutely cannot forget include a bottle of water, a snack bag, a backup microphone, my vocal warmups, and a lyric sheet!
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
I absolutely do! Here’s where you can find me! 🙂
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Thank you so much for having me! I am deeply appreciative!