Annemarie Picerno is a Grammy member, Americana Music Association member, and Indie Collaborative Artist. She writes all of her original music and performs in Nashville. She is a 2018 Josie Music Award Winner for her hit song "Bonfire" and was presented a 2019 The Gran Royale Music Award and a LDM Radio Music Award. She has performed in theater, bands in every musical genre, comedy shows, film, radio and television. Select releases of her hit songs can be found on the popular Bongo Boy Records albums. She has topped indie radio charts with her powerful voice and harmonies in rock, pop, blues, and American Roots. For her latest single, "Money Pain," Annemarie Picerno teamed up with renowned Nashville producer Bob McGilpin who has produced 9 of Annemarie's radio releases. Bob McGilpin's first release was 1978's "Superstar" on Butterfly records which became a Billboard hit along with "Sexy Thing" and "When You Feel Love." He had multiple major label record deals with Casablanca, RCA, and Butterfly/MCA and landed three #1 hits on the coveted Billboard Dance Charts. This year they have received 5 nominations for the Sept 5 2020 Josie Music Awards in Tennessee, as well as nominations for the Gran Royale Music Awards in Richmond, Ca, The LDM Radio Awards, the Red Carpet Awards in Holland, as well as being submitted for Consideration on the 1st ballot for the 63rd annual Grammy© Awards.
What is your earliest memory of music? And, how did you get started in music? I've been performing, writing songs and singing ever since I was a kid. I grew up on the classic music tv shows, Carol Burnett, Hee Haw, The Grand Ole Opry, and even loved the Hollywood movie musicals, so it was natural for me to major in Musical Theater in college where I learned dance, acting, singing, composition, and performed in stage shows and comedy. I continue to incorporate that training in to my live performances, and strive to layer all I've learned in my performances and my original music. What was the first song you ever wrote? What or who inspired you to start writing music? Many a poem was written, and songs recorded on an old tape player with an old guitar. As a kid, I wrote prolifically, and I was very much influenced by Broadway shows, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Barbra Streisand and the divas: Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, Patti Labelle, Mariah Carey, and many Motown greats. I not only wrote songs, I wrote stories, and plays, and was very artistic with drawings. Music and songwriting have always been a way to tell my personal stories from a different perspective as a character.
Do you play any instruments? If yes tell us about it. If not, do you work with a band or studio musicians? Do you produce your tracks or work with a producer? I play piano, guitar, violin, and saxophone. My songs today I write on keyboard and a 35 year old Washburn guitar. My producer Bob McGilpin takes my demos and arranges the music with his unique intertwining of acoustic instruments and he is an excellent guitar, mandolin and bass player. He is very intuitive and wraps the instrumental harmonies around my vocal melodies. We talk about the musical sounds and the emotion we want in each song, and come up with music that is definitely not cookie cutter. I like to have the music not be over processed and what you would hear if I performed live with the instruments dancing and out of the pockets.
What is your favorite part about being an artist (performing, recording, writing, playing)? I am grateful to have many station dj's request and look forward to each new song, as they now know that each release might have different sounds and vocals, as well as be a mix of genres. When fans comment on their favorite songs, or call out titles of songs that you wrote and produced, that appreciation of something that began as an idea, was recorded, and then heard on radio is a nice feeling. I love being able to perform live and meet other artists, as well as very grateful for the friendships and award shows that have recognized me for my music over the years. Being an independent artist as well as a producer, has a satisfaction that you are being authentic and not controlled in your creativity or how you put your music out there. I love being able to be different and sing what I want with my own style. Do you have any advice for young women pursuing music? Always read and be learning! Understand the business side of the music industry, as well as continually striving to improve your craft! Don't be afraid to dream, or visualize and set high goals. It's important to develop as many skills that complement your artistry, whether it be understanding social media, recording, video or music production. The more you understand about the business, the better you can navigate it, especially if you hire a manager or promoter with your hard earned money. Look at Dolly Parton who is a musical and business super woman. most of all, don't try to be like anyone else but you!
For readers who have never heard your music, can you suggest one or two songs to start with? For a song of a personal journey and my daily thanks, check out "Thank You" a song about gratitude. We should always value what we do have, despite trials or lack of riches. This song was written from my daily meditation of thanks before starting my day. https://annemariepicerno.com/single/11751/thank-you
You will definitely want to check out all my music on www.annemariepicerno.com as you will find pop Rock, Blues, American Roots, Country, and even Southern Rock as I perform many genres.
What do you feel your strengths are as an artist?
Perseverance and the ability to have humor ! I write lyrics that can be funny or emotional, and my vocals I like to choose melodies that go in the opposite direction of what you may expect. i also have a powerful voice. I am not someone that just stands and sings, I entertain from the point of view in the song. Just as an actress might portray a character, my songs are performed from different points of view. That is what makes the art of songwriting and performing never boring!
Tell us where fans can access your music. Provide 1 or 2 links here: My website has all you need to click and connect to my social media as well as music stores! Fans can connect through the icons at the top of my website!