Raw Confessions With D.I.Y Pop/R&B Artist Ann King

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Fresh off releasing stunning visuals for her single ‘Heading’, Netherlands Pop/R&B artist Ann King is a young D.I.Y artist slowly making a name for herself through the music scene. Using her music as a therapeutic tool, Ann’s latest single is designed to uplift and inspire those who choose to chase their dreams.

We sit down with Ann and chat about what it’s like to be a young artist in today’s industry and how her album reflects her toughest times.

You just released a new single could you tell us about it?

My first single is named ‘Heading’ and it is about believing in yourself and going after your dreams even though it may be a hard road to follow. I wrote it when I almost felt like giving up on my dreams as a little reminder to myself that even though it’s tough in the end it will all pay off and I hope it can inspire people who listen to ‘Heading’ to do the same.

You're quite young, how did you first start out in the music industry?

I have always loved to sing but I started doing musicals when I was about 8 years old and I enjoyed it so much that I just kept going. Then when was about 12 years old I wrote my first song and started performing at my High School, from there I released an album and some singles under the name ANEMARY and now we’re here.

Who are your influences?

I have a lot of different influences. My biggest influences growing up were Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Adele. At the moment I get a lot of inspiration from artists like Alessia Cara, Nina Nesbitt and Billie Eilish. I like how they’re original and stay true to who they are.

You're also due to drop an album, what can people expect from that?

I wrote this album over the past year which has been one of the toughest years of my life so far. It’s a very honest and personal album. It really reflects my highs and lows of the past year. I went through a lot of changes but the main message of the album is to stay true to yourself. Be authentically human and to keep watering the seeds you have planted even though it may be a lot easier to buy fake flowers.

What's your idea of the perfect Sunday?

A perfect Sunday for me would be not having to wake up to my alarm clock but to wake up whenever I wake up. Make myself a cup of tea and go take a walk with one of my close friends or family in the forest close to my house and then when I get home play on my guitar, sing and watch Friends with my cat. 

You’re a bit of D.I.Y artist, how do you find the motivation to do it all?

I fell in love with singing at an early age and have always done everything by myself. There isn’t anything else I would want to be doing than sing and make albums for the rest of my life. It’s a hard road to follow but I try to keep in mind how much I love making music and that in the end everything will be okay. I like coming up with new music video concepts and writing new a new song is like therapy for me because I put a lot of what I’m going through in my personal life into my music.