Chit Chatting with Singer Annamaria

 

Written by Jill Sheets

This 17-year-old break out singer and songwriter, Annamaria, has a career that is off to a great start. The New York native has just released her new song “Affection,” which can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, and Amazon Music. Keep reading and learn about her new song, where are some of the places she would like to visit, and what five things you may not know about her.

 

R: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started in the music industry.

A: The way I got into the music industry is actually really funny and coincidental. Last year, I had my “sweet sixteen” party at my manager’s, John Casale’s, catering place. My dad showed him one of my YouTube videos that I made when I was younger, and he fell in love with my voice. He showed Richie Cannata, a recording studio owner next-door in Glen Cove, and that’s really where I first started. Once I realized that the music that I’ve been writing for so long on paper could actually come to life, I couldn’t stop writing and recording. It turned into my favorite thing to do.

 

R: Tell us about your new song “Affection.” How did you come up with the idea for the song?

A: “Affection” is a song that I wrote under pressure and very quickly. It was my first time at Water Music studios in New Jersey. Mike, one of the owners of the studio, asked me to choose a track that I liked, so I did. After that, he told me to write to it and I was alone in the studio with the track on a loop.  I was very nervous, and already sweating because it was so warm in the studio! Thankfully, the lyrics came straight to me with no hesitation and after about 14-20 minutes I wrote to the whole track. I really love this song, and it will always have a special place in my heart because it reminds me of what I’m blessed to be able to do.

 

R: Tell us about some of your other songs. What is your normal writing process? 

A: All of my songs that I’ve written have been created in different ways. There’s no strict way that I write and create a song, and usually I never sit down and write a song directly. The tune or lyrics either come to me by an inspiration, or I start playing around with the piano and I come up with something. Also, this year I have been introduced to writing lyrics to tracks that have already been made, which is how “Affection” was created. I love all the ways to write music, and I aspire to be good at all of them and not limit myself. Although I do love making tracks after I write the lyrics, I also love writing lyrics to already made tracks. When I first started writing, I started with the words and helped make a track after. A lot of my songs have all different tones to them, so they are all able to be heard and understood by all different types of listeners.

 

R: How many songs have you written?

A: The first song that I wrote and recorded was called “Right Off My Feet.” I wrote the lyrics and Eren Cannata wrote the music in the track. The song hasn’t been released yet, but it is going to be released in the near future! In total, I think I have written about 20-30 songs so far. The reason for this is because, lately, I have been getting an entire song written in my mind. When I was younger, I used to get bits and pieces of different songs. Now, I’ve even been dreaming of songs in my head and when I wake up I write the entire song down. Writing music and coming up with melodies are two things that are probably one of the most enjoyable things to do.

 

R: I read that your favorite artists as Tori Kelly, Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Demi Lovato, and Christina Aguilera. What are your top five favorite songs of theirs?

A: My favorite song by Tori Kelly is “All in My Head.” “My Love is Like a Star” or “Catch Me” by Demi Lovato, “Sing for Me” by Christina Aguilera, and “Ben” by Michael Jackson. I don’t have a single favorite song by Justin Bieber, but some songs I really love are “Common Denominator,” “Up,” “Life is Worth Living,” “Down to Earth,” and “Die in Your Arms.”

 

R: Where can people get your music?

A: My music is sold almost everywhere on digital stores. This includes iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and more.

 

R: You are from New York City. What are your favorite things you like about New York?

A: My favorite thing about New York is that I can get almost anything and do anything in one city. My other favorite thing about New York is that there so many cultures in such a small area, which means I can also get all different types of food and different ideas in a small area.

 

R: Where are five places would you like to go on tour to?

A: If I were ever lucky enough to go on tour, I think my top five places would be Melbourne, Tokyo, Barcelona, anywhere in South Africa, anywhere in Brazil, and Indonesia.

 

R: Who has been your biggest influence and why?

A: My biggest influence in my life has been my parents because they both did not come from much when they were younger, but both worked so hard and became very successful. It’s a blessing that I have such hard working role models in my life. My biggest influence in the music industry has been Justin Bieber because he also came from a small town, but proved the impossible by becoming the Prince of Pop.

 

R: What is your favorite song you like to belt out in your room?

A: I love to sing “Speechless” by Lady Gaga in my room.

 

R: What are five things people may not know about you?

A:

  1. I’m a 1st generation Greek-American.
  2. I visit my friends and family in Corfu, Greece for the whole summer, every year.
  3. I have an older brother and an older sister.
  4. I started to play piano on my own at a young age and listened to instrumental tracks of songs to understand the keys and sounds better.
  5. I used to play guitar, now I enjoy playing the ukulele more.

 

R: Do you have any charities that are close to your heart? If so you would like to talk about them?

A: One of my favorite charities is the ASPCA charity and the Make-A-Wish foundation. Since both my parents are pharmacists at their store New London Pharmacy in New York, for years they have always worked with these two charities. I’ve seen the work they have done with them and I want to continue that because these charities are so significant.

 

R: Other than this one, what is the strangest question you have ever been asked?

A: The strangest question I’ve ever been asked is “Who do you want to be like?” This implies that as an artist, I should want to be just like someone that’s already been.

The reason I find this question so strange is because my answer to that every time is that I don’t want to be like anyone that has already been. I would much prefer to be my own person with my own creative ideas and talents. Although I am inspired by many different artists in the industry, I for sure don’t want to be exactly any person specifically and do everything that they did. I want to be my own artist that maybe someday other people are inspired by and look up to.

 

R: Are you on any social networking sites?  If so, which ones and what are their addresses?  Do you have an official website and/or YouTube page?

A:

Twitter – @annamariasmusic

Business – @annamariasmusic

Personal – @annamariaaofficial

YouTube: Annamaria Music

Facebook: @annamariasmusic

 

R: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?

A: To my fans, thank you for your support! I’m so blessed and happy you’re here with me.

 

Photo credit: Annamaria Music