Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Ann King

Tell us about:

Your latest single you have released:

I recently released my new single ‘It comes and goes’ which is about feeling lost in and trying to figure out a way through the chaos and how to balance your life. I feel like mental health is really important, I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 23 and had a burnout. When you’re in your 20s life can be really messy and like things might never get better but I feel like it’s important to always put your physical and mental health first. Seasons come and go, you can’t have the highs without the lows and I wrote this song as a reminder to myself for that.

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

The first single I ever released as Ann King was called ‘Heading’ and it felt like such a relieve when it had finally been released. I had released several songs under a different name (ANEMARY) at that point but they never felt really true to who I was and where I wanted to be ‘heading’ as an artist so releasing ‘Heading’ as my first single as Ann King really felt like a stepping stone into a new season of my life.

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

My favorite song I have written so far is probably ILY, which was on my debut EP Fake Flowers. It felt like such a vulnerable and raw song to release but seeing other people resonating with it as well and feeling their own story of heartbreak through it felt very fulfilling.

Your favourite song to play live:

My favorite song to play live is Shiver, which was on my second EP Fiercely.

The song that was the longest to write and why?

The song that took the longest to write was actually my most recent single ‘It comes and goes’. I wrote the chorus sitting on my bedroom floor but I didn’t think too much of it until I played to my roommate Rachman about a week later and he really resonated with it. Since he is a songwriter too, we then wrote the first verse together. It took me a while to figure out where I wanted to song to go so about a month later I wrote the second verse and then it took another couple of weeks until me and Rachman wrote the bridge because I simply hadn’t found the words to describe what I was feeling yet but eventually I feel like it really told the story that I wanted to tell.

Your most emotional track:

My song ILY would have to be my most emotional track so far.

The best lyric you have ever written:

I feel like the best lyric I have ever written is actually in one of my unreleased songs, so I can’t tell you that one yet. However, I feel like the bridge of ‘It comes and goes’ is a close second since I reference my favorite movies and songs from when I was a kid in there (Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and Somewhere over the rainbow)

‘But I’ve heard that the bluebird sings somewhere upon a hill
Where the sound of music rings and the rainbow rises still’

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

I always feel nervous but in a good way. Like something really exciting is about to happen and you can’t wait to experience it.

The hardest track to play live:

My song ‘Stronger’, vocally it’s a real challenge to keep up with it.

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

My diary, I’ve been keeping one since I was like 8 years old, secondly my guitar, ‘cause I get really inspired on the road and then probably my water bottle, since drinking enough water is really important for your vocal health.

Describe your fans in three words:

Kind, inspiring, creative.

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

My best days by Alessia Cara

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

I am currently in the studio recording my 3rd EP from which another single will be released this fall.

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