Interview by Carol Wright | Photographer: Sherry Kocienski
We got to chat with singer/songwriter Annie Scherer about her new single “Take Me Places” and if she could see herself creating film scores in the future.
Has performing always been an interest of yours?
Yes! I started performing classical piano when I was 7, and continued for 12 years. I began gigging and performing original music at age 11, after teaching myself guitar.
Who are some of your music inspirations?
I adore The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and other classics who I grew up listening to. I also love Lana Del Rey, Nirvana, Amy Winehouse, and Lorde. They’re all brilliant songwriters.
Tell us about “Take Me Places.” What inspired the lyrics?
“Take Me Places” was written over a three year period. I constructed the melody of the verse and pre chorus in high school, but I wasn’t happy with the chorus I had at the time. I came back to it a couple years later and finished it. The song was originally produced by me and completed by David Finch, who also recorded the beats. I performed the trumpet on the bridge, an instrument I hadn’t played for five years. The lyrics are about seeking new opportunities and meeting new people. I had to recall my emotions from that period in my life when I was experiencing a lot of firsts.
You have a passion for composing music. Could you ever see yourself working on score for television or movies in the future?
Aside from making music, I’ve always had a passion for filmmaking so it’s funny you should mention that. I’ve actually considered composing film scores at a later point in my life. It’s something I might do once I feel satisfied and retire from my artist career. A lot of melodies come to me for that sort of thing.
You won Producer’s Choice for the national ‘Celebration of Music’ PBS Special. How did it feel to be recognized by professionals in the industry in this way?
I won it with my performance of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” by Carole King, in the style of Amy Winehouse’s version. That was a huge moment for me. Having the approval of industry professionals is really reassuring and surreal. It was exhilarating and it’s pushed me even harder. When they flew me out to LA, I performed “Andy Warhol.” The taping is scheduled to air this year.
What advice do you have for aspiring singers?
Keep working hard and don’t give up! Determination and diligence pay off. It’s a very scary journey, but it’s part of the thrill.