Inspired by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Nat King Cole and Nora Jones, Atlanta native Anna Field is a Singer-Songwriter on a mission to spread hope solidarity with her music
Although Anna’s musical journey began at a young age, influenced by her mother’s love for the arts, it wasn’t until 2012 that the singer plucked up the courage to pursue music as a career, upon realising she needed an outlet for her feelings.
After releasing a small collection of songs via SoundCloud, including “Pretty View,” and Being in a national commercial for her song “Go”, Anna is now ready to leave her imprint on the industry.
The singer spoke to IndustryMe about her new single “Roses” and the journey to discovering her sound.
Walk me through the moment you first realised music was something you wanted to pursue. My friends invited me over to be a vocalist on their song.
I was maybe 20 at the time and I just remember recording in a home studio in someone’s closet. The camaraderie of it all, the creativity and getting to listen to my voice for the first time let me know. And the fact that it wasn’t glamorous at all but the amount of joy I felt also let me know.
After your so far sounds show you took some time to focus on music theory, how’s that been going so far?
I’m beginning to put the pieces together when It comes to theory. I picked up the piano and finally got some lessons literally yesterday and it’s easier to understand theory on the piano, I think. Just because of the setup being pretty straightforward vs. the intricate setup of guitar. I’m no scholar yet but my understanding is getting to a good place.
On your song ‘Roses’ you allude you talk about your imperfections and wanting to be better, what does better look like for you?
Better for me would just be the refinement of my habits. To stop making such a fuss about meditation and practicing guitar and piano on the days I just don’t feel like it. I have the desire to feel a certain way when I walk into rooms, to feel completely grounded and settled into my highest self always.
You’re a black woman from Atlanta who sings R&B infused folk. With so many facets to you as person how do you narrow down your influences to find your sound?
I’m not really sure how to answer that I just write what I feel that day as far as finding a sound. It just comes from the heart & it’s what I want to convey from wherever I am.
Why do you sing?
I sing to understand myself, the world, other people, and experiences better and to express all of my feels.
If you were on an island and only had enough data left to stream one last album, which album would you pick?
Wow that’s really hard… maybe reprieve by Ani Defranco if I’m feeling introspective… maybe Malibu by Anderson Paak if I’m feeling angsty/ sassy about the situation…
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you while working on a song?
I mean I usually write in my room so I’ve definitely been writing and spilled food or a drink on myself, my bed, or my paper lol.
Do you follow a formula when you write?
I usually do melodies first, then I try to find the words within the melodies.
Are there any artists from the UK you’re listening to right now?
King Krule, Lianne La Havas & Tom Misch …
Finally, what are you currently working on?
[I’m] Currently working on a EP …[which will be] maybe 6 songs (smiles)