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Annabelle's first gig was with the Canadian Opera Company when she was seven. She got her start in music singing with the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus and performing on television specials with Anne Murray and Tommy Hunter . She played violin with her dad and joined in on her mother's repertoire of Canadian folk songs. At 14 she started dabbling in audio production and multitrack composition with a four track tape recorder and a house full of musical instruments and objects to make noise with. At 16 she began writing and performing songs accompanied by guitar. She moved to Montréal in 1995 to study Interdisciplinary Fine Arts at Concordia University, and in 1997 released her first recording, 1am to 5am. She launched her singer-songwriter career there with opening sets for Dar Williams, Penny Lang, Veda Hille, Kinnie Starr and Tegan and Sara, and started touring Canada sharing the stage with Rae Spoon, Po' Girl, Bob Snider and many more. Since joining The Wailin' Jennys in November 2004, she's toured throughout North America, the UK and Australia, including the 2006 Edmonton Folk Music Festival, featuring a surprise mainstage set with Bruce Cockburn. There were multiple appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, including a PBS broadcast on Great Performances, live at Tanglewood alongside Garrison Keillor and Meryl Streep, and a recent collaboration with Keillor and Bonnie Raitt.
Annabelle's thirst for new horizons has led her to undertake numerous collaborative projects in music, dance and new media. She has created songs in collaboration with the bands Millipede and Lake Of Stew, and with electro-aoustic producer Ned Bouhalassa. Her multi-disciplinary performance in 2004 with Anna Friz, The Automated Prayer Machine, toured Europe and Canada. She has produced soundscores for choreographers in Montréal and New York, including five works for choreographer Aviva Geismar/Drastic Action.
Annabelle self-produced her first full length CD Full Stop in 2000, which won wide attention, including a number 7 spot on the national campus radio charts. She was a finalist the CBC big break awards, and released Water in 2003 with support from the Canada Council. In 2005 she created a stripped down solo EP called Burned My Ass which won wide attention, hit #1 in the roots category on the national campus radio charts, and helped land her a job with Juno-winning folk/roots harmony trio The Wailin' Jennys, with whom she sang alto and played guitar, mandolin and violin. The songs she contributed to the band's repertoire include "The Devil's Paintbrush Road", "Swallow", "Apocalypse Lullaby", and "Firecracker", all of which appear on the the Wailin' Jennys' June 2006 release, Firecracker, produced by David Travers-Smith. She left the Jennys in 2007 to return to composition and solo performance.
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