Anni Piper began playing electric guitar at 12 years old, but became a devoted musician when she was given her first bass at age 14. She quickly discovered an affinity with the instrument, preferring to lay down a groove rather than scream out a solo. Anni’s musical ability and strong focus led her to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Contemporary Music) at Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW at only 19 years of age.
Anni remembers with clarity the first time she heard the blues back in her school days (“It was Paul Butterfield Blues Band playing ‘Born in Chicago’ – I knew straight away this was the direction I was heading.” she says).
Early 2004 Anni made the decision to record her debut CD ‘Jailbait’. The album was an immediate success, winning the category of ‘Best New Talent’ at the 2005 Australian Blues Music Awards and a finalist for ‘Best Female Vocal’. Anni also achieved first place in the 2004 ABC Radio ‘Fresh Air’ competition.
These weren’t the only accolades for ‘Jailbait’ and Anni went on to become a top 5 finalist in the blues category of the 2004 MusicOz competition, and achieved 2nd place in the blues category of the 2005 Australian National Songwriting Contest.
Anni’s latest album ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’ was recorded in early 2007. It is a much ‘rawer’ recording, and represents Anni’s live sound more effectively than her first album. As well as being an accomplished bass player and singer, Anni has blossomed into a songwriter of distinction, her songs having a blues sensibility whilst still addressing the issues of today.
Recent achievements include becoming a finalist in the 2009 APRA Professional Development Awards. Anni was also a finalist for ‘Best Female Vocal’ at the 2008 Australian Blues Music (Chain) Awards and received a nomination for the ‘Rudy Brandsma’ award at the 2007 Australian National Songwriting Contest.
Her recordings have received extensive airplay on Triple J’s “Roots ‘n All” program, ABC Radio National and community stations around Australia. Her songs are broadcast on radio programs in the USA, Canada, U.K., Europe and South America.
“Piper has the kind of voice that lulls men to their doom. It’s soft and sweet when it wants to be, scared and vulnerable a moment later, then ripping through you like a razor… Piper commands songs utterly” – Jeremy Loome, The Edmondton Sun, Canada
“Anni Piper gives the listener a royal flush in spades with this CD. All I can say is ‘deal me in’. The playing is superb… Texas Hold ‘Em is a thoroughly enjoyable listen” – ‘Sticks’ Randall Ierna, Ranluron Music, BMI (USA)
“She’s done it again. This lady was born to sing the blues! Another great CD.” – ‘Canadian’ Cath Ford, 4CRM Radio, President of the Sugar City Blues Club
Chasin’ Tail (2010)
Texas Hold ’em (2007)