A blend of Neo-Soul, R&B, and Pop… is how Korean-American singer Annalé best describes her music. Currently based in LA, Annalé was born in New York, raised in South Korea and New Jersey, she has been exposed to many different cultures and experiences that reflect her sound. “I love music that I can feel and am pretty eclectic when it comes to the types of music I love”, shares the 23-year-old. “When I discovered artist like Lalah Hathaway, Erykah Badu, Floetry, India Arie, Norah Jones, Adele, Sadè, Jill Scott, Brian McKnight, Mint Condition, Musiq Soulchild and Lauryn Hill, I felt something almost visceral. Their music, melodies, move and inspire me.”
Barely able to reach the pedals, Annalé started playing her first instrument, the piano, at the age of 4 under the guidance of her parents who are also musicians. Her father is an active orchestral conductor/composer in South Korea and her mother is an organist. They discovered her vocal talent during middle school.
With both classical training and an ear for melody and strong structure, she auditioned for Berklee College of Music and was selected as one of the seven Presidential Scholars receiving a full 5-year scholarship to the prestigious school. “At Berklee, I majored in Contemporary Writing & Production and Vocal Performance and was constantly surrounded by amazing musicians from all over the world; it helped to sharpen my musical skills and performing with my band helps keep me fluid and improvisational.”
With her forthcoming debut coming soon and the single “Roses” quietly rising on Billboard’s Urban Adult Contemporary Charts, Annalé is positioning herself to musically and culturally reach a global audience. While some may be amazed that this voice comes from an unlikely source, Annalé and those who follow her aren’t too surprised at all. “People who really love music don’t care how it’s packaged or presented, they want to know if you can sing, if you can move them. That’s why I create music, not to follow the culture norms, but to re-imagine them,” says the soulful siren. Check out her video for “Roses.”