Pure Indie Soul
Ann Vriend is best known for her soaring, evocative, Aretha Franklin-esque vocals as well as her abilities as a songwriter, both lyrically and melodically. And she’s got some serious piano skills, too. With a compelling combination of defiant resilience and heartfelt vulnerability, she delivers her unique brand of gritty, inner-city soul – and sometimes quite the funky old-school dance party.
In the past 18 months AV has performed in Canada, Japan, Australia, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands. On her upcoming album release tour in Germany AV will tour as a trio with Hammond organ player Doug Organ (yes, that’s his real name!) and soul background singer Fendercase, who will also play some percussion. Together they will provide an intimate, acoustic, keyboard-driven version of AV’s soul and gospel-flavored material. Known for her disarming personal rapport with her audience, and a great deal of well-received self-depreciating Canadian-style humour (usually including tour mishap stories and mini disasters attempting to use the German language) AV has made her living playing live to small audiences, and has the ability to simultaneously seem like the “girl next door” while leaving people’s jaws on the floor with her vocal prowess, musicianship, and emotionally charged concerts.
Often compared to her vocal heroine, Aretha Franklin, Ann Vriend also kills it live, having sold 18,000 albums off the stage independently. Critically acclaimed as a songwriter and performer, she is also known for assembling a live band that is the admiration of all “musician’s musicians.” She’s an award-winning performer AND songwriter, having won the “She’s The One” performance contest at the Ottawa Bluesfest, as well as the 2017 Cobalt Music Prize at the Maple Blues Awards for her gospel style ballad “All That I Can,” to name just a few accolades.
Her latest EP entitled Flame was released in May 2019.