Annie Haslam

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Annie Haslam
Anniehaslam-july2010reduced.jpg
Annie Haslam performing with Renaissance at Ottawa Bluesfest, July 2010
Background information
Birth nameAnn Haslam
Born(1947-06-08) 8 June 1947 (age 66)
OriginBolton, Lancashire, England
GenresProgressive rock, Pop, Folk
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, painter
Years active1971–present
LabelsWhite Dove
Sire Records
Warner Bros. Records
Weinerworld
Epic Records
Virgin Records (Japan)
Voiceprint Records
Transatlantic Records
Associated actsRenaissance, Nevada
WebsiteAnnieHaslam.com
 
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Annie Haslam
Anniehaslam-july2010reduced.jpg
Annie Haslam performing with Renaissance at Ottawa Bluesfest, July 2010
Background information
Birth nameAnn Haslam
Born(1947-06-08) 8 June 1947 (age 66)
OriginBolton, Lancashire, England
GenresProgressive rock, Pop, Folk
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, painter
Years active1971–present
LabelsWhite Dove
Sire Records
Warner Bros. Records
Weinerworld
Epic Records
Virgin Records (Japan)
Voiceprint Records
Transatlantic Records
Associated actsRenaissance, Nevada
WebsiteAnnieHaslam.com

Annie Haslam (born 8 June 1947, Bolton, Lancashire, England) is an English progressive rock vocalist, songwriter, and painter.

Originally a fashion student, she began studying under opera singer Sybil Knight in 1970. In February 1971, she became the new lead singer of Renaissance, after answering an advertisement in the British periodical Melody Maker, and auditioning for the band in Surrey.[1] Charles Snider stated "Annie Haslam's voice, soaring high along with the melody, is the big news. Far more West End than Carnaby Street, it would come to define the band."[2]

In 1977, she began her solo career with her album Annie in Wonderland, produced by Roy Wood who played most of the musical instruments, and who also duetted with her on one track, and also performed on the Intergalactic Touring Band album. Haslam and Wood were engaged to be married for four years, which she later described as "Four of the funniest years of my life".[3] She has since released eight studio albums, three of which were released through her own record label, White Dove. She has also collaborated with Steve Howe on a number of projects.

In 1993 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which she survived and which became the inspiration for her 1994 album, Blessing in Disguise.[4]

Her 2006 Live Studio Concert, was also released as her first solo DVD. Haslam released an EP called Night and Day, her first solo recording for some years, with Welsh rock band Magenta in 2006.

Haslam currently resides in Central Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Solo discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 223. CN 5585. 
  2. ^ Snider,Charles (2007). The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock (1st ed.). Chicago: Strawberry Bricks. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-6151-7566-9
  3. ^ "Annie Haslam Interview by Martin Kinch". cherryblossomclinic.110mb.com. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Yahoo! Music Biography of Annie Haslam webpage

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