Anny Celsi

Anny Celsi

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

"...a beatnik-cool performer who veers from poppy, bouncy beats to jazzy piano bar riffs and sexy come-ons…sensitive but no wimp and a fellow traveler to Aimee Mann and Sheryl Crow. The “pop-noir” soundtrack of her solo debut, "Little Black Dress," wears a veneer of L.A. Confidential style."

Biography

Nominated for an LA Weekly Award: Best Pop/Rock Songwriter, 2004 -- Anny Celsi grew up on the steel-grey, rain-soaked streets of Portland, Oregon. After moving into the harsh daylight of Los Angeles, she spent the last years of the 20th century playing with various bands around town before focusing on a solo effort. Teaming up with producers Marvin Etzioni and Kevin Jarvis, she fashioned a collection of musical tales combining the intrigue and mystery of dime-novel culture with the classic pop elements of hook, line and melody. The resulting CD, Little Black Dress & Other Stories, has been described by reviewers as “black and white 50’s film-noir in color,” “Hit material folk pop,” and “An ultra-cool, ultra-hip album that is one of the best new releases I've heard in a long time.” Her songs have been recorded by alt-country artists Grey DeLisle and Claudia Russell, and one of her songs was included on Chapter One: Songs Inspired by Literature, a compilation CD to benefit adult literacy programs, along with Suzanne Vega, Aimee Mann and Bruce Springsteen.

Anny has opened shows for artists such as Steve Forbert, Tish Hinojosa, Peter Mulvey, Amy Rigby, Randy Weeks, Duane Jarvis and Markus Rill.

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Lyrics

The Night She Learned to Drive

Written By: Anny Celsi

Wake up Jonah, it’s Arizona
Miles of blackness, lightning frozen
I’ve been driving, you’ve been dreaming
Drums are playing on the radio

Take this night with you -- Keep this picture in your mind
Cause this lightning can’t compare to the storm we left behind

Wake up Jonah, cause we’re leaving
Don’t wake Daddy, he’s still sleeping
Bring the dog in, it might start raining
No, you can’t take him -- I can’t feed him too

Take this night with you, cause right now it’s all I know
I can only see as far as where the headlights hit the road
Someday you’ll know why you saw your mama cry
Under Arizona skies on the night she learned to drive

Wake up Jonah, it’s California
Sun is rising, the storm is over
Turn the radio on, check the weather
We’ll learn to read this map together now

Take this night with you, take the lightning and the drums
Cause this road ain’t near as rough as the one that’s yet to come
Someday you’ll know why you saw your mama cry
Under Arizona skies

Take this night with you -- Keep this picture in your mind
Cause this lightning can’t compare to the storm we left behind
Someday you’ll know why you saw your mama cry
Under Arizona skies on the night she learned to drive

Discography

CDs released:
"Tangle-Free World" - September, 2007
"Little Black Dress & Other Stories" - 2003
"She Walks In" - 1996

Compilations:
Songs Inspired by Literature - Vol. I
Rock Mama Compilation

Set List

Sets are mostly originals, can range from 10 minutes to an hour or so, can do up to two.

Anny has performed both with and without a band at International Pop Overthrow (five LA appearances) SxSW, NxNW, Blue Highways Festival (Holland), LMNOP (New Orleans), The Bite of Oregon, Arroyofest (LA) and Groovefest (Utah). Venues include McCabes, Club Lingerie, Cinema Bar (LA), Lizard Lounge (Boston), Baggott Inn (NYC), Cactus Cafe (Austin) and the Slaughtered Lamb (London).

US tours have included cities in the Pacific NW, Eastern Seaboard, Texas, NM and Arizona, and she recently skipped the pond for a tour of the UK in tandem with German Americana artist Markus Rill.