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The Sidleys

Bethesda, Maryland, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Bethesda, Maryland, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Band Rock Funk




"The Sidleys – ‘The Love You Make’"

Full of vitality and color is the funky psychedelic rock stylings of the Sidleys’ “The Love You Make”. Passionate to its very core the way the songs unfold gives them a majestic tenor. Vocals lead the way and dominate the rest of the proceedings. Everything simply works and the multiple layers collide in a glorious display. Melodies are infectious and the grooves so inviting. Instrumentally rich the songs are a virtual kaleidoscope of textures as the Sidleys rush through them with the utmost of joy.

After the short “Intro” things truly get started on the classic quality of “You and I”. Vocals possess so much energy as the song drives forward with so much heat. Nearly bluesy in temperament is the glistening keyboard work of “If This Is Goodbye”. By far the highlight of the album is the long-lost am sound of “The Love You Make” whose beauty is akin to that of a gentle summer breeze. Stripping things down to the essentials is the luscious lovely tones of “Break Me Down” whose defiance sounds so decadent. Tapping into a delirious 70s airy jazz-funk hybrids is the blissful “Angeline”. Delving into a western twang is the narrative journey of “Birds, Already Flown”. Ending things on a giddy note is the electro whirs of “Happy Hour”.

With such a wide array of stylistic twists and turns, the Sidleys make a thoughtful, perfectly playful kind of pop with the undeniably soothing “The Love You Make”.

By – - Skope Magazine

"“The Sidleys – It’s A Family Affair”"

A musical couple takes a chance and adds their kids to the band, with exceptional results.

By Steve Houk

Annie and Steve Sidley had a choice.

The two already accomplished DC-area musicians could have kept going the way they were going, doing well-received solo projects on their own and collaborating on each other’s records, all while using various musicians they know to fill in the gaps. A soulmate duo plugging away to see if they can find that elusive golden road forward in an ever-challenging business.

Sure, they could have chose to stay that course, keep it just the two of them.

But why do that, when you have three talented, energetic musicians you can add into the mix hanging out right in your own home.

Welcome to the band, Sean (21), Colin (19) and Ian (18) Sidley.

That’s right, recently The Sidleys times two officially became The Sidleys times five, and the results shine brilliantly not only at their frequent live performances, but most glowingly, on their superb latest record, The Love You Make, a title that fits this family to a tee. - Talk Planet Radio

"The Sidleys Bittersweet CD Review"

Bittersweet is a timeless bit of alternative pop that contains some alluring instrumental arrangements and catchy vocals. While the initial track on Bittersweet is easy on the ears, Burning is a track that is sultry and soulful. The inclusion of funk and soul into the mix will appease fans of Pink and Christina Aguilera. Play It Down is a very dynamic track that has The SIdleys continue to speed up until the chorus. With on-point guitars to highlight Annie’s vocals, the track is able to keep the album’s momentum high well into the next section. After a brief instrumental interlude (The Last Reprise, Pt. 1), the band sets out on a bold new direction. The slower stylings of Nothing Else Remains twinkle as evidence that The Sidleys can shift and change their output during Bittersweet while still adhering to the same high quality that began the album.

Tin Flowers is one of the most interesting tracks on this release, as the instrumentation is set up at a level comparable to Annie’s vocals. With this shift in dominance, what results in Tin Flowers is something special – Annie’s vocals do double duty here as the narrative and the supporting element. Bittersweet ends with Diamond in the Snow, a sedate track that elicits memories of sitting around a heated house after a heavy snowstorm. The production here infuses the track with a familiarity that makes this a delightful end to Bittersweet. Visit their website today for more information about the act, and for tour dates through the rest of the fall.

Top Tracks: Great Unknown, Nothing Else Remains

Rating: 9.0/10 - NeuFutur

"Diamond in the Sand - Artist: Annie Sidley"

Title: Diamond in the Sand • Artist: Annie Sidley • Label: My Money Records • Website:

by Jay Levy

An incredible experience, Diamond in the Sand is best described as "awesome". Annie Sidley’s voice is amazing and the band rocks in its soulful and sometimes pop-like funky, R&B sound. Annie, however, is the true diamond of this album. Her vocals are incredible, captivating the audience with her amazing range and variation. Listening to her sing, one can imagine an emotional performance, even if only to the microphone in a studio. Power and strength exude from her voice—this woman has done her homework when it comes to pitch, range and attitude.

Produced, recorded and mixed by Annie and her husband, Steve Sidley, this album is abound with the themes of finding true love, coming to terms with the past, and the possibility of atonement in the future. Diamond in the Sand was mixed by Doug Derryberry at Chiller Sound in NYC, and was mastered by Bill Wolf at Wolf Productions in Arlington, VA. In addition, all lyrics and music were written by the couple—the pain and joy as the inspiration for this fantastic album is quite clear. The music for Moments Breath,( track nine), however, was a collaboration between the Sidleys and David Moore.

Must-hear recommendations from the album (as well as personal favorites) are tracks eight, nine, and twelve—I Wait, Moments Breath, and Marrakesh.

I Wait has a funky attitude. Where other songs convey negative emotions like jealousy (the title to track four) this song brings forth thoughts of insecurity and the strength to overcome that personal obstacle. The song has a self-digging attitude; it explores the universal soul of the artist—one filled with self doubt and insecurity concerning here and now. The last verse brings that to a close, ending honestly and hopefully. The vocal style changes, reminiscent of an inner monologue bringing the pained artist a message of hope, "Music is my life you can’t take that away/ My own truth in the words I breath and I say/ My life my love my own special liberty/ No one can visualize your reality/ No no no no one sees what you see." The song ends slowly into a fade out of the last verse—she is reassuring herself, a mantra of hope and security in a world of pain and doubt.

Moments Breath is the shortest song on the album, but perhaps the most powerful. Unlike all the others, it showcases true artistic quality to the generation of music. In Moments Breath Annie opens up to the audience and shows a piece of her soul—this is a spoken poem accompanied by music. Jarring the soul, the simple yet emotional images ring true of the spiritual quest to art and inspiration. This song/poem begins with an intro of breath, soft guitar, and the name of the song. Soon the dreamy music and background vocals capture the audience and draw them into the emotionality of the artist. It’s dreamy and powerful; this song brings artistic inspiration to form almost draws a tear.

Track 12, Marrakesh, only has two spoken lines repeated throughout the song, "Take me back with you where I once belonged/ Take me back with you for I’ve been so long." Right from the beginning, it has a joyful, fantastical, almost electronic rhythm designed to take the listener on a journey of sound. The words, carefully chosen, exude a quality of history and love. It’s the ending, however, that is quite abrupt and unexpected. The song’s mystical, musical journey crescendoes, but simply ends, leaving the listener to wonder what has just happened. It’s almost a dull explosion. Is there a catastrophe? Is there a true ending? They leave the listener confused and mystified as to what they just heard.

The band is not to be forgotten, however, for they provide a lively, funky, backbeat to Annie and make this album an instant classic to anyone’s collection. Diamond in the Sand has sounds for all tastes; everyone who listens will instantly find a tack that latches onto their soul and won’t let it go. Don’t let this album go, check it out!


"Washington Post Review of Diamond in the Sand"

IT DOESN'T take long for singer Annie Sidley to deliver the goods on her new CD, "Diamond in the Sand." Stirring vocals rooted in soul and gospel power the opening track, "Keepin' It Strong," with its themes of unity and affirmation, and spill over into the rest of the album, charging it with strong emotional and spiritual currents. "I'm holding onto faith," a line from the album's title song, pretty much sums up the prevailing mood.

Even so, Sidley often turns in her most affecting performances when she appears to be holding on for dear life. That's certainly the case on the back-to-back tracks "What Are We Fighting 4?" and "Bitter River." The latter, a mournfully yearning piano ballad, quietly stands out, displaying both the power and beauty of Sidley's voice. Other cuts, including the hypnotic coda "Marrakesh," reveal cross-cultural influences, but because Sidley's strong R&B ties are always evident, she seldom sounds as if she's drifting too far from shore.

Her husband, Steve Sidley, plays almost all the instruments here, though some of the colorfully orchestrated arrangements, particularly the one he tailored for "I Wait," cleverly conceal his multitasking. With the help of producer Doug Derryberry, he has fashioned a welcome sonic upgrade.

-- Mike Joyce

- Washington Post

"Washington Post Review of History"

While there's no mistaking her vocal power and range, Sidley is clearly more interested in creating moods than scoring points. In an era when pop vocalists routinely splinter lyrics into shrill microsyllabic bits, this is refreshing to say the least, and it accounts for why "History" unfolds with considerable ease and charm.

Soul music, the vintage or contemporary kind, is Sidley's forte. She's featured here in a series of cozy settings, performing songs in which she sounds alternately comforting (Come to Me), heartbroken (I Believe), smitten (Mad Love), troubled (World Gone Crazy). She wrote or co-wrote - mostly with her husband, Steve Sidley - all of the songs, and they showcase they beauty and reach of her soprano without devolving into silly and flamboyant exercises. Still, it would be nice to hear these lean, funk-flavored arrangements augmented by a more expansive and textured sound. Sidley's vocal gifts, after all, easily merit the additional expense. (Mike Joyce, Sept. 15, 2001)
- Mike Joyce

"Annie Sidley Play Reston Lake"

Calling from New York City, just days after playing to a packed house at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, singer Annie Sidley is still buzzing with excitement.

"It was always my dream", the Maryland-based powerhouse says, "to play Kennedy Center." There's a slight pause. "Although right now I'm looking at Carnegie Hall..." Then she laughs, "It doesn't hurt to dream big."

Don't underestimate her. The Annie Sidley Band is having a very good year. Earlier this summer, the group played for a record crowd at Safeway's National Capital BBQ Battle and shared the stage with rock-and-roll legend Joan Jett.

That crowd was tens of thousands deep, but you'll be able to get up close and personal with this delightful diva when she and her band play at the lovely Lake Anne Village Center in Reston on Sunday evening.

Soulful and funky, with an impressive voice and high-energy stage presence, Sidley has been compared with such major talents as Aretha Franklin and Chaka Kahn. Nominated twice (in 1993 and 1995) for Best R&B Vocalist and Best Song by the Washington Area Music Association, the former student of opera is also an accomplished writer, sharing compositional duties with her husband, Steve. He's the musical director, co-producer and co-writer of the original tunes on the most recent Annie Sidley CD, "History." He also plays bass in her current live group.

With her five-piece outfit - also featuring Buddy Spear on guitar, Earl Ivey on drums, Scott Paddock on sax and David Sobel on keyboards - Sidley's dynamic shows generally offer tracks from her two CD's ("Other Side of the Sun" was her debut), some rhythm and blues, funk, ballads and oldies.

You can get a taste with MP3 samples available through her Website,

This is a great opportunity to catch a local heroine on the verge of big things. The band has clocked extensive road hours from New York to Louisiana, opening for national acts such as War, Chuck Brown and Kenny Wayne Sheppherd.

Sidley's most recent single, "World Gone Crazy," has charted on many Internet outlets, and she's about to launch a radio campaign to bolster East Coast radio airplay. A club remix of "Mad Love" is in the works and a new tune, "Diamond in the Sand," is due this winter.

A bigger label deal would appear to be the next step. See her now and say "I told you so" later. - Marianne Meyer


The Sidleys:

Bittersweet 2013

The Love You Make 2017



Annie & Steve Sidley are joined by some of the DC area's most gifted musicians, including their own sons Sean, Colin and Ian Sidley.  The Sidleys write classic songs and they shine together with powerful voices and dazzling musicianship, performing their one of a kind, electrifying blend of melodic and soulful music.  They played the July 4th Celebration in Carrboro, NC, Fayetteville Dogwood Fest, The Barns of Wolftrap, The Fillmore, The Hamilton Live and 100's of festivals, concerts halls and concert series in the mid-Atlantic region.
Our current album THE LOVE YOU MAKE has been getting play on radio stations all over the world and The Sidleys have been featured on channel 4 NBC News DC and tv and radio stations as well. One of our singles "You and I" was just voted "SONG OF THE SUMMER" on Music Alley Radio 96.7 FM, Music Planet Radio and Jango Radio. 

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