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ANNIE DINERMAN: *BIOGRAPHY

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ANNIE DINERMAN is an award-winning, Singer-Songwriter with a funny, frank and definitely female point of view. She writes Soul and Old School R&B with a contemporary touch, and Environmental Music for young people.  Annie walks in the footsteps of storytelling artists like Paul Simon and Wendy Waldman. Annie's singing voice will remind you of a young Carole King, but her warm, witty and womanly writer’s voice is distinctly Dinerman.

Annie first found a large and loyal following for her original songs as a student at Bowling Green State University, and next in Southwest Ohio coffeehouses. The only native Ohioan in a family of transplanted New Yorkers, she heard the artist’s call and moved to New York to concentrate on songwriting.  There are over 30 recordings of her songs by other artists, including movie actor Jessie Eisenberg ("The Social Network", "The Squid and the Whale"), Kathie Lee Gifford ("Today Show", NBC-TV), TV and film actress Cybill Shepherd, and Eden Reigel (star of "All My Children" on ABC-TV).

In August of 2012, Target Corporation awarded an Arts + Culture Grant to Friends of High School for Environmental Studies in  Manhattan, to bring Annie and Rex's Garbage Percussion Workshop to music classes.

In June of 2006, Annie received the Abe Olman Award from Songwriters Hall of Fame, and made her debut at the Kerrville Folk Festival as a songwriting contest finalist. She made her debut at the historic Caffe Lena (Saratoga, NY) in 2007, and that same year was presented in the DJ Invitational Showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. In 2008, Annie performed at Dance Flurry Festival (Saratoga, NY) and Cape May Singer Songwriter Festival (Cape May, NJ). Annie returned to sing at Dance Flurry and was selected to showcase at 2009 Cape May, while her song, "My Ex-Boyfriend," was chosen for the 2009 Cape May compilation CD. For details on Annie’s upcoming performances, CLICK SHOWS at right or sign up for Annie's email list for all the latest news (see link above).

Annie Dinerman’s song “Child In Me Again” was recorded by Kathie Lee Gifford on her “Born For You” CD (2000), which hit three Billboard charts: #1 on Heatseekers, #6 on Top Contemporary Christian, and #139 on Top 200. Her affiliations include: ASCAP, NARAS (voting member), SHOF, OCFF, Roots Music Association, Lifetime member of Madison Who's Who


"I write because I am a singer-songwriter. If the category didn't already exist, I would have to create it for myself, because that's where I fit in.  I write Modern Acoustic Pop and Old School R&B.  I have things to say and I aim to say them in my own open-handed way. And when I have said them, I hope to see you smiling and satisfied at heart.

Some of my songs are funny and danceable; some are ardent or tender or reflective. It's always surprised me a little that so many people across the U.S., in England and Australia want to record and perform these songs that feel so very particular to me. But the more personal my writing becomes, the more people share my point of view, and that is deeply gratifying."


My birthday: October 29 (Scorpio, Leo rising: good for show business--and a mane like a lioness!)

A few of my faves: antique buttons and old lace on new clothing; 1930's movies with the shots beautifully lit and composed in black and white; lamb chops braised in Irish hard cider; making ice cream; flea markets; cookbooks, old and new; Polish Jewish men with their blue eyes like the swimming pool at the JCC; Greek and Macedonian Halvah (sorry, Joyva); my extensive collection of antique "Please Write" postcards

I am knocked out by:  the side musicians on Reba McEntire's newest CD, "Keep On Loving You"; "Running For The Drum,” Buffy Saint-Marie's first CD in 13 years, with DVD documentary about her life and career; Judy Collins's courageous autobiography, "Singing Lessons"; Wendy Waldman's music, "'cause you know that singing is believing"; "Sinatra With Sextet in Paris" (live recording); The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" CDs (both studio and live versions); Great Big Sea, THE manly, broadshouldered Canadian Trad/Rock band

My guitars:  CF Martin 000C-16RGTE Aura (spruce top, East Indian rosewood back and sides) (2010); CF Martin 0028C handmade classical (spruce top, rosewood back and sides) (1972); CF Martin 0016NY "New Yorker" model, handmade steel string (spruce front, rosewood back and sides) (1969); CF Martin rosewood ukelele (pre-WWII) (As you can guess, I'm very brand-loyal!)

I first played a stringed instrument when: My dad brought home an old Stadium ukelele and a book of songs made famous by May Singhi Breen, the Hawaiian Ukelele Queen. I picked up the uke and taught myself to play. I was six years old.

The song that made me want to be a songwriter: "Lazy" by Irving Berlin

Where I belong:  behind a guitar; near an ice cream machine or a shelf of cookbooks; paging through a rhyming dictionary; bidding for antique Please Write postcards on eBay; at a great house concert with people who love to listen to lyrics.

 


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