POWERFUL, ORIGINAL, SOULFUL, AND UNIQUE
Annemarie Picerno is a Grammy member, Americana Music Association member, and Indie Collaborative Artist. She is a Josie Music Award Winner for her hit song "Bonfire" along with being presented in 2019 and 2020 The Gran Royale Music Award, Holland Red Carpet 2020 Female Entertainer of Year, and a 2019 LDM Radio Music Award. She was awarded Best Music Video Concept and Grand Jury Prize Gold Best Music Video at the 2021 Los Angeles Motion Picture Festival for her music video "Color Blind", as well as Best Music Video for 2021 The Global Non Violent Film Festival, She has performed in theater, bands in every musical genre, comedy shows, film, radio and television and is a popular radio host on several specialty featured radio stations. Her music videos are seen by millions on Bongo Boy TV and also on Rebel TV Productions , Roku and Apple Tv channels. Select releases of her hit songs can be found on the popular Bongo Boy Records albums. She has topped numerous Top 40 indie radio charts with her powerful voice and harmonies in country, rock, pop, blues, and American Roots. For her latest single, "JUST BE KIND," Annemarie Picerno teamed up with renowned Nashville producer Bob McGilpin who has produced 15 of Annemarie's radio releases. Her music video COLOR BLIND released to television to much acclaim for her powerful message relayed in various characters portrayed and stunning visuals. Bob McGilpin's first release was 1978's "Superstar" on Butterfly records which became a Billboard hit along with "Sexy Thing" and "When You Feel Love." He had multiple major label record deals with Casablanca, RCA, and Butterfly/MCA and landed three #1 hits on the coveted Billboard Dance Charts. Bob McGilpin has also produced Annemarie's latest original, I Thank God For This Moment - Annemarie Picerno feat. Matt Barfield which is a powerful country gospel duet about finding life long love, currently heating up radio and Bob and Annemarie also have a dance soulful duet SET ME ON FIRE on radio. Annemarie also performs live in Nashville, as well as showcases and events during Grammy week upcoming April 2022, and she will be an interview host on the Red Carpet at the 7th Annual Soiree to be held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas April 2, 2022. She also promotes other artists like traditional country singer Bob Stetson and directed his hysterical music video "Brand New Personality" nominated for the 2022 Josie Music Awards as well as promoted the single release I Can Tell By The Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me Tonight") by Nashville venue owner and artist Rodney Collins. Luna The Music City Dog is a celebrity at Music City Bar and Grill and The Troubadour Nashville which Annemarie also promotes on social media. Her main love is the stage and music, and performing her original music with a mix of comedy, theater, and her own special flair.
PUBLISHED IN "THE ARTIST COLLECTION" - Stories by Independent Artists - Josie Passantino & Tinamarie Passantino of Country Blast Radio
I grew up a shy, quiet child, the youngest of three girls, then later 4 girls total in my teens.
My earliest memories in music are of playing the organ and putting on shows with my 2 older sisters, one who couldn't sing a note, the other who banged the drum when I was 5 years old.
I of course, excelled in school and my teachers encouraged my gifts. I was chosen for theater roles, asked to play my violin in front of class, won talent competitions, and became very active in theater and my high school choir. It was an escape and an expression of myself, that my parents did not encourage, understand, or support.
In college, miles away from home I remember calling my mother from a dormitory payphone. It was my freshman year, and I was a musical theater student, studying acting, voice and diction, music, theory, voice lessons, and was immersed in auditions and learning the trade. The ballet, tap dance and stage movement classes challenged me as they were my first dance lessons and I was learning and clutzy. I was loving all my other courses. My mother's response was the typical negativity that I endured growing up with and eventually had to divorce, "Your stepfather and I always knew you were wasting your time."
"Emailed my family.
One's West coast, one's south, one's North east here.
Got one return mail.
'cause we're not as close as we used to be."
("Simpler Times" by Annemarie Picerno Copyright 2012)
I went on to my first professional theater job in the Rocky Mountains, and joined the community of paid actors and singers that got a check for performing nightly shows. I explored my comic abilities, and learned I could also make people laugh, and after a national competition for Lever Brothers, learned discipline performing 6 shows a day at Disney World. My peers were Wayne Brady who went on to television, and several other seasoned performers. I performed in bands of every genre, cruise ships, theaters, and explored incorporating all my skills into my performances. I traveled and lived with other entertainers, and constantly challenged myself. I always felt I needed to do more, and in 2012 I moved to Nashville to reignite my songwriting and immerse myself into creating more of my original music.
"I met a liar. I met a lover.
I met the devil, and the cowboy.."
("My Love Stories" by Annemarie Picerno Copyright 2012)
I learned quickly that many Nashville musicians were homeless, addicts, in their struggle to make music and be "true to their calling." Many sharks also existed in the business, and I had to learn the ropes of songwriter rounds, pitching to publishers, radio marketing, and saw how many live show venues did not pay their artists. I chose to continue my writing, and to gain exposure on internet radio stations aired around the world.
I found stations that supported Independent Artists, and became friends with many of the Dj's. They believed in me and my music, just as much as the fans that began requesting me for airplay. My song "Bad Girl" charted on several internet radio Top 40 charts and was selected as a finalist in a national songwriting competition.
"Come on boy..School's out!"
("Bad Girl" by Annemarie Picerno Copyright 2006)
I recently read Bette Midler's biography, as well as one on Janis Joplin. Both of their families shunned these ladies performances. In fact, Bette's father only watched his Oscar, Grammy winning, Broadway performing, and labeled "Greatest Entertainer in the World" daughter perform once on television.
Janis stunned the world by baring her pain to millions, and never believed in her own beauty. Many artists encounter this in their quest to write from their souls, to express themselves and their music and art to an audience. My songs come from my personal experiences, and also I have been delving into social topics about the world and events.
"Little girl held little boy's hand today.
Said, 'Bad man's blown our teacher away.
We're gonna get on our knees to pray. I'm gonna tell you I love you today."
("Don't Ask Why" by Annemarie Picerno Copyright 2015)
That song addresses the Sandy Hook tragedy, the fear of every parent, the logic of a child keeping prayer in schools.
I plan on continuing to write and sing music, and I thank my fans that have helped me find my voice.
I love to sing different genres and mix the sounds of country, pop, rock, and blues. I constantly try and push the limits on my topics and vocals. I love to sing and encourage investors to contact me as I have a dream project I'd like to finance.