An award-winning singer/songwriter, Anna Fermin is, "a singer with a striking voice and a songwriter with a feel for the indelible image," (Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune).
Anna is well known as the front woman for the Chicago Americana/Country band Trigger Gospel. The band toured internationally and has released six albums, including the Jay Bennett produced Oh, the Stories We Hold and most recently You Belong here, their first studio recording in 8 years.
The Filipino-born singer immigrated to the United States with her family at a young age and found herself growing up in America‘s dairy land, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Classically trained in piano, voice, and violin, she picked up the acoustic guitar when she moved to Chicago.
After graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Anna was working as graphic artist when she made the life-changing discovery of songwriting. She explains, "My musical career began more as a love story than anything else. A guy I fell in love with serenaded me with a Steve Earle song called Down the Road. I was incredibly moved by this gesture. I needed to learn how to do that. So, I borrowed my aunt‘s guitar, asked her to show me how to play a couple of chords, and within a few days, I had written my first song "August Moon."
Anna has opened for many notable artists including the late great Johnny Cash, David Crosby, and Neko Case, among others. And, Anna had the honor of opening for the artist who inspired her career, Steve Earle, where she serenaded the audience with her version of "Down the Road."
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In 2012, Chicago songstress ANNA FERMIN released her second solo EP Someday Afternoon. The digital release is available on iTunes, Amazon, and her website.
Her first solo album The Contender was originally released in 2009 and produced by Jay O'Rourke (The Insiders, Fuzz Busters). The EP includes the notable songs "Dragging On" and "Lovely." The Contender has been digitally re-released to coincide with the release of Someday Afternoon.
Driven by the title track, Someday Afternoon combines Anna Fermin‘s folk, country and rock pedigree with her love for pop music. The result is a sunny set of roots pop. From her trademark alto husk to her honey-soaked highs, this five-song collection is a snapshot of an artist reaching past her comfort zone, aiming for what she wants and hitting the mark.
With the beautiful production of Doug McBride (Veruca Salt, Rachel Yamagata), the EP also includes the tracks "What It Could Be" and "Love Blooms" simple, sweet love songs filled with ache and anticipation of rediscovered and unlikely love. "Everyday Heroes" and "Everything Changes" center on themes of turning life‘s inevitable changes into something wonderful.