Anna Gutmanis is an award-winning Canadian songwriter, singer and keyboardist who entwines brave lyrics with deep, blues-style vocals. Her 2014 single releases, “Lately It’s Cold” and “Diamonds and Stiletto Shoes”, charted on iTunes, and “Diamonds” also appeared on the Roots Music Report 2014 Top 100 Pop Song and Album charts. Several songs from her critically-acclaimed album "Glimmer In The Dark" appeared on 3 different Australian Indie Radio Charts and on the Roots Music Report 2014 Top 100 Pop Song chart. The award-winning single “I Am Who I Am” is an anthem to the LGBTQ rights movement, and it was featured in Euro Pride 2015 events in Riga, Latvia. Other recordings include Anna's eponymous debut album, which still receives airplay on commercial radio. She has released 2 music videos, “I Am Who I Am”, and “Another Way Out”. Both videos played at film festivals internationally, and are also being used as educational tools at PFLAG. "Another Way Out" won the 2014 Best Short Documentary award at Q Cinema Texas, and it is currently hitting the short film festival circuit internationally. Anna often performs live in and around Toronto, and also plays shows across Canada and the United States. She is very excited to digitally release her classic tune "Empire" on May 27, 2017. Anna released "Empire" to Ontario college radio in 1984, where it charted on stations across the province. The song is a scathing indictment of racism and sexism, and its message is more needed now than it was in the 1980s. A video for "Empire" will be available for viewing on YouTube on May 27th, as will a video of Anna and her trio performing Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine".
Very, very honourable mentions go to Bruce Springsteen, Joan Armatrading, Kate Bush, Melissa Etheridge, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bill Withers.
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