Anna Gutmanis is an award-winning Canadian songwriter, singer and keyboardist who writes and records across musical genres. Her 2014 single release “Lately It’s Cold” won a Global Music Award. Several songs from Anna's critically-acclaimed album "Glimmer In The Dark" appeared on 3 different Australian Indie Radio Charts (Urban, World, and Easy Listening) and on the Roots Music Report 2014 Top 100 Pop Song chart. The official video for "Another Way Out" won the 2014 Best Short Documentary award at QCinema Texas and was used by PFLAG as an educational tool. The song “I Am Who I Am” is an anthem to the LGBTQ rights movement, and has been recorded in rock and dance formats. The rock version won the 2009 Pride Song Award, and the official video for the 2019 Dance Version won several awards at international film festivals. Other recordings include Anna's eponymous debut album, which still receives airplay. Anna is also a street photographer and visual artist, having contributed cover art and design for two of her music releases. Her portrait of Billy Joel can be seen on his website. Anna often performs live in and around Toronto, and has also played across Canada and the United States. She is a monthly contributor for Rainbow Country, syndicated LGBT radio show/podcast. Anna wrote and recorded the new theme song for INSPIRE Awards, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in May 2021. Anna will release more new music and an accompanying video in 2021 as the founder and musician member of Artists 4 Racial Equality (ARE).
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