The beautiful and talented Annika Chambers hails from Houston, Texas. And, like many of the great soulful singers of the past, she started singing in church at a young age. She always wanted to sing, but her dreams of enlisting in the Army and attaining a degree in radio and TV broadcasting took her in that direction. However, that path would start her on her musical journey. While serving in Kosovo, her first deployment, Annika entered a talent contest on base and sang lead in a song. Right after the competition, a guitar player approached her and introduced her to the blues. She’s been in love with the Blues ever since. Annika describes her style as a little bit of Aretha, Etta, Koko and Shemekia and includes as influences – Otis Redding, Shemekia Copeland, Joan Osborne, Robbin Ford, Adele, Etta James, Eryka Badu, Bobby Blue Bland & James Brown
Since completing her 7 1/2 year term with the US Army, Annika has been blazing the Houston blues music scene. With her self-motivated career taking the city by storm, Annika has had the opportunity to work with many of the well-known talents in the area such as Brad Absher, Paul Ramirez, The Mighty Orq, and many others. In the fall of 2012, Annika along with The House Rules Band entered the International Blues Competition. Although they did not proceed past the final round, she has had numerous opportunities to showcase her talent. After the city-wide competition, Annika took advantage of an opportunity to create a demo CD with Larry Fulcher of the Phantom Blues Band and Richard Cagle, both of whom were judges for the IBC Competition. To everyone’s surprise, this has turned into what will be a professionally produced album from Cagle’s ‘Montrose Studios’. The album “Making My Mark” features numerous Grammy Award winning musicians and artist who graciously offered their time and patience to make this project a success. With the album still in the works, Annika has gained a large amount of publicity, allowing her to host a listening party with most of the musicians from the album, prior to the album release for purchase. There is nothing that can prepare the world for the debut of Annika Chambers’ “Making My Mark”, so take a moment and enjoy the Annika Chambers experience and make sure you do what she says when she says…”Shake it for Me”.
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