Annie Stokes is a dark Americana songstress and folk lyricist from the foot hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Virginia. Raised on musical theater and her mom's oldies, she began writing poetry and short stories at a young age. When she picked up a guitar at age 20, everything clicked. She began her career by playing open mics, street festivals, and wineries around her native Virginia, slowly graduating to festivals, night clubs, and regional tours across the East Coast. "I like a hook, and I like a song that dredges up specific memories and feelings, rather than generic rushes of serotonin," she says of her songwriting style. "From the beginning, I would get inspired by snippets of conversations I would hear, or certain smells, or little moments."

 

She’s released an EP and two albums, that latter of which focuses on environmental justice. Having been an activist and intersectional feminist for all of her adult life, it only made sense to weave those parts of her world into her music in a way that was graceful and genuine. In 2019, Annie took a break from touring to reform her band and hone her sound. Her fourth album, currently in production, will be a reflection on gender dynamics, environmentalism, burnout culture, and living with your past -- all told through the prism of a millennial on the threshold between youth and family life.

 

When she's not writing or performing, Annie has a baby girl, four cats, a deep appreciation for sparkling wine, and a love of the Appalachians.

 

(Photography: Meredithe Ettrich, 2019)