"She is at once the hero and the anti-hero of her own story. A moving but depressing, beautiful but sad, triumphant but desperate album of songs."” - Greg Walker

PRISM Reviews


Annie Stokes musician

Annie's music is the result of surrendering your garden to weeds and wildflowers.

And after a decade of honing her creative crafts, she's learned a thing or two about cultivation and surrender.

Raised on the seam of urban and rural living in the foothills of the eastern Blue Ridge Mountains, Annie grew up performing for others. It wasn't until she taught herself guitar at age 21 that she finally blended her loves of storytelling and singing. From there, her budding notion that she was born to share her art with others led her on a meandering journey through the Shenandoah Valley, the evangelical towns of central Virginia, the labyrinth of damp green rooms in DC, sunbaked music festivals, and dozens of rental cars and hotels on the state highways that vein from the Carolinas to Boston. After spending her twenties trying to fit into various boxes and please certain gatekeepers, the experience of motherhood taught her how to surrender to the songs that had been inside of her all along.

Her mesmerizing lyrics and crystalline voice (described by one fan as  "Alison Krauss meets Nick Cave") eventually culminated in an EP (2014) and three albums (2015, 2017, and 2021). Her most recent LP, "The One That Gets Away", was awarded "Best Americana/Country Album" at the 2022 Wammies, Washington DC's prestigious music awards ceremony. Annie's music combines traditional country and folk song structure with modern lyrical sensibilities, and her live shows invite audiences into a front-porch conversation about life with biting commentaries about parenthood, heartbreak, and hope. 

Her fifth studio project, "Wild Rose EP" -- cowritten and produced with Grammy member Austin Bello -- was released in March 2023. It has been highlighted in numerous publications (see press highlights) and will be featured on season six of The Martha Bassett Show.

She co-writes with her husband, bass player Will Berger. When they aren't making music, they are raising two girls and lots of hell in Virginia.



Selected Performances

Annie Stokes Music

The Martha Bassett Show {season 6, episode 13} (Elkin, NC)

WDVX Blue Plate Special {July 2023} (Knoxville, TN)

Arts on the Green w/ John Howie Jr. (Gaithersburg, MD)

LAUNCH Music Festival and Conference 2023 - Official Showcasing Artist (Lancaster, PA)

Steppin' Out Fest (Blacksburg, VA)

Pearl Street Warehouse {opening for Ryan Montbleau} (Washington, DC)

Highland Brewery (Asheville, NC)

Cat's Cradle (Carrboro, NC)

The Purple Fiddle (Thomas, WV)

DOAH Fest (Luray, Virginia)

9:30 Club {Featured Singer} (Washington, DC)

Jammin' Java {opening for The Hunts, Crystal Bowersox} (Vienna, VA))

The Black Cat (Washington, DC)

Cat's Cradle Back Room (Carborro, NC)

Main Street Music Fest (Ellicot City, MD)

Richmond Music Hall {opening for Sierra Hull} (Richmond, VA)

Sixth & I {Virtual Performance} (Washington, DC)

Moon Valley Music Festival (Purcellville, VA)

Round Here Originals (Front Royal, VA)

Bright Box (Winchester, VA)

Press Photos

Meno MOsso Photography, 2024

Annie Stokes musician

Meno MOsso Photography, 2024

Meno Mosso Photography, 2024




Selected Press