Let’s make this clear. somegirlnamedanna is not a brand. It is not an image. It is not an alter ego. Instead, it is the story of Anna, “a girl with a name like all of us are.”
Born and raised in a remote area of Minnesota, her imagination flourished without television or social media. An antique grand piano in the living room called to her as she repeated melodies and jingles from the radio by ear as a young child. While painting in the kitchen, mom played classics by Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell, and Tori Amos fueling her daughter’s love for music and the arts, in general. At the same time, she developed a knack for poetry and writing short stories at school, combining the two in songwriting eventually. Balancing college and bartending four nights a week, she spent countless hours in the studio writing and recording demos as well as developing her voice. After one listen to these early demos, LAVA Founder Jason Flom personally signed her in 2019.
Preceding her debut twenty one, twenty two EP, Anna introduced the story with the single “hello i am.” Her soulful delivery cuts through a hypnotic choir of echoes—calling and responding to itself—as she details her childhood and ultimately grasps destiny. She asks, “You wanna know who I am? I’m just some girl with blood on my hands from trying to love the world,” before assuring, “I’m just somegirlnamedanna.”
With honesty on display in other singles “kitchen table” and “monday,” that blood, love, and fire may be all she needs to possibly change the world…
“The one thing I want people to take away at the end of the day, it’s to remind them we are all human,” she says. “We all experience pain, happiness, angst, hurt, shame, and anxiety. I want anyone listening to know that I really want to connect with them and bring all of us together to start a conversation. I want to grow with my fans, fuck up with them, make mistakes, and laugh and cry together. We’re all going through it together, and I want them to know that no one is alone.”