Ann Vriend Short Bio: Indie Soul Songstress
Ann Vriend's new album, entitled "For The People In The Mean Time" tells tough tales of the struggle of inner city life against the backdrop of explosive indie soul beats and harmonies. Despite the subject matter "backed with heavy grooves For The People In The Mean Time is upbeat without forcing needless optimism" writes the Calgary Sun, adding "Vriend's voice is unmistakable, catching and powerful." Production-wise, "with all its dubs, loops, samples, creaks, quirks and squeaks [For The People In the Mean Time] creates a Bohemian approximation of a Motown record that would do Berry Gordy Jr. proud…. Overall, 'For the People in the Mean Time' is a stunning and (despite all the comparisons) original achievement" writes City Gigs, Edmonton.
Released March 11, 2014, a single from "For The People In The Mean Time," "Long Road" is already garnering commercial radio play across Canada, and its second track, "A Need So Wide," will appear in an upcoming Russian film. The album has garnered 4/5 stars in the Star Phoenix (Saskatoon), while Vriend's guest appearance on CBC's “Vinyl Cafe” with Stuart McLean aired in February 2014 in Canada and the U.S. and will be re-broadcast in upcoming months.
In addition to this strong album Vriend is also a powerful live performer: this past July Vriend won the Canadian nation-wide “She's the One” contest at the Ottawa Bluesfest in the solo category, and her live show with her band garnered 4/4 stars in Die Rheinpfalz, Germany this April. To quote Obscure Magazine: "With her soaring vocals, impressive songwriting ability, and instrumental prowess, Vriend is truly an all-in-one package." She will tour Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand in the next 12 months in support of her new album.