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Anndretta

Anndretta

Anndretta is an accomplished actor and singer with a love for songwriting. As the daughter of a pastor, she developed her gift as a singer at an early age often being instructed to sing a sermonic solo. At the age of seven she began formal voice and piano lessons from Lady Helen Stephens, a nationally known musician, choir director and board member for GMWA (Gospel Music Workshop of America). By the time Anndretta was eight she performed for her first studio recording as an artist on a children’s CD. At thirteen she was awarded best female youth vocalist at the Bay Area Gospel Academy Awards. She has performed with dozens of choirs at church, in school and in the community. At fifteen, while performing with the COGIC Mass Choir in a live recording she shared lead vocals with Twinkie Clark of the Clark Sisters on the song Be Strong. In 1998, Anndretta was honored with an invitation to sing at a private reception for President William “Bill” Jefferson Clinton and forty other guests and performed the hymn Higher Ground.

Anndretta was introduced to theater at the age of ten by her mother who was determined to expose her to activities outside of their neighborhood, the Acorn projects, on the west side of Oakland, CA. Anndretta took the public bus to the Julia Morgan Theater in Berkeley, CA every day after school to attend classes and rehearsals for early roles in plays and musicals. At the age of twelve she landed her first professional television job as a host for the FOX Kids Club doing news segments, interviews and voice-overs.
Ms. Lyle continued her involvement in theater throughout high school, college and beyond in productions like Working, Wind in the Willows, and Once On This Island. At Stanford University she studied classical voice and during her junior year, along with friends, wrote and produced the musical hip-hopera Stanfunk XIX: The legend of Don Juan. Anndretta has played characters that include; Friar Tuck, Billie Holiday, a furry animal with a British accent named Mole, the mythical Jamaican love martyr named Timoun, a man-stealing vixen named Trina, and a sixteen year-old foster child named Toni.

Anndretta left college and took time away from performance and stage work. Through what started as an internship, she was hired by Sony Music Entertainment eventually became the youngest regional marketing manager for urban retail. Afterwards, Anndretta moved to Atlanta and met platinum recording artist Kelly Price. Kelly hired Anndretta to sing background soprano and re-introduced her to the stage giving her the opportunity to exercise her vocal ability. Anndretta appeared with Kelly Price at the Stellar Awards, BET’s Celebration of Gospel, BET’s 106 & Park and other events in venues all over the country and overseas. In August 2003, Kelly introduced Anndretta to director and playwright Tyler Perry.

In September 2003, Anndretta started touring nationally with Tyler Perry’s Why Did I get Married and in January 2004 she toured nationally with E Lynn Harris’ Not A Day Goes By. In December 2004 she appeared as Star Child in the TBN special Madea’s Family Christmas written by Tyler Perry and hosted by Juanita Bynum. In January 2005 she began touring with Tyler Perry’s stage play Madea Goes to Jail finishing in May 2006 after 650+ performances. Anndretta is featured in the Madea Goes to Jail DVD released in June 2006 which has sold several million copies.

In 2007 Anndretta returned to Stanford University to complete a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and pursue a Master’s degree in Humanities/Drama. In 2008 she became the spokesperson for the official Church of God In Christ telecast on the WORD network as a Host for COGIC Today. Currently Anndretta lives in Oakland and continues to work and travel as an actor and singer as she works on the debut release of her first musical recording.