Hear what people are saying about Annie Sidley...
The Washington Post Review of "History", "Annie Sidley can sing circles around most of the competition in pop. But as "History" proves, she's got better things to do.
While there's no mistaking her vocal power and range, Sidley is clearly more interested in creating moods than scoring points. In an era when pop vocalists routinely splinter lyrics into shrill microsyllabic bits, this is refreshing to say the least, and it accounts for why "History" unfolds with considerable ease and charm.
Soul music, the vintage or contemporary kind, is Sidley's forte. She's featured here in a series of cozy settings, performing songs in which she sounds alternately comforting (Come to Me), heartbroken (I Believe), smitten (Mad Love), troubled (World Gone Crazy). She wrote or co-wrote - mostly with her husband, Steve Sidley - all of the songs, and they showcase the beauty and reach of her soprano without devolving into silly and flamboyant exercises. Still, it would be nice to hear these lean, funk-flavored arrangements augmented by a more expansive and textured sound. Sidley's vocal gifts, after all, easily merit the additional expense. (Mike Joyce, Sept. 15, 2001)
"Hers is delicious music, mostly songs that she has written...very sophisticated compositions that show off to great effect what can only be called a gorgeous voice..."
-Ray Lane of the Washington Times.
"...one of Maryland's most precious natural resources, the voice of Annie Sidley. Here is a vocalist and band worth seeking out. Both excel at what they do."
-Diane Gibbs & Sky Shaw of Old Town Crier
"... she sings like a cross between Lisa Stansfield, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston, with occasional ascension to Aretha-like heights..."
-Chris Slattery, of The Bethesda Gazette
The Annie Sidley Band has been playing concerts up and down the East Coast from New York to Louisiana, opening for National Acts such as: Joan Jett, WAR, Marcus Johnson, Chuck Brown, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many more!