Annie Sidley | Diamond in the Sand

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Diamond in the Sand

by Annie Sidley

Pop/R&B/Funk with an alternative rock flare
Genre: Urban/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover
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1. Keepin It Strong
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2. Replay
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3. Would You
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3:44 $0.99
4. Jealousy
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5. Diamond in the Sand
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6. Familiar
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7. Open My Eyes
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8. I Wait
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9. Moment's Breath
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10. What Are We Fighting For
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11. Bitter River
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12. Marrakesh
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Album Notes
Described as one of Washington, DC’s most soulful and original artists, Annie Sidley has captivated audiences all across the nation. Her music is inspired by the R&B rhythms and melodies of old school soul as well as the sounds of today’s Pop, Alternative and Funk tracks. Annie’s voice has been compared with the strength and soulfulness of Aretha Franklin and her songwriting to that of Stevie Wonder and Prince, yet she remains true to her own vision and distinctive sound. Her single Come to Me from her previous CD “History” received play on over 40 radio and internet stations nationwide and got over 200 spins weekly. Her current Cd "Diamond in the Sand" is currently on the radio with her single - "Would You".

Annie has proven herself an accomplished composer as well as one of the most dynamic and charming R&B/Pop performers today. She and her band tour nationally and have shared the stage with Joan Jett, WAR, Chuck Brown, Paul Taylor, Joyce Cooling and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, just to name a few. She's played large festivals (American Redcross Festival, DC and Red River Revel Festival, Shreveport, LA), prestigious concert halls (Kennedy Center and MCI Center, DC) and well known clubs (The Village Underground and The Bitter End, NYC and The State Theater, Falls Church, VA). She’s performed the National Anthem regularly on national television for NBA and WNBA games and has been featured on television and radio programs across the country. Annie’s most recent CD “History” has received high acclaim from the Washington Post and the Washington Times (see press kit for enclosed articles and reviews) and she has been nominated for “Best Urban/Contemporary Vocalist/Group” and “Best Urban/Contemporary Album” by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA).

Annie is not only an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician, she also co-produces an annually televised concert, Divas of DC, that has raised over $20,000 for local charities in the past two years. She is planning to tour nationally and internationally with this unique event. If you would like to bring this show to your city or learn more about Divas of DC please visit our website at

Washington Post review of “History”, “Annie Sidley can sing circles around her competition in pop.”...“History” unfolds with considerable ease and charm.”

Chris Slattery, of The Bethesda Gazette says, “... she sings like a cross between Lisa Stansfield, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston, with occasional ascension to Aretha-like heights...”

Washington City Paper “Oh, how this lady can sing...Annie's stunning vocal power is showcased on two must-have albums, Other Side of the Sun and History...”

“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.

“Soulful and funky, with an impressive voice and high-energy stage presence, Sidley has been compared with such major talents as Aretha Franklin and Chaka Kahn...” Marianne Meyer from the Washington Post.


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Mike Joyce

Annie Sidley - Diamond in the Sand - Washington Post
IT DOESN'T take long for singer Annie Sidley to deliver the goods on her new CD, "Diamond in the Sand." Stirring vocals rooted in soul and gospel power the opening track, "Keepin' It Strong," with its themes of unity and affirmation, and spill over into the rest of the album, charging it with strong emotional and spiritual currents. "I'm holding onto faith," a line from the album's title song, pretty much sums up the prevailing mood.

Even so, Sidley often turns in her most affecting performances when she appears to be holding on for dear life. That's certainly the case on the back-to-back tracks "What Are We Fighting 4?" and "Bitter River." The latter, a mournfully yearning piano ballad, quietly stands out, displaying both the power and beauty of Sidley's voice. Other cuts, including the hypnotic coda "Marrakesh," reveal cross-cultural influences, but because Sidley's strong R&B ties are always evident, she seldom sounds as if she's drifting too far from shore.

Her husband, Steve Sidley, plays almost all the instruments here, though some of the colorfully orchestrated arrangements, particularly the one he tailored for "I Wait," cleverly conceal his multitasking. With the help of producer Doug Derryberry, he has fashioned a welcome sonic upgrade.

-- Mike Joyce

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