... arguably one of the hottest new acts out there.' Spindle
Anna Pancaldi has long been in possession of a voice that reaches for emotional highs and swoops into emotional lows with an equal intensity…. the raw beauty of that voice shines through like never before. 'The Line of Best Fit.’
Growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, Anna began writing music as a young teenager. On returning to the UK, Anna studied a Music Diploma, and then went on to travel the world for nine months writing music and gigging. On returning Anna then relocated to London to kick start her music career.
Since then all three releases have charted in the Top Ten of the iTunes singer songwriter charts including her most recent release 'Sweet Charity' which features the single 'Brother'. Having had big support from Spotify being featured in ‘New Music Friday’ and many other playlists including ‘The Most Beautiful Songs in the World’. Anna also sold out all three of her London headline shows at Servant Jazz Quarters, St Pancras Old Church and St Leonards Church. Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music and BBC London Introducing have been great supporters of Anna as an unsigned artist.
Having toured the UK extensively with each release continuing to build her fan base, Anna has also toured Europe this year as a headliner after supporting major label artist Jake Isaac.
Anna recently completed her first US tour playing NYC, Nashville and LA also performing live in CBS LA TV where she gained US management.
Anna was recently featured in a Levi’s campaign for a ‘trip of firsts’ where they travelled to four countries and Anna went on to sound track the same campaign.
Influenced by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley and Carol King. Anna's haunting, deep and mature vocals alongside her thought provoking and raw music promise to leave audiences as someone to remember.
Anna also launched her own line of gin called 'Joe's Gin' made by Mason's, an elderflower infusion inspired by her brother who used to make them elderflower cordial as children. Mason's gin is sold in the likes of Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.
"Really polished...She doesn't need our help, we need her." Dermot O'leary Radio 2
"And Promise We’ll Never Grow Old gives us a tantalising glimpse into just what she can do – it’s a wonderful, cinematic ballad which calls to mind a slightly folkier version of Ren Harvieu, all topped off by Anna’s stunning vocals." BBC 6 music, Fresh Faves
Me for Queen aka Mary Erskine is inspired by people and their stories. Growing up feral in rural Fife/Scotland in a big old house near the sea, years of classical training together with a Blues guitarist for a father make for an interesting mix of Soul and Folk, drawing comparisons to a range of artists from Regina Spektor to Carole King, Kate Bush and This is the Kit.
Of her latest single, Jessica, released in August on Seahorse Music, Folk Radio UK wrote, “The combination of rich poetic lines and one of most beautiful, emotive voices I’ve heard in a long time make Me for Queen stand out in any crowd.”
She has enjoyed support from BBC 6 Music, BBC Scotland (single of the week on Janice Forsyth’s Culture show for Slow Train) and BBC Wales. Jessica was also included in one of Spotify UK’s most-listened to playlists, “The Most Beautiful Songs in the World”.
The last year has seen her play two headline UK tours, including sold-out shows at London’s Paper Dress Vintage and the Sound Lounge.
"Erskine is blessed with a profound skill in the art of songwriting (not to mention a compelling voice) but also with a deft sense of storytelling..." Edinburgh Metro
“Beautiful, soaring vocals” The Guardian
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