Anna Pancaldi


Locations: Colchester
Genres: Acoustic Pop

biography

"Anna Pancaldi shines through from the pack... we know the boys had it all their way in 2014 and now the girls are fighting back. Looks like Anna's about to charge through chaps." Record of the Day
 
Coming from a musical family, it was only natural that Anna's love affair with music would begin at a young age. Her father was a singer who introduced her to outstanding artists such as Carole King, Carly Simon, Doris Day and Judy Garland. Music was always a part of Anna's lineage.
 
After many years spent battling severe stage fright (the kind that actually reduced her to tears in front of her audience), it was only when Anna relocated with her family to Cape Town, South Africa, that she overcame her struggle. Upon moving back to the UK with her new-found confidence, Anna went on to study music and then continued to pursue and focus on her songwriting whilst travelling the world. For nine months she visited different countries; from Nepal, to New Zealand and South America, performing her early material along the way. "It was a time that impacted me greatly and which set me up with the confidence to move to London to pursue music. Having the invaluable gift of time was pivotal for me to create the music I wanted without any of life's routines or pressures."

Described by Emerging Icons as “having the emotive presence of Eva Cassidy and the folky soul of Joni Mitchell…”, Anna Pancaldi is a singer-songwriter making waves. After having Anna perform on her show, Gaby Roslin (BBC London), exclaimed “ That was sensational, I can't believe that you're unsigned. Beautiful sound...you've got it.” 

When Anna launched her debut EP ‘Black Tears’ this March, the pre-orders alone saw her sandwiched firmly between this year's Critics' Choice Brit Award winner, James Bay, and the unstoppable Ed Sheeran. It was no great surprise (at least not to her fans) when release day came around and Anna reached No.6 in the iTunes singer songwriter charts and No.52 in the Top Charts. Her run of success only continued when shortly after she sold out her first headline show, held in London's Servant Jazz Quarters. 

Anna has already worked with Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1) and supported acclaimed acts such as Rita Ora, Rudimental, The Noisettes and Tinchy Stryder, performing at several prestigious O2 academy venues along the way. These shows led to her working with Grammy award winning producer Simon Gogerly (U2- 'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb', Paloma Faith, No Doubt) and producers such as Carassius Gold (Laurel, Jack Garratt) and Hunstmen (Foals, Scott Matthews).

Following on from her first release and UK tour, Anna recently supported Paper Aeroplanes and was chosen as one of Tom Robinson's 'Fresh Faves' on his BBC 6 Music show 'Fresh on Net', with her track 'Promise We'll Never Grow Old'. The song was described as being "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.” The feature led to her first national radio play when she was hand-picked by Tom for his BBC Introducing show.

Anna is also no stranger to the festival scene - she made her debut at Glastonbury last year and this summer she'll be gracing the stage at Sofar Sounds London, Secret Garden Party, Cambridge Folk Festival and many more. With her second EP due for release at the end of the year and another tour already in the planning, this promising start really does look to be just the beginning for Anna.