Born in South America and raised in Sweden, Annika grew up singing in various church and school choirs from a young age, however, it was not until she moved to England that she started to perform with local jazz, gospel, soul and funk bands and has recently formed her own bands.
Annika is a self taught professional singer and although she has no formal musical training, she demonstrates a skilful ability to interpret songs with an effortless natural style. Her voice has been described as possessing a distinctive, dynamic sound with a warm and soulful timbre.
Annika’s passion for music and performance has led to gigs at the Plymouth Barbican International Jazz & Blues Festival, Teignmouth Jazz Festival, Bude Jazz Festival, Damourth Music Festival, St Ives Jazz Club, Plymouth Jazz Club, Speakeasy Jazz Club and many more. Highlights to date are singing with Buster Cooper and Art Baron (Art Baron has performed with Bruce Springsteen, Buddy Rich and Stevie Wonder); performing alongside former members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra with the 9 piece band Ellingtonia at an International Duke Ellington Festival in London; singing with the legendary Kathy Stobart (who performed regularly with the late Art Pepper and Humphrey Lyttelton to name but a few) with the band Arcadia and singing for MP Ben Bradshaw at his birthday party by special request.