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MP3 Anna Gutmanis - Anna Gutmanis

The Record called this Canadian pop/rock album a "promising debut" and its catchy reggae-tinged single "Then Came You" continues to receive airplay almost 20 years after its release.

6 MP3 Songs in this album (20:40) !
Related styles: POP: 80''s Pop, ROCK: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

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Anna Gutmanis was born in London, Canada. At age 7, she was inspired by her older sisters’ Laura Nyro albums and started taking piano lessons through the Royal Conservatory of Music. Anna began to write her own songs as a young teenager, moving to Toronto at the age of 19 to pursue her passion for music and social justice. She began performing as a solo artist at cafes and clubs, and joining activist groups such as Lesbians Against the Right.

In 1984, Anna cut a 2-song demo with L’Étranger, a prominent Toronto-based band. The songs received airplay on Ontario college radio stations, with “Empire”, a song decrying racism and sexism, charting at several stations. Still performing solo, Anna began to play at political venues such as The Trojan Horse and The Fallout Shelter, and at feminist benefits alongside luminaries such as Lorraine Segato and Faith Nolan. She played a set at Pride Day 1984, and was featured as an “Xtra Special Person” in Xtra Magazine.

She cut a 6-song self-titled EP in 1989 on her own Ban-Anna Records label. The album and its single “Then Came You” (also released on RDR Promopak CD) received airplay in every Canadian province and territory. “The Record”, Canada’s premier music trade publication at the time, praised the album’s “promising debut”. Anna was interviewed for features on several stations, including CFNY, and she spent much of the next 2 years performing with a back-up band. In 1992, she received a Factor Grant, with new music appearing on the 7th Factor Compilation of New Canadian Talent. An expanded and re-mixed version of “Then Came You” was released to radio on Marigold Sampler 3 in 1993, and the song continues to receive airplay to this day.

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