singer | songwriter | pianist | author | actor | educator
Annie Moscow conveys her artistry as a performer, contemporary poet and modern-day storyteller, with her fresh perspective and unique themes. With a piano style that ranges from the intimate to explosive, combined with a unique and powerful voice, her cinematic songs take your right into the picture. Moscow’s music has range and has been compared to artists as diverse as Carole King, Billy Joel, Laura Nyro and Jacques Brel.
Annie’s most recent release, PASSING TRAINS, produced by the late John Jennings, (Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Gorka, Beausoleil) is a culmination of three years of personal reckoning, after which, as Annie succinctly puts it: “my husband became a woman, we lost all our money, and I found myself divorced and alone.” The album climbed to #20 on the Folk-DJ chart in February, 2017, in the first month of it’s release. Dani Heyvaert of the Dutch publication Rootstime calls PASSING TRAINS “A penetrating and honest record,” Dani observes in his review that “Annie artfully turned her feelings and experiences on PASSING TRAINS into healing, yet beautiful songs, with themes that we all sometimes struggle with.”
PASSING TRAINS is Moscow’s fifth studio release since 2001 when she first stepped out as a solo performer with her CD, WOLVES AT MY DOOR, a sweeping orchestral masterpiece of songs of midlife awakening, of which Wall Street Journal wrote, “Annie Moscow is rewriting the rules.” Since then, she has gone on to record four more albums: VISIBLE (2007), LIVE AND ALIVE (2009) PHOENIX (2011) and her current release PASSING TRAINS (her most intimate to date.)
It’s important to note that Annie has also had a great deal of recognition as a songwriter in multiple genres. Teaming up with her (then) husband Steve Gold (who was keyboardist with Sister Sledge), the two were a dynamic writing team. In 1986, Sarah Vaughn, in her last appearance at the Blue Note Cafe in New York, performed their song, “Tears in my Heart.” In 1992, Annie and Steve went on to pen what became Kathy Sledge’s hit single, “All of My Love”, as her album shot up to #1 on BILLBOARD’s dance charts. And in 2007, their song, “They Don’t Scare Me”, became Disney’s top-selling audio Halloween card, sung by Goofy.
Annie Moscow’s original training was in classical piano. As a teenager, she studied with David Sokoloff and Marion Zarzecna of The Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. She won a youth competition and performed Mendlessohn’s piano concerto with the Bucks County Symphony. She then went on to major in piano performance at Indiana University in Bloomington with a minor in theater, where she studied classical piano with Hans Boepple and jazz piano with legendary jazz educator, David Baker.
She also spent ten years as a children’s artist. In 1994, inspired by their son, Moscow and Gold released a children’s CD, LAND OF THE DIAMOND SUN, which spawned three children’s radio hits. They spent the next ten years touring as a keyboard duo performing family concerts and teaching songwriting in schools through the Arizona Commission on the Arts, under the name, “Melonball.”
Not to rest on her artistic laurels, Annie Moscow is also a writer, comedian and actor, having ventured into stand-up in 2006 where she studied at Tempe Improv’s Comedy College. This new creative exploration led to the development of her first one-woman show, “The Philosophical Musings of a Suburban Dwelling Free Spirit with Longings for Connection and Security” for Phoenix’s Herberger Theater. The show was a success and garnered an encore run, after which the Herberger Theater asked, “What are you going to do for us next year?” Moscow is now entering into her ninth season at the Herberger Theater and this June, 2017, she will be performing her ninth original show: “Songs from the B-side”.
Annie Moscow lives in Phoenix, Arizona and is currently at work on her memoir, “A F*king Butterfly”, due out this Fall, 2017.
2017: Fifth CD: “Passing Trains”
2011: Fourth CD: “PHOENIX”
2009: Third CD: “Live and Alive”
2007: Song “They Don’t Scare Me” Disney/Hallmark top-selling audio Halloween card
2007: Second CD: “Visible”2007: “You Had Me Bubblin” – wrote song performed in Universal film “Sagebrush Flats.
2005: “Angels Angels Angels” Theme song for film and fundraising campaign of Arizona Humane Society.
2001: “Wolves at My Door.” First album released as a solo artist.
1997: “They Don’t Scare Me” – wrote song performed by MICKEY MOUSE on Walt Disney’s “Scary Songs” album
1997: “Fly With Me” – song for Arizona Science Center Planetarium show
1997: “For the Children” – song performed by SISTER SLEDGE in Gospel musical: “Brother Brother Stop”
1997: “Chickens, Oranges & Other Funny Stuff” – co-wrote & co-produced music and collection of children telling jokes. Distributed by Rounder Kids.
1995: “Land of the Diamond Sun” – Co-wrote (with Steve Gold) all songs on hit children’s album. Was featured children’s album on New York City Public Radio for the month of May, 1995, with airplay on over 300 radio stations and two major airlines. Distributed by Rounder Kids.
1994: “True Love” – Song performed by SISTER SLEDGE on hit European album.
1992: “All of My Love” wrote song performed by KATHY SLEDGE on EPIC RECORDS. Released as the second single from the album. Album went to #1 on Billboards’ Dance charts.
1989 – Wrote song “Seesaw”, performed by DENISE LASALLE on MALACO RECORDS.
1989 – Wrote song “Born to be Pretty” – used in film “Savage Harbor.”
1986 – Song: “Tears In my Heart” – published by FAMOUS MUSIC and recorded in Japan by artist Hiromi Asai on Funhouse Records. Also performed by SARAH VAUGHN in her final New York appearance at THE BLUE NOTE.