". . . there’s something affecting and even mystical going on. Marvel at it."
Annabelle Maginnis invites to think, calls to dance, dares to feel. Based in Los Angeles, Annabelle is informed by culture and inspired by nature, collaborating with vocals, production, electric violin, and Fender's Tenor Tele.
Their latest release, "Blastin Pastem" with Zhao, broadcast on NPR, premiered on KCRW's most popular show, Morning Becomes Eclectic, and was played by KCRW DJ's Valida, Novena Carmel, Anne Litt, Raul Campos, and Aaron Byrd. It has been listed as an uplifting song to sooth and relieve during this 2020 pandemic. Annabelle as also released the singles, "Rainbow", "Green Tree Tops", "Slippin", and "Mirror's Eye" during the quarantine. Their first production credit, "Flowers" by Def Sound, has also graced the airways in 2020.
In collaboration with Smile High and Teddy Roxpin, “Hear My Mind” was the first release of Annabelle’s debut project, Free Debris. The tune was played by DJ Valida and Liza Richardson on KCRW. In the second single release, "Steady (feat. Def Sound)," Annabelle continues their collaborations with Smile High. The piece was chosen by Fender as a release of the month and favored by Spotify playlists and KCRW DJs alike. "Little Toes," their third single, combined the joint inspiration of Annabelle and Austin's CAPYAC. The group created and captured visuals to the tune in a music video by Lance Williams. The video and song have been enjoyed by international publications, landed Spotify playlists, got generous KCRW radio time, and even played on the metro screens throughout Mexico City.
Annabelle's EP, Free Debris, premiered on June 11th as an 8-track exploration; "For an EP, it’s album-length in both quantity and emotional heft" (Buzzbands 2019).
Legend has it that Annabelle was dancing in the belly anytime there was music around. However the earliest documents of Annabelle's musical expression were from when she was 3 years old, singing nasally improvised stories as her uncle strummed guitar. Annabelle picked up the violin around 10, learning and teaching Suzuki method by 13. They started playing mandolin in 2011 to accompany their songwriting: self-taught in the blissful isolation of hills in the Bay area. It wasn't until they were living in NYC in the summer of 2013 for street art/mural restoration project that they were coerced by cozy if not chaotic circumstance to play in front of others. When Annabelle looked up from the perceived privacy of a park bench, they saw that children were dancing. This moment sparked Annabelle's interest in sharing their music in a more broad sense. Working with their first project, MetronOhm, with Kofi Asare-Aboagye and Hunter Craig, they released a collaborative 5-track EP called "Matter" and a single called "Wabi Sabi" in 2017 and 2018 respectively. It was not until 2019 that Annabelle Maginnis started sharing their own music sans alias.
Annabelle has played the festivals SXSW, Broke LA, Chinatown Summer nights (KCRW, LA Weekly), Underground Music Showcase (Denver) and more. They play venues including The Lodge Room, The El Rey, The Moroccan Lounge, The Echo, Bottom of the Hill and Bootleg Theater. In addition to their solo project, they accompany violin and vocals with other artists including Lauren Ruth Ward, Def Sound, Holy Wars, TwoLips, and more.