International vocalist, Anna, is an incredibly versatile singer who performs a vast array of musical styles including soul, blues, jazz, musical theatre, classical and popular music
Anna started in the music business singing in several local bands while she was studying for her degree in music. It wasn’t long before she started up her own band and when completing her degree. Anna also pursued her glittering solo career by performing in cabaret across the country, Europe and on cruise ships. She never fails to entertain her audience, whether it is performing an aria in front of thousands at the Sunderland football ground, ’The Stadium of Light’ or singing to more intimate audiences at jazz gigs & cabaret venues.
She regularly headlines for P&O Cruise Liners and has worked for Fred Olsen, Saga and Brittany Ferries. Her trips have taken her from Canada and Greenland to Cape Town and many places in between. Other solo performances have taken her for one off appearances in places such as Spain, Finland, Gibraltar, Jersey & Tenerife. Anna also includes a Shania Twain and Country Act which has proved popular all around the UK, Spain and Helsinki. Anna has become renowned for her versatility and ability to change styles and genres to suit the audience. This led to the successful show at the Whitley Bay Playhouse, in November 2013. ‘Great Ladies of Song’ which celebrated great singers including Maria Callas, Billy Holiday, Etta James, Dusty Springfield, Whitney Huston and many more.
Following a short break after the birth of her first baby, she dazzled once again with a one off performance of her most recent show ‘One Enchanted Evening’ which was performed to a packed house at the Sage Gateshead, Hall 2 on 14th Feb 2016. Plans are currently in place to perform this show at other prestigious venues across the North East region and the UK.
In 2006 and 2007 Anna was nominated and shortlisted for business awards in the Creative sector ‘Best Creative & Cultural Business’. This was not only commendation for what she has achieved with her band and solo career but also well deserved recognition for her work ‘behind the scenes’.
As a freelance singer Anna works as a session singer at local recording studios, delivers singing workshops in high schools, colleges and privately and is also involved with local musicians recording original material. Anna’s first album entitled ‘Lately’, features the musicians from her band. The album covers some interesting arrangements of popular standards and also a big band recording arranged by Dave Wolpe. Her most recent album was recorded with guitarist Deon Krishnan and is called ‘Anna with Deon Krishnan’. Anna also sits on the Advisory Board for Gateshead College Music Department.
Reviews: "Anna is a simply outstanding talent...a performer to get truly excited about.’ Mark Ritchie, The Stage.
"I do not think I have seen too many artists switch so effortlessly from the Ella Fitzgerald arrangement of Cheek to Cheek to a rendition of O Mio babbino Caro by Puccini. In short Anna is a performer to get truly excited about’ Alan Warner showcase 2004 - The Stage.
"...her adopted strategy of chatting to her audience was most endearing. In fact Anna's line in crowd approach made a welcome change from that adopted by many of the West Enders and I liked everything about her. The biggest selling point here however was something you cannot train, coach or acquire by purchase. I’m referring of course to her sheer charm and stage presence." Prima Artists Showcase 2009, The Stage
“Anna is a fantastic vocalist with a bright and lovable personality. She captures the audience attention from the offset. Great crisp and precise vocals that tantalise the ears to make a truly memorable listening experience. Anna's set list is chosen to suit the environment/venue accordingly, from soft ballads, west end hits (such as "Time to say goodbye") through to current pop favourites.” CRITIC EYES - ENTERTAINMENT CRITIC. NSM Entertainment Agency
"Anna has a truly remarkable voice and a deceptively relaxed stage persona. The band are highly skilled and the repertoire moves to the jazz side of popular music with many 'standards' from the 40's and 50's and a song list including 'Feeling Good', Mambo Italiano', 'Ain't Misbehavin' and many other blues, soul and easy listening tunes. I often find the term 'easy listening' misleading since the skill to pull it off successfully is anything but easy in performance. Reay and the band handle the material with style, class and subtlety and the audience are truly appreciative. Her singing voice evokes the likes of Peggy Lee and Natalie Cole but with a contemporary approach. Top marks all round - they are well worth seeking out in the new year." Anna Richardson, the Informer Magazine Dec 2009
“As stated in previous Voyage Reports, typically, female vocalists tend to struggle with winning over an audience. Unlike their male counterparts, they tend to receive more scrutiny from the passengers. However, Anna’s versatility was very refreshing and she received quite a few notes of praise from the passengers for her performances (along with quite a few CD sales). Her first show on the evening of May 21st and 22nd was held in the Starlight’s Lounge with the venue 60% full for both performances on the 21st and 80% full on the 22nd. These numbers were repeated for her second show, on the evening of the 26th and 27th. Very Good Act!” Peter Allen, Planning and Sourcing Manager - Carnival UK Entertainment Services Department.