Q: Hi, Annie! I love the dark, gloomy, sultry vibe your single, “Everywhere I Go (Everybody’s The Same),” gives off. Can you walk me through the creative process of making this song?
ANNIE SCHERER: Hey! Thank you so much! I wrote this song with my friend, Suzie Buist. It’s about dealing with social pressures as an introvert, and how wherever you go, the same personalities exist everywhere. Kelley Cronin produced it, and gave the song its cinematic qualities. She did an incredible job and really brought my vision to life.
Q: Your vocals are beautiful and unique, and your lyrics are poetic! Your impeccable range is showcased flawlessly through “Everywhere I Go (Everybody’s The Same).” I’m curious about the writing process as it’s different for every artist; how do you usually write lyrics/how did this song come to fruition?
ANNIE: That’s so sweet! Thank you. I came up with the first line (the title) after going to a networking event, and feeling socially exhausted afterwards. I usually start with melodies when I write, but this song flowed so naturally because of how I was feeling. We wrote it in about an hour.
Q: What has been one of the highlights of your career thus far?
ANNIE: Recording and producing my full-length album was a big highlight and milestone. I’m super proud of it, and it earned me the award for 2021’s “Best Performer” in New York’s capital region by the Times Union. Also moving to Nashville a year ago has been a really amazing experience.
Q: I’m always fascinated by musicians’ journey to where they are now. Do you remember at what age you decided to delve into the music world? Were you always musical growing up?
ANNIE: I was 6 when I started taking piano lessons, and I began writing and composing around that time too. I performed classical piano for 13 years, and I’ve always wanted to share my music with others.
Q: Being from Nashville, I’m sure music is always around you. What’s the music scene out there like, a lot of competition? Do you have any advice for other up-and-coming artists trying to get their names out there?
ANNIE: Nashville is still primarily known for country music, but there are incredible pop communities here. It’s competitive by nature, yet everyone is super supportive of each other. We all want the pop scene to be heard. My advice would be to hold true to your art! It’s easy to get swept up in all of the social pressures as an artist, but you have to love what you’re doing or else there’s no point. It’s a tough industry.
Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have three albums with you, which would they be?
ANNIE: Oh gosh, this is a hard question. I’ll go with “Born To Die” by Lana Del Rey, “Titanic Rising” by Weyes Blood, and “Abbey Road” by the Beatles.
Q: Did any real-life events occur in your life that inspired “Everywhere I Go (Everybody’s The Same)”?
ANNIE: I feel a lot of social pressures as an introvert in today’s society, and particularly as an artist. A lot of people expect artists to have an influencer-like personality, and to be very extroverted, but that’s not me at all. Social media especially has been tiring but it’s part of the job.
Q: What would you like to tell your supporters out there?
ANNIE: It means everything to me when people listen to my songs. Music has had such a profound impact on me, and I hope to do that for my listeners.
Interviewed by Melissa Cusano
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