REVIEWS FOR ‘JAILBAIT’
“Piper has the kind of voice that lulls men to their doom. It’s soft and sweet when it wants to be, scared and vulnerable a moment later, then ripping through you like a razor… Piper commands songs utterly.”
Jeremy Loome, The Edmondton Sun, Canada
REVIEWS FOR ‘TWO’S COMPANY’
“With her voice somewhat akin to Janiva Magness, this is solid blues.”
Jim Hynes, ‘Elmore’ magazine, USA
“Australia has produced several noteworthy blues and roots acts in recent years, including some remarkable female vocalists. Anni Piper’s two previous releases... established her as a card-carrying member of that club......Two’s Company offers 12 tracks driven by Piper’s distinctive, smoky alto, but it also highlights her considerable talent on bass....”
Jonathan Black, ‘Blues Revue’ magazine, USA
“She has the kind of voice and delivery that goes straight to your heart. The music is passionate in-your-face blues and blues rock, played well and best heard LOUD.... Anni Piper will, as my friend Don says, melt your face right off.”
Sunday Night Blues Project, USA
“Anni uses this album and takes on a fantastic journey.... I simply cannot decide which is better or more effective: her vocals, her bass playing or her undeniably strong composition potential.”
Mladen Loncar, www.soundguardian.com
Piper began playing bass guitar at age 14. By 19 years of age, she had completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree at Southern Cross University. Piper remembers with clarity the first time she heard the blues back in her school days (“It was Paul Butterfield Blues Band playing ‘Born in Chicago’ - I knew straight away this was the direction I was heading.” she says).
Early 2004 Piper made the decision to
record ‘Jailbait’, her debut CD which featured all original compositions. Black Market Music, a record label well
known to Australian blues aficionados, immediately signed her. The album was an instant success, winning Piper ‘Best New Talent’ at the 2005 Australian Blues Music Awards.
To promote the album Piper toured Australia extensively. Festival appearances include the Woodford Folk Festival (QLD), Optus National Music Muster (Gympie, QLD), Wangaratta Jazz Festival (VIC), and the Australian Blues Music Festival (Goulburn, NSW).
Piper’s second album, ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’, recorded in early 2007, earned her a nomination for the ‘Rudy Brandsma’ award at the 2007 Australian National Songwriting Contest for her song ‘Untrue’. She was a finalist for ‘Best Female Vocal’ at the 2008 Australian Blues Music Awards, and finalist in the APRA Professional Development Awards in 2009.
‘Two’s Company’ (a compilation of tracks from ‘Jailbait’ and ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’) was released in January 2009. Piper’s American debut for Blues Leaf Records, the album reached #1 on the Australian Roots music charts, and #21 on the Living Blues charts, though Piper had yet to tour the USA.
‘Chasin’ Tail’ is Piper's 2010 release, placing her as that top five finalist in the 2010 Musicoz Awards.
Piper has appeared on popular Australian television programs “Rage” (ABC TV), “Landed Music” (SC10) and “The Susie Show” (WIN TV) to promote her songs. Her recordings have received extensive airplay throughout the world.