Annie Haslam with Renaissance headlining North East Art Rock Festival (NEARfest) on 23 June 2012
8 June 1947|
Bolton, Lancashire, England|
Progressive rock, symphonic rock, pop, folk, classical|
Singer, painter, songwriter, arranger|
Warner Bros. Records
Virgin Records (Japan)
Annie Haslam (born 8 June 1947 in Bolton, Lancashire, England) is an English vocalist, songwriter, and painter. She is best known as the lead singer of progressive rock band Renaissance since 1971, and for her long and diverse solo singing career. She has a five-octave vocal range. From 2002, Haslam has developed a parallel career as a visual artist, producing paintings on canvas, painted musical instruments, and giclées.
Originally a fashion student in Cornwall, she worked for a Savile Row tailor in London, and then began studying under opera singer Sybil Knight in 1970.
Career with Renaissance
In February 1971, she became the new lead singer of Renaissance, after answering an advertisement in the British periodical Melody Maker, and auditioning for the band in Surrey.
Charles Snider stated "Annie Haslam's voice, soaring high along with the melody, is the big news. Far more West End than Carnaby Street, it would come to define the band."
With Renaissance, Haslam was lead vocalist on seven studio albums during their classic period (1972-1979), four studio albums from 1981-present, and a number of live albums. For more information see the Renaissance Discography.
In 1977, she began her solo career with her album Annie in Wonderland, produced by Roy Wood, who played most of the musical instruments, duetted with her on one track, and performed on the Intergalactic Touring Band album. Haslam and Wood were engaged to be married for four years. She has since released eight studio albums, three of which were released through her own record label, White Dove. She has also collaborated with Steve Howe on a number of projects.
Her 2006 Live Studio Concert, was also released as her first solo DVD. Haslam released an EP called Night and Day, her first solo recording for some years, with Welsh rock band Magenta in 2006.
"Haslam as few among us, is blessed to channel her muse in a variety of ways" wrote Melinda Rizzo in Fine Art Magazine. One of these is visual arts:
- her paintings have been used as cover art on the albums:
- One Enchanted Evening, by Annie Haslam - Click here to view the album cover art
- Woman Transcending by Annie Haslam - Click here to view the album cover art
- Night and Day by Annie Haslam with Magenta
- Grandine il Vento by Renaissance - Click here to view the album cover art
- Symphony of Light by Renaissance - Click here to view the album cover art
- Speak by I and Thou - Click here to view the album cover art
- she has helped others to design her on-stage clothing
- she has painted musical instruments including guitars, and violins
- she has created giclées of many of her paintings
- in 1975 she artistically hand-lettered the lyrics to "Mother Russia" for a British tour program.
Festive season concert
Starting in 1999, Haslam has, each year, performed a Christmas show called In the Spirit of the Holidays, originally at the Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church, and then at the larger Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, since 2006. The Christmas show has been held every year except 2012, due to the death of her friend and colleague, Michael Dunford, in November of that year. Haslam stated that "there was just too much sadness at the time." Included in the program are secular, and religious Christmas carols, as well as her own compositions, and a few Renaissance favourites.
In 1993, Haslam was diagnosed with breast cancer, which she survived and which became the inspiration for her 1994 album, Blessing in Disguise.
Haslam was engaged to musician Roy Wood for four years, which she later described as "four of the funniest years of my life". In 1991 Haslam married a man from North Wales, Pennsylvania, named Marc I. Hoffman. The marriage ended in divorce. She resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
- 1977: Annie in Wonderland
- 1985: Still Life
- 1989: Annie Haslam
- 1994: Blessing in Disguise
- 1995: Supper's Ready: (Genesis tribute Album) (guest vocalist)
- 1995: Tales From Yesterday (Yes tribute Album) (guest vocalist)
- 1998: Live Under Brazilian Skies
- 1999: The Dawn of Ananda
- 1999: Portraits of Bob Dylan by Steve Howe (album) (guest vocalist)
- 2000: It Snows in Heaven Too
- 2002: One Enchanted Evening
- 2005: Icon by John Wetton & Geoff Downes (album) (guest vocalist)
- 2006: Miles of Music by Bob Miles (guest vocalist)
- 2006: Live Studio Concert
- 2006: Night and Day EP with Magenta written for Haslam by Rob Reed and Christina Booth
- 2007: Woman Transcending
- 2012: Songs of the Century: (Supertramp tribute Album) (guest vocalist)
- 2014: 'Live' Studio Concert Philadelphia 1997 (Re-release)
- 2017: Don't Give Up Single, duet with Jann Klose
- ^ Snider, Charles (2007). The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock (1st ed.). Chicago: Strawberry Bricks. p. 207. ISBN 978-0-615-17566-9
- ^ a b Romano, Will (2010). Mountains come out of the sky: an illustrated history of prog rock (1st Ed.). Montclair, NJ: Blackbeat Books. p. 132. ISBN 978-0-87930-991-6
- ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME's Rock 'n' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 223. ISBN 978-0600576020.
- ^ Snider, Charles (2007). The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock (1st ed.). Chicago: Strawberry Bricks. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-615-17566-9
- ^ Allmusic Renaissance discography. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
- ^ Allmusic Night and Day listing Retrieved 22 March 2014.
- ^ a b Rizzo, Melinda "Annie Haslam: Renaissance woman. The Sound and Colors of Love, Light and Peace" Fine Art Magazine Spring, 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
- ^ One Enchanted Evening (CD album notes). Annie Haslam. Voiceprint. 6 June 2005 [First released 2003]. ASIN B0009GUT8I.
Elliott, Russell W. "The History Of Renaissance". www.nlightsweb.com. Retrieved 2014.
- ^ Baron, John "Annie Haslam 'In the Spirit of the Holidays' at Sellersville Theater," Bucks Local News. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
- ^ Allmusic Biography of Annie Haslam by Jason Ankeny
- ^ "Annie Haslam Interview by Martin Kinch". cherryblossomclinic.110mb.com. Retrieved 2009.
- ^ Gregory, Andy (Ed.) (2002). The International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002. London: Europa Publications. p. 222. ISBN 1857431618.
- ^ Shasho, Ray. "Exclusive Interview with Annie Haslam the Enchanting Songstress of Renaissance". Classic Rock Here and Now. Retrieved 2017.