Annabel Fay

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Annabel Fay
Birth name Annabel Charlotte Fay
Born (1987-10-23) 23 October 1987 (age 27)[1][2]
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Pop, soul, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels EMI, Siren Records

Annabel Charlotte Fay (born 23 October 1987) is a pop recording artist from Auckland, New Zealand; and the daughter of merchant banker Sir Michael Fay. She first appeared on the New Zealand music scene in late 2006 as a nineteen-year-old with her debut single, "Lovin' You Baby". The single peaked at No. 9 and spent 8 weeks on the New Zealand Top 40 Singles Chart.[3]

Life and career[edit]

1987–2006: Early Life[edit]

Annabel Charlotte Fay was born 23 October 1987[4][5] in Auckland, New Zealand.[6] She was sent to school in Switzerland and then Virginia by her father, multimillionaire Sir Michael Fay,[6] whose wealth is estimated at NZ$660 million. Having loved music from an early age, Fay planned to study vocal performance and audio engineering at Columbia College Chicago.[6] All that changed when a music promotor heard her sing while performing at a Christmas party in New Zealand.[6] He convinced her to record a demo of cover songs, which was then heard by Tracy Magan of Siren Records. After signing to Siren Records, Fay recorded her debut album in New Zealand and put her plans to attend college on indefinite hold.[6]

2007–08: Annabel Fay[edit]

Main article: Annabel Fay (album)

Fay's debut single, "Lovin' You Baby", was released to the New Zealand market in late 2006. It peaked at No. 9 and spent 8 weeks on the New Zealand Top 40 Singles chart.[3] Her second single, "Shake It Off", was release in August to coincide with the release of her third single, "Strong". Fay's self-titled debut album, Annabel Fay, was subsequently released through Siren Records on 21 August 2007. It was recorded with producer Brady Blade, formerly Emmylou Harris's drummer, who also produced Brooke Fraser's debut album. Annabel Fay debuted on the Official New Zealand Top 40 Albums Chart on 27 August 2007 and peaked at No. 30.[7] The album signed to Siren Records and distributed through EMI Records and earned her a Vodafone NZ Music Award nomination for Best Female Artist in 2008.[8]

2011: Show Me the Right Way[edit]

Main article: Show Me the Right Way

Her second album, Show Me the Right Way, was released by EMI on 11 April 2011.[9] The album was not as successful as her debut, selling only 1,300 copies in the first month[10] despite the lead single, "River", peaking at No. 10 on the New Zealand Top 40 Singles Chart.[11][12] The album peaked on the Official New Zealand Top 40 Albums Chart at No. 8 and stayed on the chart for five weeks.[13] The album and music videos were partly funded by New Zealand On Air, a fact that was criticised in the New Zealand press.[14][15][16][17]



Year Title Details Peak chart
2007 Annabel Fay
  • Released: 21 August 2007
  • Label: Siren Records
2011 Show Me the Right Way
  • Released: 11 April 2011
  • Label: Siren Records
2015 Brave the Rain
  • Released: TBC
  • Label: Fable Records
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2006 "Lovin You Baby" 9 Annabel Fay
2007 "Shake It Off"
"Strong" 18
2010 "River" 10 Show Me the Right Way
2011 "Show Me the Right Way" 16
"Already Home"
2012 "Hold On" Brave the Rain
2013 "Warrior"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ Annabel Fay Biography Retrieved J 7 July 2012.
  2. ^ Happy Birthday Annabel Fay! Retrieved 7 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Lovin' You Baby – Annabel Fay – Top 40 Singles". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Annabel Fay Biography Retrieved J 7 July 2012
  5. ^ Happy Birthday Annabel Fay! Retrieved 7 July 2012
  6. ^ a b c d e "Annabel Fay biography". MTV. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Annabel Fay". Max Foundation. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "2008 Vodafone NZ Music Award Nominees – NZ Herald News". 4 September 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  10. ^ John Drinnan on business (13 May 2011). "Media: Did TVNZ learn nothing from the Paul Henry debacle? – Business – NZ Herald News". Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Annabel Fay – River". Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Album Review: Annabel Fay, Show Me the Right Way – Music – NZ Herald News,, 11 April 2011, retrieved 2 December 2011 
  13. ^ "Show Me The Right Way – Annabel Fay – Top 40 Albums". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Annabel Fay's rich sound all her own – Entertainment – NZ Herald News". 19 August 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "The joke that is NZ On Air funding: II". 14 December 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  16. ^ Celebrity (23 February 2014). "Annabel Fay's treasured memories – Celebrity – Kiwi celebrities – New Zealand Woman's Weekly". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Website reveals Crown dollars delivered to broadcasters, musicians | The National Business Review". 22 July 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "ANNABEL FAY IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Retrieved 23 May 2013. 

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