Annie Haslam with Renaissance headlining North East Art Rock Festival (NEARfest) on June 23, 2012
|Birth name||Anne Haslam|
|Born||8 June 1947|
|Origin||Bolton, Lancashire, England|
|Genres||Progressive rock, Pop, Folk|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, painter|
Warner Bros. Records
Virgin Records (Japan)
|Associated acts||Renaissance, Nevada|
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.
In 1977, she began her solo career with her album Annie in Wonderland, produced by Roy Wood who played most of the musical instruments, and who also duetted with her on one track, and also performed on the Intergalactic Touring Band album. Haslam and Wood were engaged to be married for four years, which she later described as "Four of the funniest years of my life". 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.
Surviving Breast Cancer
In 1993 Haslam was diagnosed with breast cancer, which she survived and which became the inspiration for her 1994 album, Blessing in Disguise.
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 will be performing with Renaissance at the Cruise to the Edge April 7–12, 2014.
- 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
- 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 Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 223. CN 5585.
- 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
- "Annie Haslam Interview by Martin Kinch". cherryblossomclinic.110mb.com. Retrieved 1 November 2009.
- Allmusic Biography of Annie Haslam by Jason Ankeny
- AnnieHaslam.com – Official page
- Renaissance - Official page
- Annie Haslam Interview with Alison Steele, August 1989
- CD Baby's 2007 page on Woman Transcending with extensive notes by Haslam and her updated biography
- Renaissance discography