TRIBE: Anishinaabe / Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
LOCATION: Deer River, Minnesota
Annie Humphrey is a singer, songwriter and visual artist born and raised on the Leech Lake Reservation in Northern Minnesota.
"Poetry + music = song. I write songs because there is so much beauty, injustice, sadness and love in the world and there always will be.
These things inspire me. I will never run out of things to write about. The songs I write are simple lyrically and musically. I think that the simplicity makes them powerful. For me, songwriting is a way to say things that I cannot speak because the world moves too fast to care how I feel. The world moves too fast to care about what I have to say, but people will sit in a seat and listen to me sing," Annie says.
Annie is working on a new CD release during her 2017 fellowship project. Her first recording, The Heron Smiled, won her national recognition as Female Artist of the Year and Best Folk Recording at the 2000 Native American Music Awards. The title track of her second recording in 2003, Edge of America, was later featured on Chris Eyre's film Edge of America. She was also nominated for Artist of the Year at the 16th Annual Native American Music Awards for her 2016 album Uncombed Hair.