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Interview with Annika

  • Broadcast in Country Music
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Alberta's ANNIKA recently released not 1 but 2 singles on the same day: "I Really Don't Want To" & "It Still Hurts". It's something she calls a 'twingle' - twin singles.

She's taking a new musical direction since moving on from the CCMA-nominated country-pop duo Leaving Thomas. The duo accumulated over 6 million career streams and was nominated for multiple CCMA Awards and placed top 3 in SiriusXM's Top of The Country Competition.

"I Really Don't Want To" is a heavy-hitting musical jam with a message of empowerment while at the same time, describing the intoxicating, sometimes impossible to understand feeling of falling in love. ‘It Still Hurts’ outlines the painful, often lengthy healing process required after a love goes wrong. 

"The single "I Really Don't Want To" has a message that hits home for me as someone that has a history of falling in love, completely unafraid and uninhibited every time even though I knew heartbreak was likely around the corner,” explains Annika. “After so many breakups, I got used to picking myself back up and carrying on without resentment or a jaded attitude towards love. The bluesy, soulful sound of the song is uplifting in nature, making it a great tune to jam out to on the piano and I loved that while recording, I could really let loose on the vocals."

To date, Annika has co-written over 100 songs with hit writers including Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Phil Barton, Brian White, Patricia Conroy and Liz Rose.