From Broadway stage to hot new pop and dance club soundtracks all around the US, Annie Baltic is a multi-talented musical force of nature – a fresh, contemporary young performer whose bold and freewheeling creative spirit transcends easy categorization. Since wrapping her role of Jane Banks in The Disney Company’s run of “Mary Poppins” at the New Amsterdam Theatre, the now 16 year old New York based artist – a musical theatre veteran who performed with national touring companies since age nine – has blossomed as a singer and songwriter. With the release of her infectious debut dance single “LOW KEY” in 2014, Annie began her independent music path. Annie has followed up with new solo single “ALL BY MYSELF”, released December 2015, and completed musical collaboration for the vocals on EDM sensation “ALL WE ARE”, quickly breaking through as an emerging pop/dance recording artist to know.
Cementing this musical path, Annie is working now with WayHot!Worldwide Records (since the Spring 2015) to create her first original pop / dance / R&B EP – which is scheduled for release in mid 2017. As a teaser for this EP, her pop single “ALL BY MYSELF” was released in December 2015. ALL BY MYSELF is an infectious anthem that celebrates a day in the life of every fun loving teen. What makes this song amazing is that no matter who or what age you are, you’ll find yourself singing background along to Annie’s fresh, vibrant, and beautifully sung vocals.
Showcasing Annie’s range and broad appeal, her EDM collaboration with Aiden Jude on “ALL WE ARE” was released to rave reviews in April 2015 at the Miami Winter Music Festival.
In 2014, helmed by Grammy nominated producer / remixer Mike Rizzo – Annie’s debut dance single voyage “Low Key” (written by Annie) was an instant dance club hit. The track debuted at #50 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club chart and ultimately reached #23. On the influential DJ Times National Dance/Crossover chart, it reached #13 – placing Annie among superstars Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Lopez in the rankings.
Often with teenage artists, top producers call the shots, taking hold of their vision and fitting the singer into the producer’s established vibe. Annie is unique in that she is the writer of much of her material. For example, on “Low Key”, she and Rizzo had a unique creative connection in which he gave her complete freedom as a songwriter, while encouraging her to take risks and experiment. It could be no other way for Annie, a natural at composing music and lyrics who started writing songs when she was 10 and began recording at age 12.
Lyrically she is inspired by personal experiences in her life as well as the things that are most important to her, starting with family, love, home and friends. Musically, from the time she was three years old and ran around the house belting out songs as diverse as “I Have Nothing”, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Orange Colored Sky”, “ Canned Heat“ (from Napoleon Dynamite) and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” Annie’s been a sponge, drawing musical inspiration from R&B, electro-pop, classic rock, Broadway theatre and jazz. Her influences range from contemporary pop stars such as Selena Gomez, Beyonce, Rita Ora, and Charli XCX to soulful artists Nora Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae, blues greats Bill Withers and Eric Burdon and The Animals, and late classic greats Eva Cassidy, and Ella Fitzgerald.
She has an incredible catalog of songs she’s waiting to share with the world, including “With Love” and “Happiness” inspired by family and new friends; “Message In A Bottle,” about missing and trying to keep in touch with sister Erin; and “Again and Again,” a song that has a powerful message about bullying and fighting back. She writes when she has quiet time and inspiration, particularly on weekends and summers when she and her family switch from life in New York City to the farm in rural Pennsylvania.
“After many years of playing characters in musicals and singing songs that told stories that other talented artists had written, it’s very liberating to now write and sing from my own heart as an artist with my own unique voice,” says Annie. “Right now pop, dance and R&B are my favorite genres of music – melding these into songs that are fun and upbeat and perfect to share the way I see life right now. I hope that any kid growing up and dealing with life can relate to these songs, helping to relate to the world and find out who they are. I feel that all of my experiences growing up performing in shows traveling on the road have helped me grow up more quickly and given me a stronger idea of who I am as a person and as an artist.”
“I feel like the music I am making is meaningful to me and I’m connected emotionally to these songs –more so than if I was working with outside writers and musicians,” she adds. “I wrote ‘Low Key’ about that one special meeting with a new person that you want to replay over and over. And I’m really excited about the upcoming singles, “Gameboy” and “It’s A Fantasy” which are fun, feel-good summer songs that remind me of hanging out with friends during the summer break.”
Not surprisingly considering her rich history as a young stage performer, Annie also loves acting and often gets song ideas from assignments she works on in her acting classes. She has been performing since age five, including stints in professional productions in over 30 U.S. cities as well as Toronto and Mexico City. During her early childhood years in Westchester outside New York City, she discovered her joy for musical theatre when Erin suggested that Annie audition for the spring production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” at local theater company Random Farms Kids Theater (RFKT). Annie was quickly hooked, and subsequently performed in more than 10 productions for RFKT, including “Alice in Wonderland” (playing Alice), “A Little Princess” (Sara) “Snow White” (as Snow White), Willy Wonka (Veruca), and Tom Sawyer (Becky).
After a successful showcase in NYC earned her a prominent agent and manager, Annie began her professional theater career in 2009 with Off-Broadway performances in “Pucelandia the Musical” and the reading of “1812 the Musical.” In early 2011, she scored the national tour of the American classic “The Music Man” and was on the road with her mom for several months, performing in both big cities and small towns across America. She soon hit the road again with the national tour of “Mary Poppins,” which played in major cities Chicago, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Toronto and Mexico City. When that tour ended, Annie was invited by Disney to reprise her role as Jane Banks in the Broadway production of Mary Poppins. Broadway was a dream-come-true for Annie and she played Jane again and again under the White Lights of Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theater on 42nd Street. Being home in NYC allowed her more time to continue her songwriting and move in that direction. In addition to her theater and singing career, Annie has also performed in several independent and educational films and commercials, and has done numerous voiceovers.
As she has developed as a multi-talented performer and artist, Annie has also found unique ways of giving back – such as charity performances including a recent gig at Club 4Sixty6 in West Orange, NJ for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. In addition, Annie’s family farm was home to a the non-profit equestrian center Horses-4-Hope, whose mission is to provide refuge and give homes to donated or neglected horses and offer free therapy to people with physical, mental, emotional, speech and learning disabilities. The goal of Horses-4-Hope is to build hope and increase self-esteem through the joy of horseback riding, while saving the horses. Among other contributions, Annie has designed great custom T-shirts that can be purchased through her website that goes 100% to help Horses-4-Hope.
“With ‘LOW KEY ’, ‘ALL WE ARE’ and ‘ALL BY MYSELF’ hitting the charts and my new upcoming EP about to be released, this is a very exciting time for me,” says Annie. “I really love all aspects of being an artist, from the opportunity to write my own music and bring it to life in the studio, and then connect with the audience. It’s fascinating to start with an event that happens in my life and then to take that, write about it, refine it and then record a new song that brings the experience to life in a whole new way. For me, music is all about sharing myself, my thoughts, my fears and my dreams with other people, and I look forward to many exciting new opportunities to do that in the near future.”