Swedish-American singer-songwriter Anouschka has performed for millions on TV and Radio in East Africa and her songs play worldwide. She is an inspiration to many for her musical journey and for advocating craft and gender equality. "I have always followed the song", she says, "even when it was an uphill battle." Her resume includes tours in USA, Sweden, Germany and festivals in Sweden, USA,Germany and Canada.
She offers versatility, guitar proficiency and quality content. Rune Häger, Rootsy Magazine, Sweden, explains: "Anouschka's songs have long, rich texts...exciting and full of emotion, whether she works in the jazz, blues or rock idiom."
Music is a spiritual journey for Anouschka; she considers herself a Song Catcher more than a commercial commodity. Her songs are inspired by a life of ups and downs in Europe, USA, Asia, and Africa. She has worked in various fields to support her music career- everything from selling chicken wings at McDonalds to being Acting Chancellor of the Swedish Consulate and a reporter for NPR.
Home of Rock, Germany writes, "She is a master of versatility and depth." Her songs have layers. You can enjoy them as music or dive deeper to find gems and a depth often missing in todays artists. French magazine La Coyote. writes "Her song "Silently" is a Bob Dylan level song, a pearl."
Background Anouschka began her journey when her Swedish grandmother gave her a guitar at the age of 13. Her family moved often because of her fathers work as an Army doctor and she was bullied at school as the new kid on the block. She found solace in music and taught herself to play and began writing. As a teenager, she was lead singer for an all-girl rock band in Sweden. She eventually moved to New York, and later Boston, to pursue more opportunities. During these East Coast years, she often found herself the only female guitarist and songwriter at industry events, guitar classes at Berklee College of Music, and jam sessions. She remained true to her passion and paid her dues through hard work and perseverance. "I am extremely grateful for Berklee. It raised me as a musician and songwriter to a whole other level. " she says of her Achievement Scholarship from the famous music college. She graduated Cum Laude in 1996. (Anouschka also has a Political Science Degree from Tufts University, and a MA in Natural Resource Management from Stockholm University, Sweden.
Debut EP "Anouschka" Anouschka released her debut EP "Anouschka" while at Berklee College of Music. Upon graduating, she relocated to Los Angeles. Leading industry magazine Music Connection reviewed a performance, calling her “A strong vocalist, but a surprisingly fine, subtle acoustic guitarist.” Chad Goodell.
My Kind if Heartbreak" In 2005, Anouschka returned to Sweden where she stumbled onto a blues jam. She became a common figure there as the sole woman jumping up on stage with her guitar, improvising songs on the fly. This resulted in her blues-influenced album "My Kind if Heartbreak". Toxic Pete, Rhythm & Booze,U.K., wrote "Impressive writing is showcased by very professionally handled instrumentation and attention to detail." It placed 2nd on the Midnight Blues Station in Paris, France upon its release and went on steady rotation on the Dr. Lou show in Philadelphia, USA. Her band line-up included Chuck Anthony (Eric Bibb) and James Bradly Jr on drums (Chuck Mangione, Slash, Marys Danish) However, it proved difficult to get bookings in Sweden to keep the band alive. In 2009 Anouschka moved to Berlin seeking work opportunities. She worked as the music reporter for NPR Berlin 104.1 FM, acted in numerous anti-fascist underground plays, and released the EP "So Why?" and "Hollywood Ending" (her first solo album).
Anti Trophy Hunting Song Her love of wildlife led her to volunteer in South Africa in 2010. She trained as a Field Guide in the Bush for three months. Award winning preservationist there Gareth Patterson, asked her to write the widely popular song “Dying to be Free” to protest canned lion hunting. It became the campaign song for the Global March of Lions 2014. The campaign was held in 60 countries. Unable to make it to South Africa for the protest, Anouschka performed her song with Tribal Leaders and noted environmentalists at the Capitol FM Breakfast Show, Nairobi, Kenya.
Kenyan Influences By then, she had already recorded her first music in Kenya fusing East African beats and Kiswahili into her songwriting. In doing so, she set a trend since followed by other artists. The title track "Shine" was nominated out of 240,000 entries in the JPF Awards, USA. The rack, "To Know Love" went on steady rotation in the UK. The track "Hey Day", received Honourable Mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Awards.
Fashion Brand Anouschka launched her fashion brand, Song Queen Couture in 2017. The slogan: "For the song in every woman 'cause you weren't born to be a groupie."
Producer In 2018 she released her first self-produced urban track "Holding On". The track received accolades and was played in USA, UK, Australia . It includes Emmy-Award Winning spoken-word poet Matthew, bass by Max (Beyoncé, Raphael Saadiq, Party Next Door), and mixing by Grammy-Nominated Beau Vallis (Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne)
On the live front, she made her first Canadian appearance at Live at Heart Festival, Canada wand showcased at the music industry event MIDEM 2019.
Professional Societies Anouschka is a member of ASCAP/STIM, and SKAP, Sweden.
Charity Anouschka is an advocate for wildlife preservation, education out of poverty, and gender equality. She was given an African name "Chadi" by the Giriama Community on the coast after crowd funding money to build school desks for a local school. She was Speaker of the Day for the YMCA, Kenya on International Woman's Day in 2018, and mentor for the legendary Mr and Mrs Kibera Festival in Kibera, Nairobi. She continues to inspire others to own their creative vision, and to build bridges through the arts.