Born in Wausau, Wisconsin, Annahstasia grew up in a musical household in Los Angeles. Predominantly influenced by soul and jazz artists such as Curtis Mayfield, Scott Heron, Billy Holiday, Nina Simone, Asa, James Brown, and Tracy Chapman, Annahstasia’s sound is a little bit of soul and blues with psych rock influences.
Annahstasia’s pensive, lingering lyrics are rooted in hardship. Annahstasia says that she finds a lot of her inspiration in hardship because, “My music is my art, and art has the function of turning pain into beauty. People love beautiful things and hate painful things. If I can make pain into beauty I can make hardship approachable for people because they are being introduced to it in a beautiful form.”
Although Annahstasia didn’t always envision herself performing, she knew that music would play a major role in her life after she began to write on her own to catalogue and encapsulate her experiences. “When I wrote my first song it was magical. That feeling is hard to put in words but, I can say that it is enough to keep me hooked forever…Music has given me so much in such a short time - hopefully I can give as much or more back.”
Annahstasia is currently working on her debut album for Buskin and pursuing her education at Tufts University in Boston.