Ann Anello's Biography
"A Standout", according to The New Yorker, Ann Anello is one of the most sought after, creative and respected singer, performer, songwriters working in the entertainment industry today. Her boundless energy and captivating personality have been dazzling audiences in every corner of the world for more than three decades. She possesses an abundance of the one talent common to all great artists - the ability to electrify an audience.
On May 7, 2006, Ann was invited to perform with Carol Burnett at the Encompass New Opera Theatre's tribute to legendary composer Charles Strouse at the famed National Arts Club in New York where she sang "Welcome to the Theater", as well as a special parody of "Tomorrow" written by Martin Charnin from their 1976 Tony award-winning Broadway musical Annie.
Ann has appeared on Broadway herself at the Shubert Theater in "An Evening of Music and Songs" with musical theatre luminaries Strouse & Adams, Kander and Ebb and Sheldon Harnick. She won critical acclaim in Leonard Sillman's "The Best of New Faces" and at the famed "Lyrics and Lyricists" series at the 92nd St. Y, as well as in New York cabaret performances at the Rainbow Room, the King Cole Room at the St. Regis, The Ballroom and Alice Tully Hall.
Ann has also graced the stages at a number of regional theaters and concert halls across the nation, including the John Drew Theater in East Hampton, Long Island; Kleinman's Music Hall with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; The Dome Arena with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; the Cleveland Institute of Music; Detroit's Ford Auditorium; the Saenger Performing Arts Center in New Orleans, The Coral Springs Center and New Jersey's Garden State Arts Center. Notable resort and club appearances include the Hilton Hotel in Atlantic City, The Concord, the Wyndham Aruba Resort, the Curacao Hilton, the El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico and Studio 1 in Los Angeles. In addition, she has appeared in concert in Japan, Australia and throughout Europe.
Her powerful, soulful, dynamic voice has taken her on some of the finest cruise ships in the world, including Cunard Lines' QE2, Crystal Cruises' Crystal Harmony, Royal Viking Sun, the Raddison Diamond and Costa Cruise Lines.
Major show business names have been impressed with Ann's extraordinary talent. The list of celebrities she has performed with reads like a Who' Who of American entertainment and include Johnny Carson, Sammy Davis Jr., Bobe Hope, Andy Garcia, Robert Klein, Sammy Cahn, Aidan Quinn, Brett Butler, Carly Simon, Cary Grant, Frankie Valli, Lloyd Price, Oscar Peterson, Pat Cooper and Phyllis Diller, among many others. She co-starred with Jackie Mason in the film The Stoolie and also wrote the theme song.
As a songwriter, Ann is in much demand for broadcasts across television and has written theme songs and background music for CBS's Guiding Light, ABC's One Life to Live, NBC's Another World and the CBS world premier movie Indefensible. With longtime collaborator and jazz impresario Mitch Kerper, Ann also wrote and performed "America" for the Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebration, which aired on ABC. Ann was born in Brooklyn, NY of Italian descent and is a theater degree graduate of Marymount Manhattan College.
Many major publications, including The New York Times have praised Ann as a "major talent, bright, positive and with a voice that is merely this side of marvelous", but perhaps this quote taken from famed critic Rex Reed best sums up the masterful artistry of this versatile singing diva extraordinaire - "a bombshell who sings in cinemascope, her voice can rise and quiver with thrilling versatility. This girl is going places."