ANNAH MAC GREW UP a long way from bright city lights. Raised on a farm, the nearest corner dairy was miles away. The TV reception at her house was awful, and going to school meant a forty-five minute trip on two separate buses. There's still no cellphone service at her parents' home in the Catlins.
Music was always a big part of Annah's life. She and her family featured regularly at local hoedowns, held in an old country hall where fiddles, banjos and even a lagerphone were not an uncommon sight. Later, Annah would travel further afield to concerts and competitions – such as the famed country music Gold Guitar Awards in Gore – to hone her singing skills.
Boarding school in student city Dunedin gave Annah the chance to explore her musical abilities, performing in bars and at local events in between school and her social life.
However, in pursuit of a career in music, she made the decision to head north to the big smoke. Leaving friends and family behind, she packed her suitcase and moved to Auckland when she was only 17.
Annah's choice has paid off. Since the release of her debut album in 2011, she has become a fixture of the Kiwi music scene, touring the country, performing the national anthem for the All Blacks, and opening for boy band One Direction. Her single 'Girl in Stilettos' reached #1 on the New Zealand Artists' Singles Chart, helping Annah Mac become a household name.
It’s not only fans who recognise Annah's talent; critics, too, sing her praises. She has collected a long list of accolades, including an International Song-writing Competition award for her single ‘Celia’, a double platinum hit with ‘Girl in Stilettos’, and multiple VNZMA and Silver Scroll nominations.
At 24 Annah Mac has started her own record label, and looks forward to sharing a new direction with fans as she continues to write fresh, original music.