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For Annee Matko, creating and playing music isn’t simply an enjoyable pastime, it’s truly a part of her identity, a means of communication, a path on which she navigates life. You can hear this ring true in her soulful voice, whether it’s an original piece, an interpretation of another artist’s work or a melody in her place of worship. “Oftentimes we struggle through the same heartache and difficulties in life and hearing a song or lyrics from an artist that you relate to, can make you feel a part of something greater and give you hope and reassurance that you're not alone,” she says.
Q. How would you describe yourself and who you are as an artist?
A. I was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and currently reside in the beautiful city of Chardon. Music has always been a huge part of who I am. I have been covering, performing and creating music for 20+ years, playing at weddings, parties, book stores, coffee shops, wineries and leading music at church. I enjoy playing all different genres of music with a great love for folk. I love making cover songs uniquely my own with my beloved Nord keyboard and fender guitar. I also enjoy writing my own original music based on my own life experiences.
Q. Can you talk a little about your creative process? How do you generate new ideas?
A. My creative process generally begins with a circumstance/situation I am going through. (Most often a difficult one) A way to cope with all my thoughts and feelings, I put them into lyrics as a form of poetry. Oftentimes, I wake up in the middle of the night with new song melodies in my head and I can't fall back to sleep until I put my music down on paper.
Q. What or who influences you when you’re creating?
A. I’m greatly influenced by my faith. As many songs as I can write about heartbreak and relationships, I equally am moved to write about God's grace and goodness to me in my life. I feel it is important to acknowledge God in my gifts as I feel He is the one who gave them to me. So, writing songs for him and leading church worship is a way I choose to use my gifts for His glory.
Q. What’s your idea of artistic or creative success?
A. My idea of creative success would be to be able to move and connect with people through my music. We often struggle through the same heartache and difficulties in life and hearing a song or lyrics from an artist that you relate to, can make you feel a part of something greater, give you hope and reassurance that you're not alone. In this world we are here to love and support one another. What better way to reach another person than through music?
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