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Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Annabelle was immersed in Montreal's eclectic arts scene in the 90's and early 2000's, performing regularly at Le Boudoir, a queer, feminist 1920s-inspired cabaret series, and self-releasing four full-length albums between 1997-2003. In 2004 Annabelle joined The Wailin’ Jennys and wrote four songs on the multiple award-winning album Firecracker, which was on the Billboard Bluegrass charts for 69 weeks, peaking at #2. After departing from the Jennys, she released the album Resilience (2008), produced by the Grammy-winning Roma Baran (Laurie Anderson) and Vivian Stoll, Rise (2012), co-produced with Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Ron Sexsmith), and Be The Media (2015), co-produced with Jeff Oehler of Beehive Productions. Rise was nominated for a Juno Award in the Roots and Traditional Album of the Year category, and both Rise and Resilience were nominated for Contemporary Album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Annabelle also co-wrote two songs with Bruce Cockburn for his Juno-winning album A Small Source of Comfort (2011).

In 2015, Annabelle was forced into a slower and quieter pace due to a series of health crises, including an ongoing struggle with severe hearing loss and tinnitus in her left ear triggered by a feedback blast during a soundcheck in England in 2008. Determined to continue her artistic practice, she began exploring new ways to create music while coming to terms with her late-deafness. Supported by Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts, Annabelle became the artist-in-residence at Toronto's community-based Echo Women's Choir between 2016-18, where she developed her skills in choral arrangement, composition and conducting under the mentorship of choral directors, Alan Gasser and Becca Whitla. In 2017, Annabelle played her first gigs in Montevideo with Fernando Rosa on bass and Arturo Chilindron on drums.  Annabelle's music was well-received by Uruguayan audiences, inspiring the newly-formed ensemble to deepen their collaboration from within Fernando's diverse musical community. ... new music coming soon!