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La Vie En Orange


Heartfelt, authentic songs in three languages. Stories taken from real life with a touch of romance. Quiet sounds that make waves. Melodies that touch your heart. These are the keys to Annika Jayne's music.

First inspired by American folk music, and later on also by French and German songs, it seemed only natural for Annika to express her emotions in these three languages. Even if all the three languages have their reserved space in the songwriting of the artist, it is especially the French chanson that are closest to her heart. In august 2016, Annika participated at the Labos Chanson at Astaffort, a songwriting workshop organized by Voix Du Sud, the famous songwriting school of Francis Cabrel. There she had the chance to work on French chansons together with with Olivier Daguerre, Bastien Lanza and Davy Kilembe.

Regarding first experience on stage, she started performing during her time at university, taking the chance to play at Open Mic Nights and festivals. For instance, in 2007, she performed during the festival Heidelberger Herbst and also played twice at the French Week in Heidelberg. In between she played smaller gigs including two concerts in Paris. In the spring of 2014, after a baby break, she performed at the renowned Song & Talk at the Kaiserhof Hotel in Saarbrücken, a place introducing new singer-songwriters. Annika is performing in the Rhein-Neckar-Region on a regular basis since.

In 2009 Annika recorded her first album Fabulous Sceneries on which she introduces 12 songs in English and French which she wrote over the years. The album was recorded and produced by Amin Jan Sayed at syemusic studio in Viernheim. A special focus lies on the simple arrangements of the songs, concentrating on Annika's fine voice accompanied by acoustic guitar, e-bass, slide-guitar, cello, glockenspiel and accordion. In her songs she creates a warm sound, that with its mix of folk, chanson and chamber folk could be described as orange. Fabulous Sceneries is Annika's treasure-box as well as her journey through time and different places. The lyrics are poetic and natural, partly colourful, partly observing, partly melancholic, telling stories inspired by Annika's personal experiences as well as movies, books and other musicians. The listeners are taken on a journey through fabulous sceneries. During their journey they will find sunflower fields, stardust, dreams, love waltzes, rain words, deserted beaches in autumn as well as gentle moments of love.