Anna Aarons & Friends

Female Songwriters of Our Time

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Last Show: Sunday 21 st May 2023

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Join Anna Aarons and special guests as she takes a look at some of the most inspirational female songwriters of our time. Covering a range of classics from the likes of Joni Mitchell, Carole King to Adele and Amy Winehouse, Anna & friends also show how these songwriters have inspired them.

Anna Aarons has achieved multiple sold-out shows at Pizza Express Live with her successful tribute evening, In Memory of Amy, dedicated to the late, great Amy Winehouse. In 2022 she also performed a tribute to the late Eva Cassidy - a singer who always performed unique covers of well known songs. Having successfully tributed these two great singers (and songwriter in Winehouse's case), Aarons now brings a new show to Pizza Express Live that pays homage to a great array of female singers and songwriters of our time - from the likes of Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone to Alicia Keys and Adele. Joining Anna will be Irish folk singer Julia Maria, soul singer Tia De Gannes and a Pizza Express favourite, Louise Golbey. 

Anna Aarons

Anna Aarons began her singing career as a busker on the London Underground where she often got likened to the late, great Amy Winehouse. This then inspired her to produce her multiple sold-out show 'In Memory of Amy' which she performs annually with her 7 piece band at Pizza Express Live. Anna's original music is a range of soul inspired pop, all inspired by familial influences in her life.

Louise Golbey 

The voice behind the Mercedes EQS advert, Louise Golbey is a an established artist who’s played at Glastonbury and Isle of Wight festivals, recorded at Maida Vale for the BBC and performs

Regularly at London’s most iconic venues. Not only has she played alongside the likes of Paloma Faith, Jessie J, Sam Smith, Lianne Lahavas & Ed Sheeran (who is also in one of her music videos).

But she is one of the most in demand support acts who has opened for George Benson, En Vogue, Roberta Flack, The Stylistics, and Roy Ayers, Evelyn Champagne King, Omar, Heatwave and Eric Benet.

Louise also performed at The o2 arena for the Electric Soul Festival in 2019 (hosted by Trevor Nelson) alongside Kool and The Gang, Brand New Heavies and Level 42.  

She has written tracks with Example, The Newham Generals and Dan Dare (who was behind the Joel Corry /MKEK hit Head n Heart in 2020) and is currently working with Grammy winning songwriter Rob Davis (‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’).

And Louise has written for TV series, film and adverts. She also hosts The Songwriter’s Podcast in association with The Ivors Academy and PRS for Music M Magazine.

Louise recently released her second studio album ‘Renaissance’ which has been very well received and showcases Louise’s strongest and most personal recordings to date. 

Julia Maria 

Julia-Maria is an artist emerging at full force. Hailing from Ireland now living in London, the multi-instrumentalist is already on many radars as ‘one to watch’. Julia-Maria's music has resonances of Maggie Rodgers, Phoebe Bridgers, Feist, and Joni Mitchell.

Drawing on her Celtic roots, Julia-Maria's music has emotional intensity with vibrant instrumentalism and haunting vocals. The blend of her classical background as a cellist and folk-pop roots creates a unique and immersive musical experience at her live shows. 

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Tia De Gannes

Tia De Gannes is an artist, vocal activist and storyteller. Born and raised in the West Midlands, her inspirations come from raw, lived experiences, embracing underground talent. A granddaughter of the Windrush Era, Tia's influences range from Amy Winehouse, The Internet, Beres Hamond, Luther Vandross and more, leading to an eclectic sound that infuses neo soul, reggae and alternative RnB.

Tia has made her mark performing at many music and jam nights across the West Midlands and now London. Her debut single DAWGS was released in 2019, followed by 'Protect Your Energy'. 

Band Line Up

Anna Aarons (vocals)
Julia Maria (vocals)
Tia De Gannes (vocals)
Louise Golbey (vocals)
Magnus Ericson (guitar)
Mehmet Raif (bass)
Kyle Lowen (drums)