"A beautiful singer and teller of stories."

Photo By: Cybelle Codish

June 25, 2022

Question everything friends. Empire is trying to numb your feelings, distract you, get you to look away, but you are too wise and your body knows what it knows. It can hurt to feel. It can feel dangerous to feel. But there is so much more power in feeling than we know, and this music is here to help you connect to those feelings. Audra Lorde from "Poetry Is Not A Luxury" -

"When we view living in the european mode only as a problem to be solved, we rely solely upon our ideas to make us free, for these were what the white fathers told us were precious.

But as we become more in touch with our own ancient, non-european consciousness of living as a situation to be experienced and interacted with, we learn more and more to cherish our feelings, and to respect those hidden sources of our power from where true knowledge and, therefore, lasting action comes."

I invite you to have an encounter with this music, to experience and interact with the feelings as if they are your own, sink into their geography and be moved by them. Learning to feel your feelings and not be overwhelmed by them or numb to them is an act of radical love. We need more of that please, from all of us. 




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** To view the "Have No Fear" documentary about Nikki click here.**



Photo By: Cybelle Codish




Photo By: Cybelle Codish

"Absolutely Brilliant"

-  Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

"Some singers have a way of connecting with their audience and Annie Bacon’s storytelling is exceptional" 
-  Folk Radio UK

Folk-rock / Americana with a pounding heart.


Understanding and unpacking complex emotional experiences is elemental to every Annie Bacon song, expressed in achingly Americana and driving folk-rock style. Bacon's ear for "haunting melodies and carefully orchestrated harmonies" (Earmilk) lift her poetic and literary writing style into a cinematic, almost synesthetic, experience. 

She split most of her life between New England and San Francisco, but relocated with her family to Michigan in 2018, where the music community embraced her and provided a network of collaborators and mentors. From that new perch, Bacon undertook the band's sixth project, 2019’s Nothing Stays The Same, and is currently working on two new albums, as well as a longform musical piece (a la her Folk Opera) on the themes of motherhood & war.

Abiding by Buckminster Fuller’s “It has to be Everybody or Nobody” philosophy, Bacon is always at work to foster community - whether through songs that explore the many ways we experience and express our humanity; through mentoring other musicians, especially as a co-coordinator of first the San Francisco and now the Southeast Michigan chapters of the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI), or as a panelist with Balanced Breakfast or Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) events; through uplifting and shining light on unknown artists as a freelance music writer (bylines in KQED, She Shreds, MetroTimes Detroit); or through outright community management (which she does for an online community of 3000+ parents she founded in 2012). 


She’s also done some things: 


With her OSHEN (a rotating cast) she has recorded three albums (one live) and three EPs, all comfortably in the folk-rock and Americana orbits. She also composed a Folk Opera (about love and loss: of memory, places and people) while traveling in the Middle East and southern Africa, recorded an early version of it in 2010 with a 15-person live band and Townsfolk choir with the help of avid fans, and had it adapted by Alphabet Arts as a verse-puppet play for their Puppets & Poets Festival at the Bushwick Theatre in Brooklyn, NY in 2013. In 2016-17 she appeared in a small role in Taylor Mac’s genius “24 Hours of Popular Music” shows in New York and San Francisco.  In 2019, Bacon coordinated and created the title track for the For A Better Life compilation which raised funds for Immigrant Families Together. 




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