After the highly successful release of her debut EP, winning National and international radio play with fans across the country, including the likes of Clare Bowditch and Archie Roach Anna is set to release her record november 2017.
"Cordell is the kind of artist who has the potential to be a firm favourite with Aussie audiences, we can't wait to see what happens." Double J
“The most moving and enthralling folk tunes we’ve heard all year.” TONEDEAF
“These walls from Anna Cordell is spellbinding” Happy
“Delicate and haunting...comes from a patient and knowing heart and will stir a yearning in yours.” Caz Tran, TRIPLE J
"There is something in her voice that makes me happy and sad at the same time" Frank Gutch Jr. No Depression USA
Anna Cordell’s rich folk music straddles that place between light and dark where true human emotion exists, her penchant for the minor key coupled with her intricate nylon and electric guitar playing and haunting yet uplifting voice make for an incredibly enthralling performance.
Cordell’s music went and lost its priority after she completed university and fell into fashion design after deciding she was too sensitive to handle the strains of the music industry.
After 8 years without touching an instrument, finding designing for large corporations 'entertaining but meaningless' Cordell began having her doubts about whether she'd made the right choice. She picked up her grandmothers old nylon guitar to see what might come back to her. To her amazement, a flood of songs came pouring out, and after sharing them to surprised friends who had no idea about her musical past, she decided to try a few quiet shows. The response was more than encouraging, and before long, Cordell had quit fashion and pulled together an impressive collection of musicians to perform with.
Since 2015 Cordell has been gigging profusely at festivals and Melbourne venues including The Gasometer, Howler, The Corner Hotel, the Grace Darling and the Northcote social club alongside a broad range of artists including LANKS, William Crighton, Rob Snarsky, Leah Senior, Julia Jacklin, and was 'special guest' to both CLAIRE BOWDTICH and ARCHIE ROACH.
Growing up on the Mornington Peninsula Cordell was part of a large Catholic family with the church being her first real introduction to music. “I guess I am subconsciously influenced by the pattern of church music. I used to go to a monastery with my grandparents where the monks sang this beautiful stuff, I’ll never forget it,” explains Cordell. However, it is another aspect of Cordell’s spiritual upbringing that has profoundly impacted her song writing, “So many of my songs have been born from my own spiritual struggle. I’m naturally a bit of a hedonistic but I’ve been brought up in this intense tradition which teaches you how to live: unselfishly. It’s aways asking me draw back from worldliness, to have faith in something greater, which is so hard, I’m not great at it!”
Cordell doesn’t mind a bit of melancholy, which she share with her main influences, Nick Drake, Townes Van Zant, Radiohead and Diane Cluck.
“I love the minor key and unresolved open chords. To me they represent a few things to me: Writing songs in the minor key seems to elicit an unspoken melancholy. And the unresolved open chords are moments asking for resolution. These chords lend themselves to be lead in a new direction. And then eventually this will resolve on a major chord the moment of reprieve, hope, relief,” contends Cordell.