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November 17, 2014 – (Please scroll down for more news!)

Annie Haslam's New Music Store for Annie's Solo Gems

I now have my own digital music store for my solo releases that some you may not know about.

It Snows in Heaven Too and Snowball are perfect for the holiday season and were both collaborations with Rave Tesar, Renaissance keyboard player and producer. 

Under Brazilian Skies is a 'live' album recorded in Brazil in 1997, my first trip to Brazil to perform. One Enchanted Evening another intimate 'live' experience of songs that have influenced my singing career and life. The Dawn of Ananda celebrates my belief in Angels and Woman Transcending is a collection of rare and some unreleased tracks from my solo career.

Click Here for the new store.



November 10, 2014

Annie Haslam Live In Philadelphia 1997 DVD Re-Issue

I am overjoyed to announce that I am releasing my 1997 ‘Live’ in Philadelphia DVD on my own label White Dove Records. The show was recorded at Sonic Studios in Philadelphia with a small intimate crowd of fans in attendance. We had so much fun and interaction with the fans and I even used my video camera (Haslam-Cam!) the whole experience was exhilarating.

My band, Rave Tesar, Davd Biglin and Joe Goldberger played flawlessly and sounding more like 6 than 3 musicians. The music we performed was a mixture of my solo work and Renaissance, each song having the audience singing along. It was a very special experience for us all.”

Autographed DVD and digital album available at musicstore.anniehaslam.com






July 23, 2014

Annie Haslam Art Exhibit • Celt Iberia Traders, New Hope, PA

August 2nd through September 1st, 2014

Celt-Iberia Traders, in New Hope, PA, is proud to present new works by Annie Haslam, lead vocalist of “Renaissance” and visual artist, with an opening reception featuring Annie, on Saturday, August 2, between 5:00 PM and 8:30 PM. The exhibit, which is located in the upstairs gallery of Celt-Iberia Traders, will run through September 1st.

You are invited to experience Annie’s unique painting style that she describes as ‘Intuitive Abstract Expressionism’.

Celt-Iberia Traders is located in the historic Parry Barn at the entrance to the Bucks County Playhouse Parking Lot in New Hope, PA. Call (215) 862-4922, or email info@celtiberiatraders.com for more information.


Photo by RichardBarnesPhotography.com


July 22, 2014
Renaissance Touring in the Fall – Special Guest: Tom Brislin

Dear Friends,

Please CLICK HERE to view the Renaissance Fall Tour Dates. The band will welcome special guest Tom Brislin on keyboards.

Love,




February 19, 2014

December 12, 2013
Important Message to My Fans

Dear Friends,

Please do NOT buy copies or downloads of my album 'It Snows in Heaven Too' from VOICEPRINT or GONZO MEDIA GROUP, because they are unauthorized.

Thank you!

Love,




November 24, 2013
Annie’s Holiday Shows at the Sellersville Theater, PA

Dear Friends,

I am very happy to be returning to the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA, for two 'In the Spirit of the Holidays' concerts on December 21st and 22nd (matinee).

Performing with me will be my friends Rave Tesar, David J. Keyes, Charles Descarfino and Ryche Chlanda. 

Opening the show will be gifted singer/songwriter Garrett Gardner, who was on Season 4 of NBC's The Voice.

I look forward to being there again and singing some beautiful holiday classics, and of course saying hello after the show.

Please check here for more information.

Love,



July 2, 2013
Renaissance to perform at YESTIVAL August 3rd

Dear Friends,

VERY excited to be part of the very first YESTIVAL on August 3rd 2013. Looking forward to seeing YES of course, and also Simon Collins (Phil's son) with his band Sound of Contact. (The apple didn't fall far from the tree :)

Roger Dean will be there with his art and I will also be showing my art!

Check out the poster for all the info. It will be a day to remember.

Love,







June 19, 2013
Annie to Perform with Jann Klose – Sellersville Theater, Sunday, June 23, 2103

Hi Everyone,

Jann Klose has invited me to be part of his show this Sunday, June 23rd, at The Sellersville Theater, in Sellersville, PA.

I l
ove Jann's music and singing with him and his excellent band! He is a very talented singer songwriter with a great new album out too called 'MOSAIC'.

It will be an evening of powerful music including a brand new song we just wrote together, called "The Lost Kingdom." I know it will be a wonderful show!

Please come if you are in the area (or even if you're not). Sellersville is a lovely theater.

Please share and spread this news. Click this link for more information.

Love,





November 23, 2012
Michael Dunford

My friend of 41 years and partner in Renaissance, Michael Dunford has passed away. Not only was he a great songwriter, his melodies unforgettable and timeless, but his quiet sense of humor was infectious to all who knew him. His expertise and leadership of the band was unsurpassed. Apart from this and more importantly, he was a wonderful Father to William and Oliver and a caring Husband to his wife Clare.

Please hold them in your prayers at this sad time.

We have lost a very special human being. He will remain in my heart forever.




April 14, 2012
Annie Haslam Interview Tonight... Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 11 p.m. EDT

Gagliarchives 88.9 FM (South Jersey/Philadelphia/Jersey Shore); 95.1FM (Burlington/Bristol); 100.7 FM (Mt. Holly/Lumberton/Mt.Laurel)

The program can be heard live on the Internet at http://z889.org and http://auralmoon.com from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. EDT tonight. 

The program will be rebroadcast on Sunday, April 15, on Aural Moon Internet radio only, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT.


April 2, 2012
Renaissance on 'Kickstarter’

Dear Friends,

As many of you know so well, we cherish our fans, the music we have created, and the place we have earned in the history of progressive rock music.  It is painful and disappointing that the very record labels who still happily profit from selling our extensive catalog of albums (from which we receive little if any royalties), have turned their backs and closed their doors to us in favor of working with quick-selling, pre-packaged pop. 

We have been busy composing songs for an album we believe will be the best of our career. Thanks to Kickstarter, social media, lovers of good music, and our own wonderful fans, we're able to reach out directly, and engage your support for the recording and promotion of this first studio album in nearly twelve years: Grandine il Vento.

For your pledges you will receive an album we're sure you'll love, as well as enable us to record and distribute our music with pride and independence from the world of corporatized record companies. 

Please take a look at our Kickstarter page where you will see a short video we made explaining the process and what we are offering for your pledges.

We appreciate the role you might play in helping to make this endeavor a reality.

Love,




Photo by Richard Barnes


February 6, 2012
Annie Haslam at ‘Frock & Roll’

Dear Friends,

I am so excited to have been invited by Pamela Ptak, a gifted Couture Dress Designer, to collaborate with her on a gown for a most unusual fashion show called ‘Frock & Roll’ to be held at The Baum School of Art in Allentown, PA, February 9th – March 2nd 2012.

Pamela came to see one of our Fall Renaissance shows and after hearing our song called ‘The Mystic and The Muse’ felt inspired to create a gown. When she called me about this, it was the perfect opportunity to discuss the possibility of printing a painting (in this case ‘The Muse’) onto fabric and taking it that one step further.

Since I started painting, I have visualised ‘wearing’ my art while singing, now this has become a reality thanks to Pamela and artist/dress designer Ileanna Olympia who so graciously shared her expertise for printing original art onto silk. They have made my dream come true. My painting ‘The Muse’ is now expressed in silk, and with the magical expert hands of Pamela has become a masterpiece.

‘The Muse’ Gown
Annie Haslam • Pamela Ptak © 2012   Photo: Pamela Ptak

The opening night is open to the public and the ‘meet and greet’ is also but involves an entrance fee. I would be so happy if you can join me at these two special events.

Opening reception free and open to the public
Monday, February 13th, 6 - 8pm

Designer Meet and Greet and Fashion show
Saturday, February 25th, event begins at 7pm

Please check out the poster below for more information about the school and the fabulous designers/artists participating.

Love,





January 3, 2012
The Animal Rescue Site

Dear Friends,

Please take a moment to check out the Animal Rescue site.

You can 'click' for free and help to feed homeless animals in need, or you can buy some cool things too. Take a good look around the site, it's very interesting.

Happy New Year,





December 2, 2011
RENAISSANCE DVD/2 CD set OUT NOW!

Dear Friends,

I am so excited and proud to announce that the new Renaissance Limited Edition DVD/2CD set is now available. Please click here.

The band sounds spectacular, and we can now share that with the whole world!

Love,





July 8, 2011
Calling All Renaissance Fans!

http://renaissancetouring.com/2011/07/calling-all-renaissance-fans/


June 9, 2011
Annie Haslam Joins  'Music Saves • Benefit for Japan'

Dear Friends,

What started off as a request for me to record a video message in support of Japanese earthquake victims and a special benefit concert at The Bottom Line in Nagoya Japan, has turned into my actually going there to perform!

A few weeks after the earthquake there was a photo that came up on my computer 'news' page of a 75-year-old farmer, Kunio Shiga, stranded and alone sitting amongst the debris of his home four weeks after the deadly Tsunami had ripped through his village, Minami Soma, and his homeland. It made me cry like so many of the devastating images I had seen every day, but for some reason this image stayed with me.
I remember the headline well, 'Stranded and Alone'.

Then shortly after, I was approached by Kink Kume, a long-time friend who was organizing a benefit show in Nagoya to raise funds for the Japanese people affected by this terrible disaster! My mind immediately went back to when Renaissance performed in Japan last August, and as always, we were greeted so warmly by our Japanese fans.

This is a perfect opportunity to give something of myself for no other reason than to give my time and support in song and art. So, I am looking forward to this very special week in my life that I know will be memorable in many ways.

I will be singing, accompanied by Japanese musicians, and am also taking some paintings to auction. The show is 'Music Saves • Benefit for Japan', June 19, 2011. It will be 'streamed' online at Ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bottomlinejp

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Japan time), June 19, 2011, 1:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. EDST, USA, on June 19, 2011.

If time differences allow, please tune in.

Love and Light,




May 24, 2011
The Future of Whales Depends on Us...

Dear Friends,

Please join me in helping whales to have a future.... to be in our children's future and beyond!

What do we have now? A volcano erupting in ICELAND! To me the message from the Earth is loud and clear. Whales are known to be extremely intelligent mammals, all part of Mother Earth's beautiful rich family.

If we look at why these changes are happening with the planet, we will see that underlying these events are horrific deeds perpetrated by man on the earth, and the beautiful animal/mammal and bird kingdoms. How can we sit back and let this happen when it is as clear as day?

Karma is working pretty quickly these days, but we can help change this situation and make the future for us, and our children, brighter from this moment on.

We are our thoughts, and are capable of so much good. We can turn all this around.

Let's start with these beautiful creatures. Have you heard a whale sing? Please listen to this

Thank you for reading this.

Love,




A Message from Change.org,

In 2010, scientists warned that killing more than 46 fin whales could doom the species.

Know how many fin whales Icelandic whalers killed last year? 148.

An international moratorium on whale hunting has been in place for decades, but whalers in Iceland have long exploited a loophole that allows whale killing for "research" purposes in order to sell whale meat to countries like Japan at a handsome profit.

This year, the Japanese market for whale meat has shrunk considerably as a result of the tsunami. So Iceland has postponed its whaling season – which usually runs from the end of June through September – by one full month.

This is our chance to push Iceland to cancel its 2011 whaling season altogether.

Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke has become an outspoken critic of whale hunting, and he has the power to stop Iceland's 2011 whaling season. Greenpeace has launched a petition on Change.org to ask him to do just that.

Last fall, Secretary Locke strongly condemned Iceland's killing of fin whales. Now he has the chance to back up his criticism with action. Under something called the Pelly Amendment, Secretary Locke can levy sanctions against all fish imports from Iceland until the country agrees to abide by the international moratorium on whaling. It's simple, but it can save the fin whale from total extinction.

Please sign Greenpeace's petition asking Secretary Locke to levy sanctions on Icelandic fish imports until Iceland agrees to cancel its 2011 whaling season:

www.change.org/petitions/end-icelandic-whaling-forever

Thanks for taking action,
Patrick and the Change.org team


May 24, 2011
Annie Supports Angels Gate • Hospice for Animals

Dear Friends,

As a 'forever' animal lover and spokesperson for them, I wanted to pass on this message that I just received.

Love,



Greetings!

As many of you know, for unknown reasons Angel’s Gate has been the target of an unwarranted attack. Unfortunately, this has resulted in the circulation of many false accusations and rumors.

We here at Angel’s Gate, have created a gentle and compassionate environment to allow our resident animals to live out the final chapter of their lives with dignity and receive specialized care for their individual needs. Anyone thinking otherwise simply hasn’t visited the facility or witnessed the extraordinary work accomplished on a daily basis by the committed and loving staff.

Angel’s Gate is not a shelter; it is a hospice and as such, many of the animals require care that most pet owners never have to contemplate. Our residents’ health and safety are our primary concerns and we go to remarkable lengths to ensure their well-being.

We are appreciative of our supporters who continue to believe in us and our work as we go through this difficult ordeal. We also hope there comes a day when animal care and rights groups start working with, and not against, each other. We all have a common goal: ensuring the well-being of sentient creatures who, for better or worse, have found themselves at the mercy of our care. Angel’s Gate hopes that you continue to support our mission so that we may provide for terminally ill animals and rehabilitate those with special needs in the future.

Sincerely,

The Board of Directors of Angel’s Gate

P.S.  For more information or to schedule a visit, please call Susan at (607) 746-9211 or visit our website at www.angelsgate.org.


May 21, 2011
ANNIE and RENAISSANCE on Facebook

Annie and Renaissance now have Facebook pages.

Please visit to see interesting photos, messages and interaction.

www.facebook.com/anniehaslamart
www.facebook.com/renaissancetouring



May 1, 2011
Please Join Me in ‘SAVING THE HONEY BEES’

Dear Friends,

I was very disturbed to read what is happening to the worlds honey bees. Please take a moment to read the following and join me in signing the petition.

Love,




Honeybees are dying off at an alarming rate. And, if Americans don’t act now to deal with what is being called “Colony Collapse Disorder,” we risk devastating our domestic food supply.

Yes, it’s that serious. According to American beekeepers, around one-third of the existing population of honeybees has died off every year since 2006 -- and scientists believe this year could be even worse.

As more than 30% of our domestic food production depends on honey bee pollination, this crisis can’t be ignored.

What is causing Colony Collapse Disorder? There are a number of reasons, but mounting evidence points to pesticides -- and three “neonicotinoid” pesticides in particular: clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiomethoxam. 

That’s why a coalition of nonprofits, beekeepers, and concerned citizens are asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban these three pesticides. More than 1.2 million people have already signed onto the coalition’s campaign. Will you?

We don’t have much time. Please click here now to tell the EPA to ban these pesticides and save American honeybees. On May 5, more than 1.2 million signatures -- including yours -- will be hand-delivered to the EPA.

The EPA approved clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiomethoxam years ago, and since then, these neonicotinoid pesticides have been sprayed on millions of acres of corn, soy, and wheat fields.

Shocking documents recently revealed that EPA scientists questioned the scientific studies that led to clothianidin’s approval. Other research links imidacloprid to the increased susceptibility of honeybees to fatal diseases. But top officials allowed these chemicals to stay on the market anyway.

That’s why American beekeepers, Pesticide Action Network, Pesticide Watch, Slow Food USA, and other interested parties are petitioning the EPA to immediately pull them from the market or seriously restrict their use.  

While the EPA has already said that it will reevaluate the safety of neonicotinoids, experts agree that this action will take place too far down the road in order to adequately protect honeybees. Honeybees are dying now -- conserving the species requires immediate and drastic measures. 

Click the link below to add your name to the petition asking the EPA to take these pesticides off the market -- and save the bees and our food supply. Please sign here now:

http://www.change.org/petitions/earth-to-epa-bees-need-help-now

Thanks for taking action today to save the honey bees. This won't happen without you.

-- Judith and the Change.org team



April 19, 2011
Annie on WXPN 88.5 FM (Philadelphia) This Friday, April 22

Annie Haslam will be a guest of Michaela Majoun’s “Women’s Music Hour” on WXPN 88.5 between 9 – 10 a.m. EDST on Friday, April 22.

Live stream at http://xpn.org/music-artist/xpn-stream

Station web site: www.xpn.org/xpn-programs/xpn-morning-show

Re-release of 'Annie in Wonderland' (Remastered):
www.fridaymusic.com/releases/haslam.html


April 9, 2011
Annie’s Solo Art Show in Philadelphia, May 10 – 12

Dear Friends,

I am so excited to be showing my paintings and painted guitars at Twenty-Two Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, May 10 – 12.

Please come along if you are in the area.

Love,














Twenty-Two Gallery Presents a Very Special Guest Artist: ‘Colors of Sound and Light’ the Art of Annie Haslam, The Voice of English Classical Rock Band RENAISSANCE

Twenty-Two Gallery is located at:
236 S. 22nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215.772.1911

EXTENDED GALLERY HOURS: Noon to 9:00 PM.





February 28, 2011
'Wild Imagination' Hand Painted Wood's 'Viper' Violin

Dear Friends,

Check out this photo of Eric Levy's 'Wild Imagination' Viper electric violin that I painted.

As you can see Eric has a wild imagination, hence the title, and he has used the companion painting as the background of the shot! Way to go Eric.

The violin was commissioned for Eric by Wood's Violins (Mark Wood violinist extraordinaire!!!).

Love,



February 18, 2011
Morrison Hotel Gallery, NYC,  'The Art of the Guitar' Opening Night

Dear Friends,

The VIP reception on Thursday, February 11, at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York was a huge success. Jonathan Singer's Guitar Photographs were spectacular and the four guitars I painted fitted perfectly into the exhibit.

If you are a lover of anything 'guitar' you will enjoy this, it is most unusual and really pays homage to an instrument that (even though I do not play one) is the foundation for all the songs written for 'Renaissance'.

Here is a news story covering the opening, as reported on Examiner.com.

The show will be on for four weeks. The guitars I painted were as follows:


Martin Acoustic 000-15S (Top Left)
Acrylic on Mahogany

This was inspired by my painting 'This Glorious Earth'. The colors in this guitar are so vibrant and almost Amazon-like, very organic and of the Earth. The depth and color pull you right into the painting and the beautiful Martin guitar....


Fender D'Aquisto
Acrylic on Spruce and Maple

I named this 'Leonardo De Vinci' and used my painting of the same name as inspiration, as the shape and overall feel of the guitar lent itself to the admiration I have for his genius.


Stella Acoustic 1960's
Acrylic on Spruce and Mahogany

'Great Expectations' pays homage to my Love for the books of Charles Dickens, the Great English Victorian novelist. I was never much of a reader as a child, but the books of Charles Dickens mesmerised and stayed with me.


Behind Blue Eyes • Pete Townshend (Bottom Left)
Acrylic on Spruce and Mahogany

I decided I would like to paint one of the guitars using a musician as inspiration. Pete was the obvious choice for me, and I felt intuitively that I could 'capture him' in color!


Love and Peace,



January 24, 2011
Annie Haslam to Show Her Handpainted Guitars at The Morrison Hotel Gallery, Soho, NYC

Dear Friends,

I am very excited to be showing my painted guitars at The Morrison Hotel Gallery in Soho, NYC, from February 11th, and feel very honoured to have been invited by Jonathan Singer to be part of his very special show; 'The Art of the Guitar'.

Please take a moment to scroll down and read about the show. If you can get down to see it, you will not be disappointed. His photographs are 'stunning'!

Love


This is one of my earlier painted guitars 'Solomon's Song'.

The Morrison Hotel Gallery Presents

GRETSCH model 6137 White Falcon, ca 1962
 

THE ART OF THE GUITAR
The Photography of Jonathan Singer
Curated by Bernard “Buzzy” Levine
 A Celebration of Guitars from Famed Photographer Jonathan Singer
at The Morrison Hotel Gallery Loft at 116 Prince Street in SoHo, NYC.
VIP/Press Preview Thursday, February 10, from 5:30 - 6:30 pm


For the first time ever, The Morrison Hotel Gallery loft in Soho is thrilled to introduce The Art of the Guitar, the Photography of Jonathan Singer as fine art photography in a special VIP/press preview on Thursday, February 10 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm, sponsored by Guitar Aficionado and Canson Infinity.

This special show is curated by Bernard “Buzzy” Levine, owner of Lark Street Music, appraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and longtime contributing editor to the Vintage Guitar Price Guide. Featured photographs will include guitars by Fender, Gibson, Martin, Gretch, Mandolin Brothers and John Monteleone "Four Seasons" guitars in signed, limited edition sets, among others.

Jonathan Singer has been shooting guitars for over 20 years and has appeared in Acoustic Guitar magazine, Guitar Maker, Premiere Guitar, Vanity Fair, and ARTnews, among others. He has also been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and ABC News. Singer is renowned for his unusual shooting style which he developed for his botanical work, bringing him world wide acclaim and entry into the Smithsonian Institution and The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and earning him many accolades and awards.

On his newest exhibition Singer says, “By turning the guitar into an art piece it takes on a whole new meaning. The style I use either makes the guitars melt into the background or jump off the paper they are printed on. The instrument must have the power to be a celebrity on its own.”

Some instruments featured in The Art of the Guitar will be shown for the very first time to the public. For any musician or individual who appreciates the history and craftsmanship of the guitar, this exhibit is sure to please and inspire. In addition to his exhibit, Jonathan Singer has collaborated with artist and Renaissance singer Annie Haslam, whose paintings on guitars will also be featured and up for sale in the gallery windows.
 
On the exhibit, curator Bernard “Buzzy” Levine says, “The American guitar is eternal in its stringed simplicity, yet novel in its ability to connect the soul and fingers. Singer captures and honors the beauty and utility of these relics of American craftsmanship in a way befitting the majesty of their legendary sound."

Stan Jay, President of Mandolin Brothers adds, “Jonathan creates art into what was formerly merely description.”
 
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top says, “Well it’s that time again...! Guitars, guitars, and mo’ guitars. And the photographic styling's from premier camera master Jonathan Singer takes the many forms of the 6-string into an elegant excursion into fresh versions of passionately observing wood and wire. A goodly combo all way ‘round. Enjoy Jonathan Singer’s exquisite capture of form and focus.”

The Art of the Guitar: The Photography of Jonathan Singer
 is sponsored by Guitar Aficionado & Canson Infinity
  
The Art of the Guitar Exhibit will be open to the public beginning February 11,
at both 116 Prince Street & 313 Bowery, NYC
 
www.morrisonhotelgallery.com

The Morrison Hotel Gallery was founded in 2001 by Peter Blachley, a former record company executive, producer Rich Horowitz, a former independent record store owner, and Henry Diltz, a legendary music photographer. The gallery has since grown to become a major brand in fine art music photography and is respected amongst peers and artists alike.



January 12, 2011
‘Annie in Wonderland’ re-release plus a bonus new recording of Roy Wood’s huge ‘hit single’ from the 60’s… ‘Flowers in the Rain’

I am very excited to tell you that my very first solo album 'Annie in Wonderland', produced by Roy Wood, is being re-released on Friday Music. This has been a rare album/CD to get hold of in the past few years so I am happy that it will be readily available again. Of all my recordings this was the most fun. Working with Roy who is a ‘musical genius’ and learning so much from him during the recording was priceless.

Roy also painted and designed the unique whimsical cover art… and yes, I used to wear striped stockings like that, and yes I used to laugh like that and still do! Ah! The 70's….

We also recorded one of his hit singles 'Flowers in the Rain' as a bonus track! Please check it out, it’s a gem!



ANNIE IN WONDERLAND
Original Recording Remastered + Bonus Track
Release Date Jan 25th 2011
Pre-order everywhere at all leading online retail accounts like Amazon.com and at Fridaymusic.com

FLOWERS IN THE RAIN
Annie Haslam
iTUNES digital download single – available now!!!!!