1983 Annabel Lamb was several years ago into her
musical career before she worked up the nerve to unveil
her own best songs. Better late than never, the saying
goes - and there can be no more positive proof than ONCE
BITTEN, the young English singer/pianist/songwriter's first
BITTEN has already been hailed by one English critic as "The
most impressive debut album I've heard in a long time,
and looks set to turn her into a massive star." "The future
looks pretty brisk", added Melody Maker.
native of Surrey, Annabel had the kind of musical upbringing
that gives a new dimension to words like varied and eclectic.
By day, she'd listen to her older sisters' collections
of albums by The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and
David Bowie, at night, her father would sing her to sleep
to the strains of Hoagy Carmichael tunes. A concert by
Oscar Peterson was among the things that convinced her
early on that she wanted to be a performer; at the same
time she was galvanized by the virtuosity of many other
performers including jazz pianists like Bill Evans, and
Red Garland. Add to that a love of musicals, and you've
got what Annabel laughingly calls "a pretty weird bunch
the time she was 15, Annabel had joined her first rock
band, as singer and keyboard player. She had already been
playing and writing songs on her own.
20 she was married and pursuing a career in nursing. For
a while, music took a back seat to nursing and marriage,
although she was able to continue playing gigs with her
old band. She also continued working on her songs, honing
her writing skills but still keeping them essentially under
about three years ago, she recorded several demos and two
24-masters of her own songs with producer/engineer Wally
Brill who would later produce ONCE BITTEN.