Annemarie Picerno is an entertainer and songwriter in Nashville Tennessee with an
extensive performing background. Over her career, Annemarie has performed in dinner theaters, bands in every genre of music (pop, rock, motown, blues, jazz & country) comedy shows, improv troupes, Disney World, Busch Gardens, and traveled professionally. She has also performed on
television, and in commercials and film. She plays piano, guitar, and writes and arranges her own music.
Her musical style is diverse, incorporating country, pop, blues, soul, and rock.
Her signature style crosses over several musical genres from traditional country and beautiful harmonies to driving powerful belt vocals.
I have performed in so many genres of entertainment. I have a BFA in Musical Theater and so , out of college traveled doing professional theaters. I also did improv and comedy shows at EPCOT center at Disney World, comedy at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Cher, Janis Joplin impersonations, cruise ship variety shows, and have sung with all styles of bands in Florida, Top 40, Jazz, Standards, Broadway, Motown, Blues, Rock, Funk, You name it, I can sing it. I am currently available for solo, but also perform with local bands.
I SING IN LIVE BANDS, AND ALSO ENJOY LIVE THEATER AND COMEDY SHOWS. I AM ALSO AVAILABLE IN NASHVILLE, TN FOR RECORDING AND SESSION WORK AS VOCALIST.
I grew up during the musical variety show era: Carol Burnett, Sonny & Cher, The Barbara Mandrell Show, The Grand Old Opry, The Gong Show, Donny and Marie, Star Search, and idolized Kennedy Center Honors. Barbra Streisand and "Sing along with Mitch Miller" were memorized by age 9! I always knew I would be an entertainer. Of course, a BFA in Musical Theater gave me influences into complex music by the likes of Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Fats Waller, Cole Porter, Marvin Hamlisch, Duke Ellington, Jerry Herman, Frank Loesser, to name a few. The 80's brought the greats of Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, and Mariah Carey. The best tape I ever bought was Aretha Franklin's 1.99$ tape I found at an obscure gas station of her first Decca recording of Gospel Tunes....a crystal clear voice and my favorite before her bigger hits. The Queens also include Janis Joplin, Etta James, Patti Labelle, Phoebe Snow, Joan Baez, Sheryl Crowe, Bonnie Raitt, Jill Scott, and I will say, I'll give Mary J Blige credit for not only rapping but having the voice and the emotions to back it up. One of my favorite Anita Baker songs is "You Bring Me Joy." I'll also give Alicia Keyes credit for playing piano with her unique style but I hope she doesn't sell out and lose her style by doing too many DJ Nasty Remixes like her "No One" remix...the original was her true essence. And Fergie proved she had the emotion and voice in "Big Girls Don't Cry" after leaving her booty shakin' spot from The Black Eyed Peas. Smart Woman! Women don't need to sell the sex thing to be a TRUE ARTIST. There are plenty of ugly male virtuoso musicians out there just playing and singing and getting the repect... I am a woman determined to prove that women are artists too, not just booty shakers in the music scene. Just look at Britney Spears to see how she was shaped and "molded" so therefore lost her direction and own artistic empowerment, and Christina Aguilara has a fabulous voice and doesn't need all the nasty girl image to prove it with her voice. The WORLD will hear me SOON.
I play a Yahama and sing lead of all styles. Most people say I can blow it with soul, that's why my name is "AMP"...I played folk music on the ukulele in kindergarten and knew music would be with me forever...I am primarily a singer, actress, and comedian, though play keys, some guitar, saxophone, and even some violin. I like country such as Faith Hill and Gretchen Wilson, however I also can do some great rock renditions of "Welcome To the Jungle" or Joe Cocker that is mixed with show and comedy...depends on my mood.