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Portrait of Anastasia Gilliam

Anastasia Gilliam


About Anastasia Gilliam

Portland, OR

Raised in the back woods of the Ozark mountains, Anastasia spent most of her childhood wandering through the wilderness exploring the the sounds & rhythms of her natural surroundings. Thus, the beginning of her fascination with sound, voice, percussion & dance. She began performing at age 7 & continued throughout high school. She moved to Los Angeles at 19, where she collaborated on various recording projects before joining a rock band & toured throughout southern California & the southwest U.S. Being extremely versitile, she covers many genres of music: R&R, R&B, Jazz, Country, Originals & beyond. Her vocal abilities are so multifaceted that it’s difficult to put her into just one musical category.

“I wanted to perform all kinds of music & I wanted to strip everything back to the essential basics. There is something pure & authentic in music performed with the essentials: a voice, guitar or piano & percussion to accompany it. That thought was the inspiration behind the CD project. I'm thrilled that it’s been so well received. So many people request that I sing their favorite cover tunes that making a series of "Slip Beneath the Covers" CDs was the logical next step.”

Notable events:

From 2011-Present:
Formed "Butterfly Breakdown" in Portland, OR

Ranked Portland's #1 Indie/Blues/Rock Group for 4 years in a row by ReverbNation

2015: Nominated "Best Indie Rock Artists of the Year" by Women in Charge Radio, Atlanta, GA

2014: Selected to be sponsored by Breedlove Guitars

2013: Released "A Little Water" EP

2012: Released "Live from Maui" Live CD

2008: Anastasia & Nils open for Cyndi Lauper at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Upon request by the Grammy award winning Diva herself, they perform with Cyndi during the show. Check Anastasia's website for photos.

2007: Anastasia tours NYC in August.

"Slip Beneath the Covers" Vol. 1 is recorded between August & October then released in December.

2006:
Anastasia Gilliam the VooDoo Suns were recognized by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts as:

• Most Promising New Artists
• Best Group
• Best Songwriters
• Best Producers of the Year

Their debut CD release “Songs from the Haleakala Kitchen” was nominated for the Hawaiian Na Hoku Hanohano Award for:

• BEST ORIGINAL ROCK ALBUM
• BEST ORIGINAL SONG ("Invisible")
• FAVORITE ENTERTAINERS OF THE YEAR by Borders Books & Music.

2005:
She was voted 1st runner up as “BEST MUSICIAN on MAUI by the readers of Maui Time Weekly Magazine.”

VooDoo Suns voted "BEST BAND ON MAUI"

She & Nils opened up for “Collective Soul” & “Pat Benetar” at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

2003:
Anastasia began volunteering her spare time to MANA'O RADIO. She supported the station through fund raisers & produced a 4 hour radio variety show as guest celebrity DJ on the first Saturday of each month.


From 1991-2001:
Anastasia moved to Maui & formed the highly-acclaimed alternative rock band “The Missionaries”. They extensively toured the Hawaiian club circuit for 7 years. In that time they won recognition from MTV’s independent band contest & received mention in “VANITY FAIR” magazine in an interview with screenwriter JOE ESTHERHAUS. Appearing on the “Tonight Show” with JAY LENO, DENNIS RODMAN talked about the time that he & EDDIE VEDDER of “PEARL JAM” joined the Missionaries on stage at a Lahaina night club. Rodman wrote about that experience in his book, “As Bad As I Want To Be”.

In the summer of 1996 the Missionaries recorded & produced an all-original CD. That year they performed on stage with HOOTIE & the BLOWFISH. Anastasia landed in singer’s heaven when she was invited on stage to sing a cappella with “LADYSMITH BLACK MOMBAZO”. From 1998 to the present, she has continued her session work and has recorded several independent CD projects. She’s opened for a diverse range of shows including “YES” and RANDY TRAVIS.

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