Hi there. I’m Annie Clements. I play bass and I sing and I love doing it! Here’s some info about me:
I was raised in New Orleans in a musical family. My dad is a phenomenal guitar player and toured with dozens of notable New Orleans fixtures while I was growing up. I studied piano for about 8 years until dad gave me a bass for my 13th birthday (basically because he needed a bassist for his band). I spent my high school years gigging around New Orleans with him, playing clubs in the French Quarter, some pretty wild Mardi Gras balls, and appearing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival on numerous occasions. I’m the oldest of 6 kids, the rest of which are extremely talented and wonderful people.
I moved to Boston after high school to attend the Berklee College of Music where I majored in Bass Performance with Voice as a doubling instrument. I learned a lot at Berklee, most importantly how to function effectively as a bassist and vocalist in tons of different bands. It was very cold in Boston. After graduation, I moved back to New Orleans.
Back home I signed up with a great New Orleans artist named Theresa Andersson. This was a huge opportunity for me. Theresa was signed to Basin Street Records and was (and continues to be) a hugely popular artist down in New Orleans. While working with Theresa I got to perform at Wembley Stadium for Fender’s 50th Anniversary of the Stratocaster alongside members of The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Pink Floyd and Queen. This was one of the top 10 musical moments of my lifetime. We also played a part in the movie “The Brooke Ellison Story” which was the last film directed by Christopher Reeve before he passed away. Pretty inspiring stuff!
I later joined up with a band of brothers in a southern rock trio called the Sons of William. We spent a year and a half opening for one of my all time favorite artists, Marc Broussard. This was a period of intense musical and personal growth for me. I loved every minute of every show and really played my heart out every night. I made a record with these guys of which I’m extremely proud and the Sons are a band I hope you will check out.
Now, I’m touring with Sugarland, the 14 million plus selling multi-platinum country group on Mercury records. Highlights with Sugarland include appearances on their records and in several music videos including singing on the number one hit “Already Gone”, performances on Jay Leno and the Grand Ole Opry, performing live with Beyonce’ at the American Music Awards (totally awesome), with Bon Jovi on Good Morning America and with Lady Gaga at the Grammy Nominations, and amazing opening slots on Kenny Chesney, Brooks and Dunn, and Keith Urban’s tours. Sugarland continues to headline arenas all over the country and I have been blessed to have spent the past 7 years living and working with such an amazing group of people.
I now live in Nashville, working with Sorted Noise, making records and building artist’s brands. I spend my spare time teaching, learning (thanks to Berklee Music’s online courses), and recording at Sorted Noise and for anyone and everyone thanks to being able to upload tracks online. I occasional write for Bass Player Magazine, as well as participate in clinics for high schools, colleges (including Berklee) and in-store’s at Guitar Center, am a Fender Ambassador, perform showcases in town, and gigs with many other artists in and around Nashville.
So that’s my story for now!
Thanks for reading! — Annie