Originally from Houston Texas, Annie performed professionally from the age of 12 - toured Europe, the US, and Canada with various groups singing and playing fiddle - played & sang at venues from the Colosseo de Sport in Rome, the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Chicago Blues Festival, school assemblies, library shows, outdoor festivals, country, contra & Cajun dances and backyard barbecues, etc. She played fiddle and sang for a variety of groups including the Smokin’ Section, Tee Fee Swamp Boogie, the blues/American Roots duo Gill and Howard, Queen Ida, Danny Poulard, Annie Marie & Fiddlaround, and the Wasted Rangers.
Annie's childhood was difficult but her dad played stride style piano and they loved singing songs together while he would play boogie on the piano. When she had the opportunity to learn to play the fiddle and then viola in school she found that playing music was the best relief from her life struggle. She left her home during her teenage years and ended up in the SF bay area.
In California, along with performing and touring-both as a vocalist & as a fiddler, cleaning houses and working retail she supported herself. Constantly playing and singing with any one in the genre, she built her skills and started teaching music privately in 1980, then in public elementary schools and in private group and individual lessons from preschool through adult - She worked hard, put herself through college and received a music degree and teaching credentials. In 88 Annie was hired by Vallejo Unified to teach a self contained 1st grade and in 89 started giving interactive concerts focusing on American Roots Music at school assemblies, in classrooms, in libraries and for private parties while performing & touring in the summers.
In 1998, Annie started working on her Masters in Education and accepted a full-time position as a pedagogy coach for the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program (BTSA). In 2000, Annie became the administrator in charge of the BTSA program and also gave birth to her daughter Elyssa. Being responsible for her beautiful daughter had a profound effect on Annie. She wanted to be the parent Elyssa would need as she grew up. In 2006, she met her husband Ron Hogenboom; A veteran and a faithful Christian, he became the second stabilizing influence in her life.
Beginning in 2010 Annie started exploring various Christian denominations in an effort to provide her daughter with a clear moral framework. Elyssa settled on Northgate Christian Fellowship in 2011 and Annie followed her lead and began attending and playing worship music to support her daughter’s choice, joining the Northgate Worship Team officially in 2012. As Annie played worship music, her heart was touched. Annie was baptized in February of 2014. She played music with Northgate through 2017 and started accepting worship gigs for other churches as well. Annie also had become an instructor for Northgate U in 2014, developing and teaching her own program, “Pray and Sing: basic vocal techniques, intonation practice and harmony singing using worship music”. Annie started leading worship part time for Journey Church in 2017 and accepted the position of Worship Minister in November of 2019.
Annie continues to promote American fiddle tunes, and Cajun and blues fiddle along with her work in worship music. She has been influenced by the many musicians she has studied and performed with including Dewey Balfa, Queen Ida, Kevin Wimmer, Johnny Heartsman, Danny Poullard, Sonny Rhodes, Billy Wilson & C.P. Love. She credits much of her musical development to her collaboration of 12 years with her partner, the late blues guitarist Leonard Gill (B.B. King, Otis Rush, Otis Clay, Allen Fonenot, Al Rapone). They created the duo Gill & Howard which focused on blues fiddle & guitar and oral traditions.
EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS
Annie continues to write and perform music but now primarily for the purpose of the glorification of God and for the worship services of Journey Community Church. As a person who once made fun of and avoided Christians, she is making up for lost time by actively pursuing a thorough knowledge of scripture. Annie is currently applying to Gateway Seminary and hopes to begin work on a Master’s in Biblical Studies in the fall of 2019.
Americana & New Orleans style music
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