Annie Mack

Annie Mack is an Accomplished Singer-Songwriter and Healing Justice Activist. As a Queer Black Woman, creative, mother of three, and radical truth-teller, Annie’s lived experience provides a deep wealth of knowledge and insight into what it is like to navigate oppressive systems while trying to pursue black joy, healing, and justice. A soulful singer and unflinching songwriter who writes from the gut and demands your attention.

Raised in North Minneapolis and currently living in Rochester, MN, Annie Mack grew up in the '80s, influenced by the rich Twin Cities music scene. "I think it was just because of the environment,” she says. “Music was such a big part of my youth--just the soundtrack really. I think about The Gap Band, of course, Prince, all the funk and the soul.”

Inspired by her mother’s love of music, she started singing, performing at local joints. “After my mother passed away, the thing that really stood out to me was to do something that you like before you leave this life." Although never intending it to be a career, it quickly became one. Working her way through the Midwest bar scene, Mack built a reputation as a powerhouse blues singer getting national recognition at some of North America’s top festivals, including The John Coltraine Jazz Festival, Thunder Bay Music Festival, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, and the Bayfront Blues Festival for 6 years running.

In addition to playing some of the top blues and jazz clubs like Buddy Guy’s Legends (Chicago) and The Dakota (Minneapolis), Mack has recently garnered the attention of indie rock tastemakers like The Current, landing her gigs at prestigious performing arts centers and rock venues like First Avenue --the iconic club where Prince filmed Purple Rain. She has shared the bill with such wide-ranging artists as Dessa (hip hop), Ondara (folk), Cloud Cult (indie rock), and blues legend Robert Cray. She is featured in the book 50 Women in the Blues, alongside Bessie Smith, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Ruthie Foster, and Janis Joplin.

In 2013, Mack released her debut album Baptized in the Blues, which put her on the blues map and established her as a powerhouse performer and singer. After keeping up a rigorous touring schedule, she took time off to record her 2017 EP, Tell It Like It Is - a more personal collection of songs about recovery and healing that showcased her serious songwriting chops. Now, with the release of her new recording, Testify (2021), she solidifies her position as a top-tier singer, songwriter, and producer who has found her musical home, performing her own unique blend of blues, country, rock, and soul. The release finds her confident and comfortable, owning her place as a rising star in the roots music scene. When not busy making music or rearing her three children, Annie Mack works as a death doula, accompanying people who are dying and supporting their families.

Past Shows


Feb
8
th
2024
Turf Club
Feb
8
th
2024
Turf Club

Go Your Own Way ⏤ A Fleetwood Mac Sing-along

with Mary BueEmily CasselmanCathy n AbelDoug CollinsJen EckesAnnie EnnekingAnnie FitzgeraldMatthew FrenchTed HajnasiewiczDan IsraelZachary Scot JohnsonAnnie MackLeslie RichKaty VernonLeslie Vincent

★ Local Show ★
Dec
14
th
2023
Turf Club
Dec
14
th
2023
Turf Club

The Claudettes and Annie Mack

Rockin' Blues & Soul Holiday Party
Aug
13
th
2021
Fine Line
Aug
13
th
2021
Fine Line
May
18
th
2019
Turf Club
May
18
th
2019
Turf Club
Jan
19
th
2019
Mainroom
Jan
4
th
2019
Mainroom
Jan
4
th
2019
Mainroom

First Avenue's BEST NEW BANDS OF 2018

with Annie Mack, The Carnegies, Faith Boblett and more!
Aug
15
th
2018
Turf Club
Aug
15
th
2018
Turf Club

Tina and the B-Sides

with Annie Mack

More Shows

Apr
15
th
7th St Entry

Blake Rose

May
6
th
Fine Line

Teenage Fanclub

Jun
28
th
7th St Entry
May
1
st
Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Jamie Miller

with Michael Gerow