Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local News

August 1, 2009

Annie Wolaver talks about the Annie Moses Band

AMERICUS — With a music style described as “eclectic” and “adult contemporary with strings,” the Annie Moses Band, comprised of three brothers and three sisters, as well as their parents, will be taking center stage at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Central Baptist Church.

Their mission is simple — as lead vocalist and violinist and eldest of the siblings, Annie Wolaver told the Times-Recorder in a phone interview Thursday from her home in Nashville, Tenn, — “to encourage and affirm families, and promote excellence in young family.”

Since the group formed in 2002, the Annie Moses Band has built a loyal fan base of over 10,000 individuals, and plays to over 200,000 people annually. Their appearances, as reported by Kim Jones for the Internet magazine, About.com, have included: Good Morning America, Public Radio International, Weill Recital hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and the Disney Young Musician’s Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, the band has filmed their own public television special.

“People are always asking what is the true story ... the behind the scenes gossip ... And honestly, there is none. We really do love each other and enjoy being together,” she said. “Growing up in a close family, I have seen how important relationships are, maintaining positive relationships in our lives are ... No matter what is taken from you in life and how things might be filed down to the lowest common denominator, it is the relationships to the people you love that matter the most.”

And music has been an important bond for the family as long as Wolaver can remember and even before that. The band was named for their maternal great-grandmother, Annie Moses, who began the musical legacy for the family. Wolaver’s parents, both accomplished musicians — one more with a jazz background and the other with a bluegrass background — pursued the idea of music as an important factor in the development of their children.

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