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Anna Gutmanis

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To myself I will be true.

Sounds Like:

Green-eyed so-ro-pop

Influences:

Laura Nyro, Billy Joel, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Big Mama Thornton, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Mavis Staples, Nina Simone and countless others.

Favourite Singer/Songwriter:

Laura Nyro

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Songs by Anna Gutmanis

Another Way Out

My school is really like a battle zone
But when you’re queer you walk the halls alone
Nobody brave enough to be my friend
And the slings and arrows are never ending
I’ve been assaulted in the parking lot
And now they’re saying that I should be shot
This morning I just want to stay in bed
‘Cause the pressure has gone to my head

Chorus
I’m looking for another way out
I'm looking for another way out

I told a teacher what I’m going through
He said there’s nothing he can really do
He told me all about the sins of man
And to get with my god if I can

Chorus

Now my daddy has a dear kid
Doesn’t have a queer kid
If he had a queer kid, man I could say my goodbye
I’ve got nobody I can turn to now
I’m tired of living these lies

Chorus

©2008 Anna Gutmanis/Ban-Anna Music (SOCAN)

[Lyrics]


Empire

EMPIRE

He spends his time a-knockin' on her wall
And you can hear him shoutin' in the hall
He never lets up, even in the still of the mornin'
"Well hey there missy, somethin' isn't right
You know you better paint your body white
And that's the last time I'm a-gonna give you a warnin'"

And this is a fine upstandin' man
He's well respected
And everybody knows that he can
Protect his way of cleaner livin'
He won't ever need forgivin'

(Chorus)
Built your empire on the quagmire
Of our bones and blood
But it's over and our clover
Will grow from your mud

She spends her time a-moppin' all the floors
And watchin' them go in and out the doors
For weeks and weeks and no one even knows
What her name is
'Til the one day boss man sees she ain't so bad
But she will not just let herself be had
And then she's gone 'cause she don't really know
What the game is

And this is a fine upstandin' man
He's well respected
And everybody knows that he can
Protect his way of cleaner livin'
He won't ever need forgivin'

(Chorus)
(Instrumental)

And this is a fine upstandin' man
He's so well respected
And everybody knows that he can
Protect his way of cleaner livin'
He won't ever need forgivin'

(Chorus) ©1984 Anna Gutmanis/Ban-Anna Music (SOCAN)

[Lyrics]


If You Want A Lover

I been watchin' you now for quite a while
I love the things you do and I love the way you smile
I was spoken for but now you know I'm free
So I'll do the talkin’ for me

(Chorus)
If you want a lover, oh-oh
To while away the hours
If you want a lover, oh-oh
To chase away the showers
If you want a lover and none of those others will do
I been wantin' somebody too

Love's a mystery, it comes and then it goes
First it's poetry and then it's tired prose
You know that all I'm looking for is inspiration sweet
And someone to keep up the heat

(Chorus)

You know that I don't mind if we never find
Any overwhelmin' bliss
All I see is that you and me
Should be sharin' one long kiss
And I confess that my loneliness
Has been makin' me so bold
You look very fine and I'll make you mine
Before we're too much older

[Lyrics]


In The Sun

Step into the wicket
Buy myself a ticket
Wishing it was one-way
Heaven knows I’ll want to stay
Say goodbye to pressure
Say hello to leisure
Now I’m off and running
To my hard-earned southern fling

Chorus

In the sun you can play ‘til you’re done
And when you’re hotter water’s waiting for you
In the sun we can melt into one
Here on vacation, stationed, nothing to do

Now I see the palm trees
Now I feel the cool breeze
I could really live here
If I shift into a lower gear
This is so relaxing
It’s never ever taxing
And I feel so lazy
That’s the way I like to be

Chorus

Chorus

©1989 Anna Gutmanis/Ban-Anna Music (SOCAN)

[Lyrics]


Lately It's Cold

Lately It’s Cold

Icicles in my windowsill and icicles in my brain
Lately I just don’t know if I’ll ever be warm again
Summer is just a memory, winter goes on and on
I don’t know how much longer I can be strong

(Chorus)
Lately it’s cold outside
Lately it’s cold outside
Lately it’s cold out, hope I can hold out
Lately it’s cold outside

Everyone needs a ray of sun to carry the blues away
Nobody wants to sink into eternity so grey
If you were here I’d make it through the rest of the winter storm
Dreaming of summer kisses I can be warm

(Chorus)

Never a day goes by in winter that I don’t think about the spring
Still I was raised a northern girl and that’s who I am
Give me a couple months of snow
Then I’m alive and good to go
But if the winter persists I will tell it to scatter and scram
Scatter and scram

I want to get hot tonight
Hold you by the firelight
By the time we meet up, I hope that things’ll heat up
Lately it’s cold outside

(Chorus)

Words and Music by Anna Gutmanis
©2013 Anna Gutmanis/Ban-Anna Music (SOCAN)

[Lyrics]


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Region:

Toronto, ON

Level of Experience:

ON MY WAY

Genre:

Blues | R&B and Soul | Reggae | Rock and Pop

I Write:

By myself

Songs Recorded:

Empire, Lately It's Cold, Diamonds and Stiletto Shoes, First In Love, Glimmer In The Dark, People (Got To Get It Together), Hello Again, You Won't Be Sorry, Another Way Out, This Love Is Real To Me, When I Get Out Of Bed, The Rain, Middle Of The Line, In The Sun, I Am Who I Am, Let It Slide, If You Want A Lover, Baby Doll, Still In Love, Then Came You, Til Doomsday, Out Of Time

Albums Released:

"Empire", 1984 AND 2017 (released 1984 as a single to Ontario college radio; released digitally May 27, 2017) "Lately It's Cold", 2014 (single) "Diamonds and Stiletto Shoes", 2014 (single) "Anna Gutmanis", 1989 (EP) "I Am Who I Am", 2008 (CD single b/w "Let It Slide") "Glimmer In The Dark", 2012 (CD)

Song Placements:

"Another Way Out" in the award-winning doc-style video of the same name, directed by Simone Stock.

Awards:

Pride In The Arts "2009 Pride Song" Award

I am interested in:

Networking | Pitching Songs to Artists | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc.

Other Jobs:

Social Work

Biography:

Anna Gutmanis is an award-winning Canadian songwriter, singer and keyboardist who entwines brave lyrics with deep, blues-style vocals. Her 2014 single releases, “Lately It’s Cold” and “Diamonds and Stiletto Shoes”, charted on iTunes, and “Diamonds” also appeared on the Roots Music Report 2014 Top 100 Pop Song and Album charts. Several songs from her critically-acclaimed album "Glimmer In The Dark" appeared on 3 different Australian Indie Radio Charts and on the Roots Music Report 2014 Top 100 Pop Song chart. The award-winning single “I Am Who I Am” is an anthem to the LGBTQ rights movement, and it was featured in Euro Pride 2015 events in Riga, Latvia. Other recordings include Anna's eponymous debut album, which still receives airplay on commercial radio. She has released 2 music videos, “I Am Who I Am”, and “Another Way Out”. Both videos played at film festivals internationally, and are also being used as educational tools at PFLAG. "Another Way Out" won the 2014 Best Short Documentary award at Q Cinema Texas, and it is currently hitting the short film festival circuit internationally. Anna often performs live in and around Toronto, and also plays shows across Canada and the United States. She is very excited to digitally release her classic tune "Empire" on May 27, 2017. Anna released "Empire" to Ontario college radio in 1984, where it charted on stations across the province. The song is a scathing indictment of racism and sexism, and its message is more needed now than it was in the 1980s. A video for "Empire" will be available for viewing on YouTube on May 27th, as will a video of Anna and her trio performing Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine".

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