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Anna Gutmanis

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To myself I will be true.

Sounds Like:

Green-eyed so-ro-pop


Laura Nyro, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Bruce Springsteen, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Marvin Gaye, 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

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


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


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




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'

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'


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)


I Am Who I Am (2019 Dance Version)

I'm out, I'm proud
I've done the things I vowed
Nobody gonna take away my freedom
If you believe
My friends and I should leave
You're gonna have to fight us everyone

I am who I am, no matter what you say to me
I am who I am, no matter what you do
I am who I am, no matter what you take from me
To myself I will be true

You call me ill
My kind you want to kill
And then you sing of heaven’s love on Sunday
But I can see through your hypocrisy
It’s hatred of yourself that you betray


You took from me
A sense of history
I grew up learnin' how to hide my secret
But now I've found
My people all around
And you will find you ain't seen nothin' yet


©2003 Anna Gutmanis/Ban-Anna Music (SOCAN)


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

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


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


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


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



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




Toronto, ON

Level of Experience:



Blues | Dance/Electronic  | R&B | Reggae | Rock | Pop

I Write:

By myself

Songs Recorded:

Inspire, 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, Empire

Albums Released:

"Inspire", theme song for the 2021 INSPIRE Awards; "I Am Who I Am" (2019 Dance Version) (single); "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:

"Inspire" as the theme song for the 2021 INSPIRE Awards; "Another Way Out" in the award-winning doc-style video of the same name, directed by Simone Stock.


Global Music Award for "Lately It's Cold"; Pride In The Arts "2009 Pride Song" Award for "I Am Who I Am".

I am interested in:

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

Other Jobs:

Social Work


Anna Gutmanis is an award-winning Canadian songwriter, singer and keyboardist who writes and records across musical genres. Her 2014 single release “Lately It’s Cold” won a Global Music Award. Several songs from Anna's critically-acclaimed album "Glimmer In The Dark" appeared on 3 different Australian Indie Radio Charts (Urban, World, and Easy Listening) and on the Roots Music Report 2014 Top 100 Pop Song chart. The official video for "Another Way Out" won the 2014 Best Short Documentary award at QCinema Texas and was used by PFLAG as an educational tool. The song “I Am Who I Am” is an anthem to the LGBTQ rights movement, and has been recorded in rock and dance formats. The rock version won the 2009 Pride Song Award, and the official video for the 2019 Dance Version won several awards at international film festivals. Other recordings include Anna's eponymous debut album, which still receives airplay. Anna is also a street photographer and visual artist, having contributed cover art and design for two of her music releases. Her portrait of Billy Joel can be seen on his website. Anna often performs live in and around Toronto, and has also played across Canada and the United States. She is a monthly contributor for Rainbow Country, syndicated LGBT radio show/podcast. Anna will release new music and accompanying videos in 2021!

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