Annika Chambers & Paul DesLauriers
Whether on stage or in private life, these two internationally renowned artists are a perfect match! Since meeting in 2018 at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, renowned Québec bluesman Paul DesLauriers and great American soul and blues singer Annika Chambers have united their artistic destiny to the great joy of those who have had the chance to see them on stage.
Annika Chambers, like so many powerful vocal artists, can trace her love of music back to early childhood. The influence of gospel music is evident in her soul and blues.
But it was during her tour of duty in the US Army that her career began. Her colonel, having heard her singing, asked her to sing the Anthem for a ceremony. She was an immediate hit, and from that moment on, she sang at all the ceremonies and then on a support tour for the soldiers in Kosovo and Iraq.
Returning to Houston in 2011 brought the creation of her musical project. Bassist Larry Fulcher (2012 inductee to the Blues Hall of Fame) and producer/musician Richard Cagle of Montrose Records recruited her for her debut album, “Making My Mark”, which climbed blues charts across the US and Europe. This meteoric success brought her the coveted nomination for 2015 BMA (Blues Music Award) “Best New Artist 2015”.
Her sophomore release, “Wild & Free”, did not disappoint, with a debut at #7 on the Billboard Blues chart! In 2019, she released “Kiss My Sass” on VizzTone Records and participated in festivals in South America, Europe and right in her own backyard (Minnesota Bayfront Blues Festival, Las Vegas Blues Bender, Gloucester Blues Festival, Mississippi Delta Blues Festival).
She won the Blues Music Award in May 2019 as the Best soul and blues singer in the United States. She is now expanding her touring network in Québec, Canada and Scandinavia.