Her then seven year old refused to continue with music lessons so Anna stepped in – and discovered that she had a voice! The last time sang was in a church choir when she was ten. She continued singing as a way to cope and find hope while the end of her marriage was unfolding in all its ugliness.
Music – jazz in particular – became a refuge and it gave her a voice, where she had none in her marital relationship for years. She decided to secretly record an album which steeled her from the inside further and allowed her to leave the lonely “gilded cage” she was living in. The album was appropriately called “Longing”, as she was longing for love in her life.
Since stepping off that “ledge”, Anna’s life has completely changed.
In addition to her career as a singer, Anna now produces private and public events, as well as the very successful “Jazz on Cedros” concert series in Solana Beach that has celebrated sold out shows since its inception in 2014 and has become San Diego’s “jazz showcase”. She has sang The National Anthem at opening day of Del Mar Races three out of the last four years to crowds of 45,000 people! Anna is a true Renaissance woman who has used music as a springboard to become a motivational speaker, and is currently writing her first book, which chronicles her incredible journey from Poland to Canada and Southern California, through her careers as a lawyer, business manager and mom and the amazing unfolding of her musical artistry. She is also an avid philanthropist for causes that support women, children and the arts, with a seat on the board of the San Diego Symphony Notables.
Anna recently fulfilled another dream by recording “Find Your Wings,” her second full-length jazz album, at the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where previously all of her musical heroes like Sinatra and Nat Kind Cole, held court. Half the songs on the album are her personal stories. As she was ready to release the album, she found out that she had breast cancer, but did not let it bring her to her knees and soldiered on again, ending up at the top of the jazz charts shortly thereafter! The album has gathered wide critical acclaim, debuting at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts and Top 25 on Billboard’s main jazz chart and has received wide radio play in the US and abroad.
And most recently, in February of 2018, as she was ready to break out on national TV, Anna’s breast cancer returned. She once again bravely faced it and is on her way to a full recovery – and remains unstoppable in her journey!