Annie Oakley is an Oklahoma City-based Americana band fronted by twin sisters Sophia and Grace. Their flawless vocal harmonies and sharply observant lyrics led to Rising Star and Oklahoma’s Choice: Best Band awards in 2016 and coveted official showcases at Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) in 2016 and at Folk Alliance International 2017.
Singing together since childhood, Sophia and Grace picked up guitars and started songwriting after their father’s suicide compelled them to find an emotional outlet. A year later, they were joined by their friend Nia Personette on violin, herself no stranger to loss—she, too, had lost her father shortly before joining the band. Since the band’s formation, musical instrumentation and emotive lyrics have been at the forefront of their performances.
The group released a first self-produced and -recorded EP, Annie Oakley, in 2013. Since then, they’ve honed their songwriting and performance skills at venues and festivals every weekend throughout high school and college. They released their first studio album, Thought of You a God, in September 2015. Their second studio EP, Lunar Manor Sessions, was released in March 2017.
The Oklahoma Gazette wrote of the prodigious duo as “speaking the same throwback folk-Americana language that eludes most others at their tender age [ . . . ] their pristine but pillow-soft voices folding into immaculate harmonies the envy of even the most vetted musical collaborators out there” (Joshua Boydston).
On weekends and breaks between college classes, the band hits the road to share their songs and stories with audiences across the Midwest and beyond.
“These sisters harmonize like fresh made bread and home churned butter, sweetened with just a touch of molasses. I hear strains of Mindy Smith here, and the comparisons could go on. But why make comparisons when you can just listen to them? To see and hear such magic when it first comes to bloom, to watch it grow and spread smiles and wonder across a wider world is indeed a privilege and pleasure. Don’t miss them when they come to your area!” (Rick Reiley, Corridor Magazine).
Stephen Salewon is a singer/songwriter. He grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and relocated to Oklahoma City with his family at the age of 13. Influences from his African roots, Red Dirt Music, likes of Jack Johnson, Mumford and Sons, and Coldplay, lay a foundation for the melodic and soulful tunes he considers Indie Folk.