Annie Oakley is a folk band fronted by twin sisters Grace and Sophia Babb, paired with the violin and one-liners of Nia Personette. We’re keen on telling stories, finding the sweetest harmonies possible, and playing shows where we meet the listeners we’re playing for.
We started writing songs after the deaths of our fathers when we were middle school students. Nia lost her dad just a year before we lost ours. This mutually-shared grief made us closer than friends – we became three sisters instead of two. During this period of recovery and self-discovery at the height of adolescence, we wrote songs, played countless shows, and began touring.
Now we’re graduating from college and the grief that first brought us to music. Once our remedy for pain, folk music has become our recipe for joy. The recent release of our first full-length album, Words We Mean, chronicles our transition from youth to young womanhood, from grief to happiness, narrating the first chapter of our story.
Here’s what other people are saying about us:
“A warm cascading sound, allied to thoughtful emotive lyrics, Words We Mean has set a high benchmark for Annie Oakley, and I await this band’s growth with anticipation.”
Folk and Tumble
“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, The Norman Transcript
“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