“…Ann-Sofie’s captivating voice and touching melodic sensibilities combined with simple acoustic accompaniment (…) makes for a truly delightful devotional experience.”
"Take a moment to listen and be transformed.”
- Jon Rezin, 9StarMedia
ANN-SOFIE'S MUSICAL FLAVOUR
Ann-Sofie Wensbo is a Swedish born musician, singer/songwriter, composer and producer, whose musical hallmark is her melodious singing, her groovy acoustic guitar playing, whether calm or upbeat, and her harmonic vocal arrangements.
Ann-Sofie writes both instrumental music of different genres, and songs based on her own life experience. She has also put music to other people’s lyrics as well as Holy Writings. Though deeply rooted in the pop genre, in her songwriting she is influenced and inspired by folk, country soul and rock, as well as jazz and classical music.
Most of Ann-Sofie’s lyrics carry an authentic strand of real life experience and resilience, often with a hint of spiritual reflection and hope. Her soothing voice has been likened to that of Eva Cassidy and Joni Mitchell, and her ability to facilitate a simple, present, emotional connection to the listener has kept her audience spellbound.
Ann-Sofie’s playing and singing conveys an embodied and grounded musicality, and even the calmest of her songs are rooted in an implicit, steady groove that allows the listener to let go and lean in. Her philosophy that music is a language understood and communicated through the body has also made her a very appreciated music teacher, voice coach and choir conductor.
Ann-Sofie has a music teacher’s education from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. She has sung and played in several bands and constellations, both her original material and covers, and she has a vast experience as a Life Ceremony Musician, singing at weddings, funerals and other life ceremonies.
Having grown up in a home where music was highly appreciated, Ann-Sofie discovered her musical interest and talent at an early age. As a 10-year old she picked up the guitar and a year later she wrote and performed her first song. At 13 she joined her first rock band on electric guitar and backing vocals and at 15 she went on her first European tour as the guitarist of a youth big band.
As a 17-year old Ann-Sofie came in touch with the Baha’i Faith, which became a great inspiration for her, and soon after that she started putting the Baha’i Writings to music. Her intoned compositions have been loved and sung around the world long before their official release with the album “Illumine My Inner Being” in 2006.
PLAYBACK THEATRE MUSIC
Since 2006 Ann-Sofie has been the main musician of the Swedish Playback Theatre company Teater X, who are enacting (‘playing back’) real life stories through improvised theater and music.
Having a specific passion for musical communication and collaboration - also on the Playback Stage - Ann-Sofie has had a central role in developing Teater X’s unique brand on this topic over the years, for which Teater X is today internationally renowned within the Playback World.
ILLUMINE MY INNER BEING
A devotional album of acoustic songs which serve well as a source for reflection, meditation and inspiration.
All songs are performed by Ann-Sofie Wensbo (vocals and guitar) and Maria Andersson (vocal harmonies). All lyrics are from the Baha'i Writings, and all music and arrangements by Ann-Sofie Wensbo.
Produced by Ann-Sofie Wensbo
Recorded & mixed by Jerker Eklund
Photograph & Artwork by Daniela Überfeld
Mastered by Henrik Jonsson
THE GATE OF GOD
An original song about the life and martyrdom of the Báb (one of the central figures of the Baha’i Faith), written in 2007 and released in 2019 for the Bicentenary (200th Anniversary) of the Birth of the Báb.
Lyrics: Scott Rizzo & Ann-Sofie Wensbo
Music: Ann-Sofie Wensbo
Lead Vocal: Ann-Sofie Wensbo
Background Vocals: Maria Andersson, Rasmus Blomqvist, Ann-Sofie Wensbo
Guitar: Ann-Sofie Wensbo
Double Bass: Heiko Bärnholdt
Perc: Ann-Sofie Wensbo & Jerker Eklund
Arranged & produced by Ann-Sofie Wensbo
Mixed by Jerker Eklund
Mastered by Classe Persson
Photograph & Artwork: Ann-Sofie Wensbo (taken of the rauks in Gotland, Sweden)
A prayer by Baha’u’llah, put to music by Ann-Sofie Wensbo. Performed by Ann-Sofie Wensbo and Rasmus Blomqvist. Filmed and recorded in Stockholm, Sweden, October 2018 for the "Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions”, BahaiBlog.net.
LEAD ME (GUIDE ME)
A prayer by Abdu’l-Baha, put to music by Ann-Sofie Wensbo. Performed by Ann-Sofie Wensbo, Rasmus Blomqvist, Sasha Semenova and Nora Emadén. Filmed and recorded in Stockholm, Sweden, October 2018 for the "Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions”, BahaiBlog.net.
A selection from “The Hidden Words of Baha’u’llah”, put to music by Shahram Mansoory with chords and arrangement by Ann-Sofie Wensbo. Performed by Shahram Mansoory and Ann-Sofie Wensbo. Filmed and recorded in Stockholm, Sweden, October 2018 for the "Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions”, BahaiBlog.net.
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