Bio: Ana is not just your typical girl next door with the average tune. Her voice is captivating, awe-inspiring, cool, and sexy with a touch of gospel; it is impossible to listen to her sing and not want to know more about her music! With an exploding high key range and melodic vibrant tone, she is bound to leave you wanting more.
A native of Prince Georges County Maryland, Ana first discovered her gifts in songwriting and singing at the age of 13. Her development of contemporary R&B style came from the heavily musical influence of such artist like Alicia Keys, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston and others. Ana says, "The main reason why I choose to write about adult songs is because so many people initially would come to me with their relationship problems and they still do." It is ironic that she even considered studying to become a psychologist at one point in time. Fortunately, it did not stop there and she chose the route of creating great music. Now married, to her husband Chevon, Ana's music has grown to an even higher expectation. She says, "It's not puppy love, but its real love, real issues, real life all broken down in eight bars."
Ana has also been sharing her great gifts with other recording artists. She was blessed to be the lead vocalist on the radio single “The Storm is Passing Over” featuring Gerald Albright. It doesn’t stop there she was fortunate to write a gospel song for the 2010 Stellar Award Winning Gospel Group, "Phillip Carter and the Sounds of Victory." She is currently working on a special project, with beats that are reminiscent of the 80's soft pop, and of course, R&B. Ana has written songs that will make you feel good; make you want to get up out of your seat and dance, and songs that will soothe your soul.
She released her first single on March 12, 2013, entitled "Wanna Be Down," an upbeat, May J. Blige persona with a splash of D.C.'s well known sound of Go-Go, "For this special project, I wanted to write something fun, edgy and still be true to who I am and where I'm from," Ana says. While at her humble beginning, she has plans to perform on bigger stages, singing across the nation and around the World. Ana knows that there are no limits in dreaming and achieving, and with God on her side, nothing is impossible.
1) HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU FIRST DECIDED YOU WANTED TO DO MUSIC?
Ana Gibson: I had to be about 14 years old when I discovered that I could actually sing, and sing well.
2) WHO WOULD YOU SAY INSPIRES YOU THE MOST AS AN ARTIST?
Ana Gibson: I get a lot of my inspiration from the late Whitney Houston and most definitely from Beyonce. Whitney Houston, because of her powerful yet so gentle ranges; it's so captivating to one's ear. It was almost perfect each time, and I can only strive to have that ability each time I come to the stage. Beyonce, she inspires me in such a way when it comes to her vocal strength in each song she brings. She evokes a lot emotion in what she sings and that is what makes me gravitate towards her.
3) WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE NEXT 5 YEARS?
Ana Gibson: In the next 5 years, I definitely see myself performing on bigger stages, bigger arenas and growing more as an artist. Climbing higher heights.
4) WHAT ARTIST WOULD YOU LIKE TO COLLABORATE WITH?
Ana Gibson: I can't just stick to one with this question. I actually have 3. Of course my first choice would be Whitney Houston, if I could've had that chance. Nonetheless, I would definitely love to collaborate with Luke James and/or Kendrick Lamar. Love their styles even though they are two different genres.
5) WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS?
Ana Gibson: My biggest accomplishment is releasing my first single," Wanna Be Down" this year. March 12, 2013 to be exact. That was a HUGE accomplishment for me because I never thought I would be able to reach that point, but it actually happened for me. I AM PROUD!
6) WHAT IS THE BIGGEST THING IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU REGRET AND WISH YOU
Ana Gibson: Hmm...My biggest regret, possibly the fact that I didn't believe in myself sooner than I should have when I was younger. I knew that I would become a singer, but I also had that doubt that it could never happen, and so in return, I didn't push myself hard enough to reach that goal, but do I wish I could change that? No, because during that time, I was able to grow as a person and really evaluate what I wanted to do as far as having a singing career and I have finally reached that point to say, "I CAN DO IT" and I AM doing it. It feels good!
7) WHAT IS 1 THING THAT YOU WANT FANS TO ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU BY?
Ana Gibson: I want my fans to always remember me by my voice, music, and attitude. I want to leave a valuable impact to all those who really loved me as artist. I want them to say, "that girl was blessed. She really did touch me in a powerful way." I'm not just a singer; I am somebody who actually loves and love to help people, whether it is through music, me sitting down one on one talking to them, or whatever the case may be. That's who I am and I want people to always remember that.
8) WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
Ana Gibson: Well for me, as an indie artist, I don't think I've found anything to be HARD yet, but what I do find to be a little challenging is keeping your face in people's faces constantly, but not only that, it's about keeping them interested in you and what you do. That can become tedious, but I know the end is well worth it. I just have to keep pushing forward and constantly believing.
9) WHAT SEPARATES YOU FROM OTHER ARTIST OUT RIGHT NOW?
Ana Gibson: I think for the most part, compared to some artist who are out today, what separates me the most is the fact that I CAN SING! , and also the fact that I am not one dimensional. Though I am labeled as an R&B artist, a lot of music inside of me screams R&B crossover, a little hip hop, soul and pop. I would say I’m multi-faceted.
10) IF YOU WEREN’T DOING MUSIC WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?
Ana Gibson: I’d probably be working a 9-5 as an assistant or something. SOMETHING THAT WILL BORE ME TO DEATH or probably working on my own event decorating business.
11) WHEN IT COMES TO MUSIC WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH YOU KNEW FIVE YEARS AGO?
Ana Gibson: I wish I knew that things were quickly changing over to digital and that I could've gotten started on this thing sooner. But luckily I’m still young, so I haven't missed too much.
12) WHERE IS THE STRANGEST PLACE A FAN HAS EVERY APPROACHED YOU?
Ana Gibson: Haven’t had that happen yet. But, oh til that day....LOL
13) HAVE YOU BEEN GIVEN ANY ADVICE THAT’S STUCK?
Ana Gibson: I have been given much advice from close friends. My two best friends in particular. One, I won't mention his name; he told me that this music thing takes time. It will NEVER happen overnight, but you keep on pressing towards it. Don't give up. And my hubby, he has told me to never cast my pearls to swine...meaning, never just jump into something because it may look good or it may benefit someone else. Those type of situations will only leave you beat and devoured, especially when you have a good thing. So I think upon those things daily.
14) HOW DO YOU PLAN ON CHANGING THE GAME?
Ana Gibson: It may sound weird, but I’ve always said that I want to do some kind of altar call at all of my concerts when I do finally hit those big stages. Though, I’m not a gospel singer, I still feel that God is in the midst of my music and my soul and he can use me to reach someone who needs help, and that would create that opportunity for me to do it. :)
15) MUSICALLY WHO ARE YOU MOSTLY COMPARED TO?
Ana Gibson: I’ve never really heard of who I am compared to by others...well maybe the exception of one person, in which she said I sound a lot like Keyshia Cole. But in my own opinion, musically I'd compare my voice and music to Beyonce, Keyshia Cole and Brandy, with a hint of Whitney! (Can you tell I love Whitney Houston?) LOL