For those of you who may not be acquainted with Anna Duboc's music, allow us the pleasure of introducing you to her immaculate, far-reaching voice. Now let us stop you in your tracts- the voice your hearing on "Blamed it on Me," is that of thirteen-year-old Anna Duboc- let us give you a moment to collect your jaw from the floor. Anna's passion for the arts has been flourishing within her since childhood. Since her musical debut at the age of five, Anna has performed as a soloist and singer with Andrea Bocelli, Katy Perry, and Kenny Loggins at many exciting venues including Carnegie Hall and The Dolby Theater. "Blamed it on Me" puts Anna's voice front and center only sharing the soundscape with a blues-tinged guitar playing melodically alongside one another. It also showcases the talent her songwriting skills as "Blamed it on Me" was solely written by Anna. This soulful display of balladry will continue to surprise you as you are shocked by Anna's innate ability to belt out harmonious cries from the whistle register (highest register of the human voice, lying above the modal register and falsetto register). "Blamed it on Me," provides an introspective view of what relationships are like while growing up in an age of social media, zoom calls instead of trips to the mall, and the often fierce and passionate qualities brought on by a young and flickering love. You can listen to "Blamed it on Me" here.
Hello Anna and welcome to BuzzMusic. Your voice stopped us in our tracks, you truly amazed us. Can you tell us a bit about your new song "Blamed it on Me."
I actually wrote this song for a friend who went through a breakup. I'm really good friends with her and her ex, but this is from her perspective. I originally wrote the song on the piano, but I am learning guitar now and decided I preferred a simple guitar and vocal version to be recorded. When you sing a song, how do you center yourself in that song to reflect emotion and character to your listeners?
I am a pretty emotional person and music has always helped me to express these emotions, so I guess you could say the music centers me. My mom says I have always felt the music, and I do feel the most at home when I am singing. I grew up in a recording studio you might say, so I am already pretty comfortable recording and expressing myself that way. So you can hit the whistle register! Can you tell us a bit about the practice you may have done to achieve that? Or is this a natural ability?
I have always been able to sing really high I think. We actually recorded the whistle tones a few times before when I was really young, but it never seemed to fit the song so it remains in a closet. Someday maybe we'll put those out for fun throwbacks. Where do you draw your musical influence from? You mentioned your mom was an influential songwriter for giants like Chante Moore and Patti LaBelle, do you go to your mom for music advice?
I have been very influenced by Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Adele, and Amy Winehouse. My mom has also definitely been a big influence and she has helped me with many things like vocal technique and music production. What's next for you?
I am working on an EP. So, I am writing songs for that right now. I would love to get it out by the end of the year. With quarantine and all that has been going on, other things are harder to predict, but I am also hopeful that I can start volunteering and helping others in need. I'd like to do this both with my music and to proceed from my music.