Hi! I am Hilde, or you can call me by my alter ego, Sweet Annie, if you like.
I find regular 3rd person bios to be kind of boring, so let me just tell you my story instead. Born and raised in a rural town in Norway, I had a relatively quiet and protected upbringing in many ways. Perhaps a bit too quiet for me at times, as I always felt an urge to go out and explore the world and travel. Nevertheless, I was still an active child and teenager, being involved with many local groups, sports and so on.
Always having had a love for music, I have been singing for as long as I can remember. My first memories are of me singing to my mother as she was washing clothes in the basement. During my first year of grade school, I performed a hymn for my home room teacher, which moved her to tears, and from then on I was a regular singing at local events and class performances. I joined various choirs later on, and also took keyboard lessons for many years.
At the age of 20, I had the opportunity to spend a year abroad as part of my college education, and I chose to travel to Sydney, Australia. Finally, my itch to travel and experience living in a different country came to fruition. I was supposed to only stay there for a year, but ended up living there for 6 years. Having drifted a little bit away from the music in my late teens, while in Australia I started rekindling my passion for singing. Taking some evening classes at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, I also began to take singing lessons and started toying with the idea of pursuing music professionally.
While in Sydney, Australia, life dealt me a heavy blow when my mother suddenly passed away. She had battled mental illness for as long as I could remember, and unfortunately chose to take her own life in the end. Despite her illness, her death still came as a shock to me, and became a major turning point in my life. Being confronted with death in such a way made me do some serious soul searching. I didn’t want to just grow old without having fully lived, and at least try to follow my heart and my dreams. This is when I decided to move to Los Angeles, CA, to study music.
I studied voice and recording engineering at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, and shortly after graduating, began performing around Los Angeles with my own band. A couple of years later, I recorded my first EP, with some great producers and musicians in Los Angeles. I started promoting the album, and got some favorable reviews and radio play. However, after having done that for some months, I suddenly hit a wall, so to speak, and it all came to a halt. For reasons that I didn’t understand at the time, a major block appeared when it came to music, and although I never felt that I could entirely give up on the music, I realized I had to stop pursuing it for a while.
After the death of my mother, I had some experiences that gently kickstarted a spiritual awakening of sorts within me. While healing my grief, I was introduced to some alternative healing modalities, such as essential oils, crystals, yoga and meditation. I found these to be very helpful in my healing, and as my creativity as a singer and musician dried up, I felt called to explore these areas more. Having discovered that I had some gifts as an energy healer, I began taking courses, and became a certified Kundalini Yoga & Meditation teacher, a Reiki Master, and certified vibrational healer. Being a musician, sound healing was naturally also a fascinating area to explore for me, and I started toning, playing the gong and crystal singing bowls.
I had taught yoga and worked as a healer and coach for a few years, alongside my job as a student counselor at Musicians Institute, when life again had other plans for me. In early 2017, I had another major spiritual awakening, this time accompanied by a kundalini awakening. This brought on an intense process of healing and transformation, and I was guided to move back to Norway again, after having been away for more than 20 years. I had never really planned to move back, but here I was, finding myself planning my return to the country of my roots.
I moved back in August, 2017, and have lived in Oslo, Norway since then. After coming back to Norway, I finally unblocked my musical creativity again. I started writing songs and even tried my hands at some basic music production. Combining my love of music with my explorations of alternatively healing and sound, I am currently working on releasing new music, as well as offering sound healing and spiritual coaching sessions. Feel free to check out my music and work on the other pages of my website, and contact me if you are interested in working with me in any capacity!
An adventurous soul, having always aspired to widen her horizons, Sweet Annie has lived on 3 continents, but also loves to stay home and explore the realms of her own inner being through meditation and other spiritual escapades. The inspiration for her music can be found in both these realities.
Growing up in rural Norway, she has been singing for as long as she can remember and performed at local venues whenever she had the chance. As a young adult, a move to Sydney, Australia introduced her to jazz and deepened her exploration of electronic music. She began to write songs. As music became an increasingly more important part of her life, she left Australia for Los Angeles, where she studied voice and audio engineering, and established a band that performed around the city.
Spirituality, the human psyche and the alchemy of love are topics often explored within her music, as Sweet Annie creates music that heals, uplifts and activates the listener. Her debut EP was released in early 2008, where she approaches themes of mental illness, loss and grief, and how to cope with them. Since this release, Sweet Annie took a long break from music, to explore the healing vibrations of sound and energy, chanting meditation and more.
After experiencing a massive spiritual awakening in early 2017 that brought her back to her native country of Norway, inspiration once again came knocking. Her new original song, One, is the first fruits of this labor, and this time she has also taken the helm as producer. Sacred love is at the heart of her new work, and her sound is an eclectic blend of downtempo electronica, New Age and jazz.