anna comes from a family of musicians and writers…
Her father, Gary Montgomery, was known for his songwriting, B3 organ and harmonica playing. His band, The Colours, with partner Jack Dalton is now considered a psychedelic rock cult classic. He was signed to both Motown Records and Dot/Paramount and worked with notable musicians such as T-Bone Burnett, Kim Carnes, Leon Russell, and had cuts with David Cassidy and The Turtles.
Her mother, Kay Montgomery, is an opera singer and renowned vocal coach in the US and Europe with a career that spanned from regional opera to coaching at the Munich Opera House. She also starred in Phantom of the Opera in Hamburg, Germany in the operatic role of Carlotta. She is currently a faculty member at the esteemed Colburn School of Music, where she trains Los Angeles’ finest young classical voices.
As for Anna, she began her musical training at the age of 4 and began performing on stage with her parents’ bands by 6. Always involved in live acts growing up, she trained informally with both of her parents in songwriting, piano playing and singing. She was formally trained at Western Michigan University in the country’s leading vocal jazz program and at Goshen College, where her mother was part of the music department.
Her formal singing career began Chicago when she was discovered by Pete Cosey, guitar player for Aretha Franklin and Miles Davis, who produced her first demo. In the mid 1990′s, Anna moved to Los Angeles and began intensive training with Platinum songwriter, Harriet Schock, and formed her own rhythm and blues band with doo-wop legend, Buzz Clifford. The collaboration of Montgomery and Clifford resulted in the release of her debut album, Lyin’ in the Face of Love, which garnered critical acclaim and attracted the attention of Grammy Winner, Shelby Lynne. After seeing Anna perform at a West Hollywood club, Lynne invited Anna to join her band and go on the road in support of Lynne’s album, Identity Crisis. She became back-up singer and opening act for Lynne’s national tour. Lynne began producing demos of Anna’s original work in her home studio. Anna was presented with a Los Angeles Music Award for Best Adult Contemporary Artist on stage at the House of Blues in West Hollywood on the West Coast leg of the Shelby Lynne tour.
Anna’s live television performances include The Ellen Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Soundstage presents Shelby Lynne- Live in Concert.
In 2005, Anna's father died suddenly. The healing process resulted in her second album, Triple Seven, which is a posthumous collaboration between Anna and her father.
2004-2007: Anna was the keyboard player and singer in the touring all female cover band, BandShe.
2007-2009: Anna fronted the LA based rock band, Raw Sugar, which had a standing gig at Room 5 in Hollywood and released a self-titled album.
In 2009 Anna won a Los Angeles Women in Music Comet Award, and released her single, Negative Child, (B side, The Mad Waltz) produced by Matt Pzonak.
2011: Anna released her 4th solo album, The Lean. A self produced voice and piano only project.
2012: Anna received international recognition when her long standing partnership with dance hit song maker, Alexander Perls results in 5 consecutive #1 hit songs in Europe. Superbomb, released by DJ Robert M remains #1 on Polish popular music charts for 7 months and is nominated for Polish MTV’s Song of the Year. Her work with Perls propels her into a career as a dance topline singer and writer.
She founded a vocal production company with Los Angeles producer, Evan Frankfort and Ruvin Spivak, Esq under the name Pinky Shake. Their work resulted in widely rotated cuts and remixes on European dance and popular music radio. See discography for details.
2013: Anna goes to New York to record her 5th solo project with producer, Matt Pzsonak. Dream Logic is a concept album on dreaming life and the nature of reality and is a stylistic departure into electronica.
It’s a busy year as a second project premieres with partner Aaron Kaplan under the band name Stonecutter’s Union. Anna fronts the mostly Kaplan composed and produced record, Casting Spells.
Seeking American exposure in the dance genre, Anna begins to establish herself writing for Deadmau5’s acclaimed featured singer, SOFI (of “Sofi Needs and Ladder”), as they build repertoire for SOFI’s EP co-written with Tommy Lee of Motley Crew.