Ojibwe artist Annie Humphrey is a mother, singer, songwriter and visual artist who was born and raised on the Leech Lake Reservation in Northern Minnesota. Her first national recording, The Heron Smiled, won her national recognition as Female Artist of the Year and Best Folk Recording at the 2000 Native American Music Awards.
In 2004, her second recording, Edge of America was released. The title track from this recording was later featured on Chris Eyre’s film Edge of America. Her latest album, Uncombed Hair, has won her a nomination for the 2016 NAMMY’s Artist of the Year.
Annie’s father taught her to play guitar in the first grade and she taught herself to play the piano at age 8. She began writing songs as a young adult. Growing up, music was always part of her culture and in her home. She is the daughter of author, Anne Dunn.
After attending high school and University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where she majored in Art and studied painting and sculpture, she teamed with guitarist Don Robinson and they made the 1989 album For the Children which was released regionally.
As the mother of two children, (she now has three children), she began performing at coffee houses and local events to support her family.
At the age of 23, she enlisted in the United States Marine Corp and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan for a year. Near the end of her four-year tour she graduated from the Marines Police Academy in San Marcos, California. Annie met her husband Mark Jimenez while in the Marines. In 1994, Annie was honorably discharged from the Marines.
When she returned to Minnesota, in 1995, she made her first solo album, Justice Hunter, also released regionally. She sang three songs on the various-artists album The Whispering Tree, released by the independent label Makoché, and Makoché signed her to a contract, giving her her first nationally distributed release, The Heron Smiled, in 2000.
In 2001, Annie received The Female Artist of the Year Award, and The Heron Smiled was voted Best Folk recording of the year at the Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS). Then in 2003, she won Best Video of the Year for Spirit Horses with John Trudell. In 2003 Edge of America was released on the Makoche label. In 2008, Annie released the long-awaited Sound of Ribbons on her Indie label, Red Cedar Music. The Sound of Ribbons focuses on daily life experiences with lyrics that pluck the familiarities of the heart.
Today, Annie Humphrey-Jimenez lives an organic life close to nature and has become an advocate for preserving the land and protecting wildlife. Her original music and lyrics are the product of her own life experiences. Over the years her songwriting has focused on a specific theme with a message to “Be brave and have a good journey.” The songs mirror and parallel her life’s journey. They are soulful and melodic, and will pluck your heart strings.
She continues to write music and perform, while also pursuing her art and music careers.
Her special interest is Turtle Heart, a group she founded that works with youth in her community to promote positive lifestyle choices.
Edge Of America
The Sound of Ribbons