LOOKING FORWARD: Annastasia Baker
EVER SINCE Annastasia Baker won Britain’s leading gospel talent show Time2Shine 2013, the young singer has been on a roll.
The achievements of the singer, born in Jamaica and raised in south London, include recording the single Pass It On with rising gospel star Joshua Rogers (he won Sunday Best, the US equivalent of Time2Shine), and being interviewed by a host of American media.
She embarked on a UK-wide tour at the beginning of the year and has recently released her debut album You Turn. As you can imagine Annastasia is excited about this new development in her career.
Annastasia describes You Turn as “music from the heart” and shared the reasoning behind the album title.
“Often we don’t realise there are situations we go through and we can turn them around ourselves by a single choice.
“You don’t have to give up, there is always another direction to take. In driving, the u-turn manoeuvre or three-point turn is a common practice of turning in the opposite direction, my life has done a complete u-turn, and things do change and they will get better.”
It’s safe to say that Annastasia, 27, who attends the New Testament Church of God (NTCG) in Lee, south London, experienced a u-turn when she entered and won Time 2 Shine.
She had previously entered X Factor and even made it through to the infamous Boot Camp.
However, it seems God wanted her to take another path. “I have achieved so many things so early on in my career with Time2Shine, things I didn’t even imagine happening.
“Meeting, working with or being in touch with icons, great figures and peers, national and international opportunities, there have already been so many priceless blessings.
“I have a brilliant team who believe in me and my project, it’s amazing and I’m so thankful.”
One gospel icon Annastasia can say she’s met and performed with is Kirk Franklin. Not only was she a support act at his recent London gig, she performed on stage with him.
She recalled: “I was enjoying the show side stage with my team and unexpectedly, I noticed him calling me up to the stage. I was so shocked but there was no time to question it - when Kirk Franklin calls, you have to go!”
Performing Stomp and Smile with Franklin and his singers brought back good memories for Annastasia.
“I love Smile and sang it during the Time2Shine competition so it has so much meaning, just like Stomp which I also grew up on.
“When I was younger, me and a friend made up a dance routine to that song and performed it at our church.
“So to support someone I have grown up listening to, and sing with to close the show, it was an unbelievable experience.”
In all that Annastasia does, she wants it known that her faith in God is very important to her.
“Faith always impacts my music ministry as faith is why I have the album that I have right now.
“My belief in God has allowed me to have the album exactly as it is and have so many doors open for me, blessing me with so many opportunities, even this early on in life. It just makes me believe even more. “
Aside from promoting her album, Annastasia’s thoughts are focused on her tour which culminates with a performance at The O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on November 15. She is so looking forward to it.
“So far, the tour has been amazing. I don’t want it to end but at the same time I cannot wait for November to arrive when I’ll be doing my biggest headlined show with a live band and lots of surprises!
“The stage is like my playground, so I am looking forward to sharing it and playing with and for people.
“I love people, I love sharing and I can’t wait to connect so much more.”
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