Journalists describe songwriter/recording artist Anouschka as a mix of Joan Osborne, Marianne Faithful, and Nora Jones. Genre-bending, social commentary, guitar chops, and a slightly detuned vocal expression offer a signature style that has won her worldwide airplay and chart placements. “I’m not faithful to any one genre because a well-crafted song should be open to interpretation in any style. So, I go wherever the song takes me”, she says.
Anouschka's mother is Swedish; her father American. Her family was constantly moving since her father worked in the U.S. army. By 16, Anouschka had seen much of the world and met people from all walks of life. She travels between musical styles with the same ease. "Anouschka fills every song she does with intrigue....whether she works in the jazz, blues or rock idiom." Rootsy Magazine, Sweden 2013
As for interpretation Anouschka says it depends on what exploration phase she's in. Her anti-purist approach comes from fronting Sweden's all-girl rock band “Svarta Änkan” (Black Widow) to playing New York’s underground scene in the late 80s. Her rock roots got an anti-folk edge in New York which inspired themes of marginalized society. “Her affecting songs exert a seductive charm, leaving a vivid impression of their cast of searching characters: barflies with the cocaine blues, slumming cover girls, lost runaways, lovelorn 12-step diehards.“ (Boston Phoenix 1998)
Jazz influences entered her writing when she attended Berklee College in the 90s where she also developed her acoustic style. "She's “an accomplished guitar player who uses chromatic chord changes, subtle underscoring, and lots of surprising dynamics.” (Music Connection 2000)
Music Connection also predicted that, “in a year or so, Anouschka could be an AC favorite” when she arrived in Los Angeles, but Anouschka was arrested and wrongly accused of assaulting a police officer while trying to save a dog. Rather than serve a one-year probation, she left for Sweden. She formed a band with James Bradly Jr. (Anita Baker. Chuck Mangione, Slash, Beastie Boys) and Chuck Anthony (Ace of Base, Backstreet Boys) and recorded “My Kind of Heartbreak” which charted on AMA, USA. "Impressive writing is showcased by very professionally handled instrumentation and attention to detail." Rhythm & Booze, UK
In 2009, Anouschka went to Berlin, Germany and recorded the EP "So Why?" with metal producer Harris Johns. "So Why?" held the #1 for Germany for over a year at Reverbnation Charts. 4 star reviews and top rotation came in from Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium and France. Bluesrock.com wrote that her song Silently "is a Bob Dylan level one... it also contains everything needed for thousands of interpretations - from folk to heaviest blues rock.”
Anouschka's dog died during the recording. To combat the grief, she signed up as a volunteer in the South African bush. Upon her return to Berlin, she composed an anthem for animal rights “Dying to Be Free” with noted South African author/preservationist Gareth Patterson. Her message as an artist is one of compassion and reverence for Earth, animals and one another.
In response to fan requests for a solo album, Anouschka released "Hollywood Ending" January 2013. Inspired by anti-folk artists, she kept production raw and brutally honest. The album has receieved 4-star reviews in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, and Sweden. The song “Kiss Me Hello” can be heard in the Swedish documentary film "Rötter" .