“Anna Duboc sings with the self-assuredness and richness of someone twice her age. In addition to her youthfulness, Duboc has already put in the work to warrant a comparison to other young songstresses like Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo. “ – American Songwriter magazine
World wise beyond her 15 years and more powerfully in touch with her deeper, darker emotions, than most teens, fast emerging indie pop artist Anna (pronounced AH-na) Duboc makes an impactful, definitive statement about her ever-evolving artistry as she gears up to release her debut EP, “Beautiful Nightmare.”
“I am usually very open about my emotions, though I don’t go into great detail about my personal life on my social media platforms,” says Anna. “If I can write, sing and produce songs that can connect with what other people are feeling and help them through their difficult times of anger sadness or confusion, that’s more important to me than worrying about my personal vulnerability.”
Anna manifests this philosophy with emphatic intention and a no-holds-barred approach to emotional storytelling on Beautiful Nightmare, her long-awaited debut EP that includes six smooth and soulful yet raw, deeply intense tracks offering her in the moment feelings during the difficult and challenging time of the pandemic lockdown.
The two infectious and powerful lead singles, “flowers and graves” and “Promises from Hell” set the tone for a hard-hitting set that allows Anna to showcase the range of her dusky, soulful voice while boldly sharing her pain, insecurity, dark emotions, and those hopeful shards of light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. The accompanying videos already have over 5 million vies on You Tube. The other tracks include “Mother Said” (based on a poem she wrote in English class), “prison cell” (about longing to break free from the painful thoughts of her imagination), “godsend” (reflecting a longing to reconnect with a seemingly perfect person/best friend who let her down) and the title track, the dreamy and ethereal, “A Beautiful Nightmare” – whose graceful vocal approach may remind listeners of one of Anna’s idols, Billie Eilish.
With all songs written by Anna and co-produced by Anna and her mother, veteran R&B/contemporary jazz singer/songwriter Carol Duboc, the EP features Anna’s dynamic lead vocals, vocal arrangements, keyboards and programming – along with contributions from a host of renowned Los Angeles based musicians. These include drummer Gary Novak, bassists John Leftwich and Rhonda Smith, electric guitarist Toshi Yanagi, keyboardist Matt Peterson, cellist Artyom Manukyan and acoustic guitarists Eugene Maltseve, Donovan Raitt and #1 Billboard charting artist Adam Hawley.
Having sung with everyone from Katy Perry and Andrea Bocelli to Kenny Loggins and performed with her middle school choir at Carnegie Hall, the multi-talented singer/songwriter is quickly emerging as a powerful, eloquent and inspirational voice of her generation and beyond. Over the past few years, she has released a series of popular singles and live performance piano and voice videos that have earned her thousands of streams and an incredible total of over 12 million views on YouTube, with over 37,000 subscribers to her page. She currently has 23,000 followers on Instagram and 93,000 on TikTok.
Anna launched her recording career in 2019 with her debut singles “Feel the Glow” and “Stay” (a duet with Disney star Dakota Lotus). In 2020, she dropped a total of five singles, the self-penned “Yellow Car,” “Lonely,” “Blamed It On Me” (featuring #1 Billboard charting jazz guitarist Adam Hawley) and “Ballad” and fresh re-imaginings of Billie Eilish’s “I Love You” and Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold.” One of her most popular videos (1.7M views) is a cover of “Break My Heart Again,” originally written and released by Eilish’s brother and producer Finneas.
“The main theme of the EP is expressing these dark emotions inside me and reflecting on how I cope with them,” Anna says. “The title ‘Beautiful Nightmare’ seemed to fit all these elements best, since it’s all about deep, mostly negative thoughts and includes images of nightmares with monsters attacking with hurtful thoughts. Yet because there’s a way out and I also share my feelings about having some hope for getting through it, there’s a beautiful ending.
“Whether people are familiar with my previous singles or are hearing my music for the first time,” she adds, “I think they’re going to learn that I’m not just a 14-year old who has some interesting ideas and puts them on paper, but I think through ways I can put emotions into my own words and metaphors. The overall message is that it’s ok to go through hard times. The songs reflect a side of me that not everyone sees right off or even after a while. We all wear a façade to a certain extent, but my music is a way to tear that off and show the more artistic and emotional side of me. I personally like the way the vocals surround you when you’re listening in speakers or headphones. The way we textured those really makes you feel the music.”
Having come from a highly artistic family, Anna has been singing, dancing, and performing on stage since she was four years old. Her mother Carol has penned hits for Patti Labelle, Tom Jones, and others and has hit the charts with numerous jazz albums over the past 18 years. While one of Anna’s great grandmothers was a prima ballerina, the other was a concert pianist. Her great grandfather was an opera singer. From ages 4 to 7, Anna sang “Yesterday” so often that her tennis coach nicknamed her after the Beatles classic. Influenced by everyone from Queen to Ariana Grande and Rihanna and more recently Billie Eilish, Anna began writing songs in the third grade and created a CD of her music for a school assignment.
Anna’s musical theater resume is off the charts as well. Her theatre school, the Adderley School for Performing Arts, has been the home of Jack Dylan Grazer (from Stephen King’s “It” and “Shazam”), Dakota Lotus (from Disney’s “Coop and Cami”), and Golden Globe winner Ben Platt (from “The Book of Mormon,” “Pitch Perfect,” “Dear Evan Hansen”). Anna performed the lead role in “Anything Goes,” her first musical, at age 5 with Grazer and as Penny in “Hairspray” with Lotus. Other shows she has starred in include “West Side Story,” “Les Miserable,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and “Ruthless.”
Anna has also enjoyed being a member of the MnR Dance Team, a competitive group that competes throughout Southern California and performs for local children’s charities. After winning the combination dance and singing solo competition, Anna was asked to sing the solo at Staples Center in front of Shaquille O’Neal and the L.A. Clippers. In August 2019, she performed numerous solos in the “Footloose” revival concert with Kenny Loggins and his band to an awestruck crowd.
“Between a difficult breakup and the lockdown, I’ve been on a major emotional roller coaster this past year – which hasn’t been easy personally but has actually been great creatively for my songwriting and musical expression. The songs I have been writing all reflect this journey of dealing with both these issues and having other things thrown at me in the middle of the pain and suffering. I’m excited to share them because if they’ve been cathartic and healing for me, I know they will be equally meaningful for others.”