The story of the Annie Moses Band began in a cotton field in North Texas during the Great Depression. Annie Moses, our great grandmother, picked cotton for a wealthy landowner and scrimped and saved to pay for a few piano lessons for our grandmother, Jane.
Jane learned from her mother’s sacrifice. Years later, she pinched pennies so our mother, Robin, could learn piano, a pursuit that took her to Oklahoma City University. There she met our father, Bill, a jazz man who loved chord progressions and arranging. Together they wrote a steady stream of extraordinary songs, including the Sandi Patti hit, “Make His Praise Glorious.”
While Sandi was singing the words of the Psalmist (“praise the Lord with strings!”), we were putting those words into practice - literally. Growing up our parents worked hard to give us the best musical education possible. It was a trajectory that took us all the way to the Juilliard School.
In 2002 our family came to a crossroads - do we stay on the classical path or take a risk and make our own music?
The answer was the Annie Moses Band, an eclectic sound that reflected our family’s unique blend of roots music and classical polish. Over 15 years later the Annie Moses Band has recorded more than a dozen albums, produced Telly-nominated PBS specials, traveled to Europe and Asia, and performed on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.
But the journey didn’t stop with our own music. In 2010 we founded a non-profit, Annie Moses Foundation, which nurtures the artistic development of families. The Annie Moses Foundation supports our local Conservatory, our online music curricula, and our annual Summer Music Festival here in Music City. Pouring our talents into the lives of young musicians is deeply fulfilling. Our vision is to see a new generation of faith-filled artists who can fill every art form with truth, beauty and goodness.
It’s been an exciting journey so far, and the legacy of Annie Moses continues!