Ana Popović was born on May 13, 1976 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. Her
father, Milutin, was a decent guitarist and bass player and was always inviting
friends for nightly jam sessions at their home. Ana often listened to her
father's extensive blues and soul record collection. At the age of 15,  Ana
first picked up her father's guitar. Upon completion of school in 1994, Ana
makes the decision to study Graphic Design at the University of Belgrade.
In 1999, at the age of 23, she feigned continuing her education in graphic
design to concentrate on her music career. She was accepted at Utrecht
Conservatory after sending an audition tape and moved to The Netherlands
to study jazz guitar and world guitar. She formed a Dutch version of the 'Ana
Popovic Band' which quickly became a fixture on the Dutch blues scene.
In 2003, Ana returned to Memphis and to record her second album for Ruf Records,
Comfort to the Soul  50% produced again by Gaines and the other half by David Z
(Prinz, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang). The album featured a tasteful tribute to SRV on
"
Navajo Moon", a cover of the Mississippi Shieks classic, "Sittin' on Top of the World"
and a couple of her original kick ass rockers, "
Fool Proof" and "Love Me Again". The
album's mix of blues, rock, soul and jazz resulted in a nomination at the W.C. Handy
Awards in Memphis for 'Best New Artist' of 2003. Ana remains the only European
artist ever nominated in this category. The effort was also nominated for “Best Blues
Album’’ at the Jammie Awards in New York City. Ana closed her breakout year by
joining the
Solomon Burke Tour at the 'Rhythm & Blues Fest' in Peer, Belgium,
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Ana celebrated the signing of her next recording contract with LA-based  
EclectoGroove, by being nominated along with
Tab Benoit and Joe Bonamassa
for 'Blues Artist of the Year' by
BluesWax Magazine. Her first album for
ElectroGrovve,
Still Making History (2007), featured some of her more impressive  
guitar riffs like those on "
How'd You Learn to Shake it Like That", "Hold On", or
her mellow blues on "
You Complete Me".
Ana continued her string of awards in 2004 by winning the Jazz à Juan Revelation in
Juan-les-Pins, France prior to the release of her third album, a live album recorded at
the 'Melkweg' in Amsterdam.
Ana! Live in Amsterdam was simultaneously released on a
Live from Amsterdam DVD. She ended her association with the German label in Dubai
as part of Ruf's 'Blues Caravan - Ladies Night' with
Sue Foley and Candye Kane.
Popović founded her first serious band at the age of 19 with friend and
guitarist, Rade Popovic. By 1998, her first serious band, Hush, was playing
over a hundred shows a year, making appearances on Yugoslavian
television and opening shows for blues musicians like Junior Wells outside
her native Serbia. The end of the Communist era in Yugoslavia meant Ana's
band was now free to travel. After playing blues festivals throughout Greece
and Hungary, Hush released their debut album,
Hometown (1998).
She soon expanded her appearance schedule to include German Blues festivals.
She signed with the German based Ruf Records, and traveled to Memphis to record
her first of three LPs with the label,
Hush! in 2001. Produced by Jim Gaines (Santana
and Stevie Ray Vaughan),
Bernard Allison also makes a guest appearance on the
album. This is followed by Ana's inclusion on the Jimi Hendrix tribute CD: 'Blue Haze',
where she performed Hendrix' "Belly Button Window" and toured with Allison. This led
to Ana's joining the 2002 European '
Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tour' with Walter Trout and
her first US Tour while, at the same time, receiving nominations for 'Best Singer',
'Best Guitarist' and Best Album' at the 2002 blues Awards in France
Her recent release, Unconditional (2011), with the hit "One Room Country Shack"
was produced by Grammy winner, John Porter, featuring some of New Orleans
"
Top 10 Slide Guitarists"), Jon Cleary on the B3 and harpist, Jason Ricci. Ana
deceived three more nominations: 'Contemporary Blues Album', Best
Contemporary Blues Female Artist' and 'Best DVD' for her live concert recorded
during the 2010 Trasimeno Blues Festival,
An Evening at Trasimeno Lake.      
(This video is the full 70 minute concert).
Ana's 2012 recording session at Ardent studios was interrupted by the
birth of Ana's daughter and second child, Lenna, on June 1, 2012. Her last
gig of 2012  before giving birth was at the
B'Jazz Festival in Burghausen,
Germany. She finishes 2012 with a 6=country, four-week tour of Europe
before opening her 2013 tour in the US on January 26, 2013 in Homer, NY.
Her 2013 tour schedule includes 14 blues festivals throughout Europe
including a repeat performance at the
Suwalki Blues Festival in Suwalki,
Poland, which she tore up in 2011.  
Some of Ana's more memorable stage collaborations include Walter Trout,
Buckwheat Zydeco, Buddy Guy, Tallan Noble Latz, Jonny Lang, Sonny
Mike Zito and Robert Cray. Enjoy this rare video interview with Ana from
this EuroMaxx TV feature and this
2002 interview with Ana when her first
album for Ruf Records,
Hush! first came out.  Follow Ana's career and tour
info at her
official website.
  • "Women who seek to be equal to men, lack ambition" --- Marilyn Monroe, Ana's favorite quote
ANA'S   DISCOGRAPHY
Yes, They SaiD It...
STUDIO ALBUMS
Hometown (1998)
Hush! (2000)
Comfort To The Soul (2003)
Still Making History (2007)
Blind For Love (2009)
Unconditional (2011
LIVE ALBUMS
Ana! Live in Amsterdam (2005)
An evening at Trasimeno Lake.(2010)
Proud Uncle, Luuk, Ana and Lenna
COLLABORATIONS
Blue Haze: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix (2001)
Her second ElectroGroove album, Blind For Love (2009) was more rooted and
based in a hardened rock & roll attitude. It exemplified the difference in her, apart
from other female rockers in that her lyrics are more complex in nature, and move
along swiftly from idea to idea, rather than hammering across one specific theme.

Bilnd for Love
reached #1 in the US Billboard Blues Charts. After 152 concert
dates, with
tours of Russia, Mexico, Europe and the US, she takes time off to have
her son, Luuk. But not much time... as she immediately does a 5 week US and
Canadian tour with baby Luuk, Jonny Lang, Ronnie Earl and Los Lobos. A tour
with BB King and an appearance at the
Montreal Jazz Festival followed the
release of
Blind for Love in 2009.
ANA SAID...
  • "I listened to a lot of Taj Mahal, and admired what he was doing with his voice, being able to transmit the
    emotion of anger, laughter, and sadness to the listener. Actually I like to bring up to my audience,'How
    does Ana sound when she's angry, and when she's sad, in love, or worried,  with my voice and with my
    guitar, and to melt all my musical influences,"