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 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
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.
- "Women who seek to be equal to men, lack ambition" --- Marilyn Monroe, Ana's favorite quote
Yes, They SaiD It...
Comfort To The Soul (2003)
Still Making History (2007)
Blind For Love (2009)
Ana! Live in Amsterdam (2005)
An evening at Trasimeno Lake.(2010)
Proud Uncle, Luuk, Ana and Lenna
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.
- "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,"