Edge of America
Annie Humphrey is an Ojibwe mother, singer, songwriter and visual artist who was born and raised on the Leech Lake Reservation in Northern Minnesota. Annie discovered at the age of eight that playing the piano and guitar came easy to her, and she began writing songs as a young adult. Feeling smothered on the Reservation, Annie enlisted in the United States Marine Corp at the age of 23. Near the end of her four-year tour she graduated from Police Academy in San Marcos, California. In 1994, Annie was honrably discharged from the Marines. Since that time, Annie has concentrated on motherhood and music and feels her role as a mother is her greatest accomplishment. 'My children are the inspiration for all I do,' says Annie. Annie's music career began out of pure necessity. With two young children to care for, she began performing at coffee houses and local events. Over the years her songwriting has focused on a specific theme with a message to 'Be brave and have a good journey.' Her first recording, The Heron Smiled, won her national recognition as Female Artist of the Year and Best Folk Recording at the 2000 Native American Music Awards. In 2004, her second recording, Edge of America was e released. The title track from this recording was later featured on Chris Eyre's film Edge of America. Prior to her career as a musician, performer and recording artist with Makoche' Recording Company, Annie also studied painting and sculpture. Today Annie has three children and is happily married to her husband Mark (also a former Marine). Annie continues to write music and perform, while also pursuing her art creer. Her special interest is Turtle Heart, a group she founded that works with youth in her community to promote positive lifestyle choices.