Anj Granieri

Anj Granieri is an original singer songwriter based out of Atlantic City. She plays the piano and will perform at White Horse Winery 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. We spoke to her in advance of her show.

1. What have you been up to lately musically? Any plans for a new record/tour?

Anj Granieri: I’ve been working on restoring a 1975 Airstream into my future home on wheels, mobile office and touring vehicle. Since I started this process without any prior knowledge of craftsmanship, it’s been a steep learning curve for me. But I’m having a lot of fun in the process! So I really haven’t been writing or recording anything new lately — because all my focus is on getting the airstream up and running. Once I’m on the go, I’m sure another record will be in the works!

2. How have your live shows evolved since you began performing?

AG: In the beginning, when I was very young, I played a lot of coffee shops and open mics. Intimate settings. As I got older, I worked a lot more commercial gigs like clubs, corporate events, restaurants to pay the bills. Eventually though, I decided that what I ultimately cared about was connecting with an audience. So, a few years ago, I started veering towards more house concerts and house concert tours. I enjoy this type of performing the most because it takes me back to the intimate roots that I sought out in the first place when I began performing. I can connect with a small group of people, and in between the songs, I can share the genesis of how the song came to be written. I find I sell more CDs and make more fans at house concerts than anywhere else.

3. Tell us the most bizarre/unexpected thing that has happened during one of your performances

AG: About 10 years ago when I was playing at a local area winery. A gentlemen who I later came to find out had gotten lost in the woods behind the grounds, stormed into the winery in his hospital gown and boots and right through the restaurant where I was playing. His backside was showing and the gown was not closed! I just kept playing on autopilot! I was told later that he walked into a wedding reception, took the microphone and started making a toast! I still wonder what they gave him for pain at the hospital!

4. What’s the best TV show you have binge watched this year?

AG: Believe it or not, the best show I binge-watched was “The Golden Girls” from the 1980s. Every few years I watch that show from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen the episodes, I crack up every single time I watch those four zany ladies!

5. What song from the last 60 years do you wish you had written and why?

AG: Wow, that is a tough question to answer! It’s so difficult to pick one song from 60 years of music. But, I guess if I had to chose a song I’d wish I’d written, I’d go with “Long December” by the Counting Crows. They actually aren’t my favorite band in the world, but I do really enjoy their music and I saw them in concert many times in their heyday. That one song though, I feel like it represents my generation: like it almost defines us in a way. The kind of transparent imperfection, melancholy, and seeking of truth that exists in that song, really captured what I think separated the ‘90s music from other decades after it. Aside from straight bubblegum pop music, the rock and singer/songwriter music was raw, gritty and in your face with its honesty. It captured the essence of a whole generation of kids who had grown up with an analog childhood and were coming into a digital adulthood, and were trying to hold onto something real. I’d love to written a song that captured a time and a generation like Adam Duritz did.

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