Born an independent spirit in St. Louis, Mo., on April 27, 1947, to a musical family, Ann Peebles’ destiny was all but assured. Her powerful singing voice, emanating from a diminutive frame, usually caught audiences unaware; but it only made her statue on the stage all the more remarkable and impressive.
No female artist in Memphis’ history has achieved the level of consistency that Peebles’ records have over a longer time span. Few Memphis artists have had their work covered more often and by a more diverse group of artists. “She’s my hero,” Bonnie Raitt told Rolling Stone in an interview. That admiration is shared among many musicians and music critics, nationally and internationally, who admire the artistry Peebles brings to her work.
Ann Peebles is always classy but often sassy, graceful yet forceful, reserved but emotionally deep. Her image and the attitudes portrayed in her music often vacillate, but always genuinely, making her an overwhelmingly soulful artist who firmly expresses her convictions.Artwork courtesy Peebles Family Collection