As a child of six, she would interrupt errands for her mother and descend into the local subway station to vocalize in “competition” with the express train. “I wanted to have that kind of power in my voice.” Her parents, Italian immigrants, were quick to recognize the presence of star quality in their midst. With their encouragement, she soon was exposed to the very best in career training, studying with the legendary vocal coach, Carlo Menotti and world renowned acting teacher, Lee Strassberg. Ann is a theater degree graduate of Marymount Manhattan College and graduated with honors, medals, and awards. She was also elected to “WHO’S WHO” among students in American universities and colleges 1996-1997 in recognition of outstanding merit and accomplishment.
At the age of five she became part of the “Golden Age” of live television, as a soloist on the weekly “The Children’s Hour,” where she was often called on to deliver the program’s commercials. Her appearances brought her to the attention of Tin Pan Alley legend Harry Ravel (“Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?” “With My Eyes Wide Open I’m Dreaming”), who decided to make her the next Shirley Temple. It was Ravel who shaped her early career developing her stage talent, providing her piano accompaniment and, most of all, teaching her that, “You have to have personality when you sing, you have to put some pizzazz into it,” – a lesson the then 7 year old learned well.
Born in Brooklyn, NY of Italian descent, Ann Anello was also known as Ann [Anne] Marie from the 1960s through 1976 and had many chart singles. Little Ann Marie first sang to an audience at the age of three. Her stage was a fire escape; her audience the neighborhood; the place: Brooklyn, New York. She claims to have sung before she could actually talk. To sing was to be heard, to be recognized, and she wanted this more than anything else.