Artist, vocalist, writer and visionary Annabel (aka Black Cactus), was born and raised in South West London (UK) to Ghanaian parents.
At a young age and inspired by the only two known musicians to her in her family; (her Father and classically trained Grandmother) the eclectic influences that came from a mixture of her Father’s vinyl collection and the underscoring from film and musicals would later entice her into the prospect of singing and eventually creating her own music.
Annabel began her love affair with sound, inhibited, and at a young age as part of a C of E traditional chior. It would eventually become a lifelong adventure boldly into the world of musical art.
Annabel’s rich, deep tone and ethereal performance/vocal style has wowed many audience members and music listeners alike and it is this vocal quality which led to her performing and touring with the likes of Tom Odell, Plan B, Paloma Faith, Beenie Man, Jamie Cullum, Stormzy, Wiz Kid and Stevie Wonder.
She has performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, including the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the Graham Norton Show, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, the Late Show with James Cordon, The Brit Awards, Glastonbury, V Festival, Love Box Festival, and Secret Garden Festival.
Since that time, Annabel has been passionate about the use of sound and the cultivation of atmospheres. She has set about creating her own legacy, channeling full self-expression through her music, writing songs which audiences can ‘feel to’ and now looks forward to consistent releases under the artistic alias, Black Cactus through ’Gatekeepers Music’ a company of which she is one of the founding members.
The Black Cactus sound can be best described as soulful, ethereal and enchanting.
It is now Annabel’s life mission to weave boldness into each aspect of her life. She is motivated to leave a legacy of creating sound scapes and having her “dreams fulfilled” doing what she loves.