Singer, writer and artist, Annabel (aka Black Cactus), was born and raised in London (UK) to Ghanaian parents.
At the tender age of eleven years old, she stumbled into the prospect of singing lead on stage after the lead singer in her school choir fell ill prior to a performance. Painfully shy, Annabel stepped up as replacement and experienced a taste for what would eventually become a lifelong adventure in the world of musical art.
Annabel’s rich and deep tone has wowed many audience members and music listeners alike and it was this vocal quality which led to her professional debut at the Royal Albert Hall, performing with Cliff Richard and Patti Boulaye for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
She has since gone on to perform 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, performing with the likes of Tom Odell, Plan B, Stormzy, Paloma Faith, Jamie Cullum and PJ Cooper. Since that time, Annabel has been passionate about channeling full self-expression through her music, writing songs which the audience can ‘feel to’ and now looks forward to consistent releases under the artistic alias, Black Cactus.
The Black Cactus sound can be best described as soulful, ethereal and enchanting.
After having battles with her mental health, the famous Osho saying “a certain darkness is needed to see the stars” sparked a new fire within Annabel and became a major source of inspiration for her to live life in a manner like never before; this defining moment gave her the impetus to take control of her life rather than being controlled by circumstances in life.
It is now Annabel’s life mission to weave boldness into each aspect of her life. ’Bold Like Me’, a movement she created shortly after the aforementioned defining moment, has kept Annabel accountable for this mission of boldness.
Becoming a mother has further motivated her to leave a legacy of “dreams fulfilled” through doing what she loves.