Say Anise is London-based independent musician Emily Barnett. Her music is heavily influenced by the 60s and early 70s era of singer-songwriters, with a focus on story-telling lyrics, soaring melodies and layered harmonies. Her debut EP 'Say What You Want’ (2021) was recorded in various studios across London and mixed by Kristofer Harris (Belle & Sebastian, Ghostpoet). Inspired by a breakup, there is a continuous theme throughout the EP of looking at the world we live in and questioning everything.
“Say Anise uses four very different tracks to touch on a range of topics with stunning vulnerability and openness” - The Other Side Reviews
The only child of classically trained musicians, Emily was brought up on a mix of classical, 80s and 90s pop (her father was in the band Kissing The Pink), folk, jazz, and musicals. She played the violin and sang in choirs before picking up the guitar as a teenager and writing her first songs. She joined a band and started playing the London circuit, but it was upon discovering the music of Joni Mitchell and other 60s/70s folk musicians at university that she began to take songwriting more seriously, eventually building up the courage to share these songs with an audience. Her influences now include contemporary singer-songwriters like Anaïs Mitchell, This is the Kit, Adrianne Lenker and Aoife O’Donovan.
She has spent the last few years gigging extensively throughout London, performing at venues such as The Waiting Room, Stoke Newington and The Half Moon, Putney, during which time she met and collaborated with a community of like minded singer-songwriters, playing in a number of bands and lending her vocals to artists such as Lake Folks, Easymess, Brian Grogan and Ali Neil. Along with her debut EP, she has released several singles, including her second release ‘Fill It Up’, which was released through indie label Copper Brown.