Annie Danielewski at EdgeFest in Dayton, Ohio, 1996 (photo by Kent Hagan)
|Birth name||Anne Decatur Danielewski|
|Born||March 23, 1968|
|Origin||New York City, U.S.|
Anne "Annie" Decatur Danielewski (born March 23, 1968), professionally known as Poe, is an American singer and songwriter. She first hit the modern rock charts in the mid-1990s. Poe is the daughter of Polish film director Tad Danielewski and his second wife, Priscilla Machold. She is the sister of author Mark Z. Danielewski. Poe's musical style is a blend of folk, rock and electronica elements backing intimate lyrical compositions. Poe was signed to Atlantic Records from 1995–2001. She is currently on her label RePoezessed Records.
Poe grew up in Provo, Utah, where her father was a professor at Brigham Young University. She eventually began pursuing her undergraduate studies at Princeton University where she organized her first band. Her first album, Hello, was released in 1995. Her debut single, "Angry Johnny," got much radio and MTV airplay.
Occupied by extensive small club tours, she was unable to produce a second album until 2000's Haunted. Poe included her late father on Haunted after discovering cassette tapes containing his voice. But listening to them the first time proved so difficult that she was hesitant to use them in her music. "I took these tapes home and I couldn't listen to them," Poe explains. "It was too hard, so I kept finding ways to avoid it. They were sitting on my coffee table next to a boombox." The album also dovetails with themes and concepts from her brother Mark's postmodern novel House of Leaves; the CD and the book were released simultaneously. Poe and Mark toured together across America at Borders Books and Music locations in support of the album and the novel.
A remix of the song, "Hey Pretty", featured Mark reading a passage from the novel. It was released on one of the Haunted singles and became a radio hit. Hey Pretty was also the theme to a short-lived MTV soap opera Spyder Games. The show usually ended with bits of the risque video or a picture of the single's cover. In 10 Things I Hate About You the character of Kat has the Poe ball on her schoolbook.
Poe started a campaign which she referred to as the "Re-POE-Session", an attempt to gain control of her master recordings from her former record label, Atlantic Records, because they refused to re-release her albums although she was still under contract. Her dedicated fan base, "The Angry Psychos", supported her fight by passing a "Poe Ball" around the country to show their support. In 2004, both albums were re-released on CD by FEI/Sheridan Square Records, and in downloadable form on various online music stores.
According to statements on her official forum, Poe has (or had) started work on a third album, but details are sketchy and several years have passed since the first announcement. Her most recent work includes collaborations with Rhys Fulber's solo project, Conjure One. She has had a part in the writing and singing of five songs on Conjure One's albums: "Center of the Sun" and "Make a Wish" on the self-titled first album and "Endless Dream," "One Word" and "Extraordinary Way" on Extraordinary Ways. She is credited as Jane on this later album.
Poe appeared in the movie Gossip performing the song "My Lips are Sealed" (a cover of The Go-Go's' "Our Lips Are Sealed"), and as a CGI character, Mary Magdalene/Plague, in the PlayStation game, Apocalypse. Apocalypse also featured an alternate version of her song, "Control", later released on Haunted.
Poe provides the voice of "Single Mother" in the movie musical "Repo! The Genetic Opera", along with other voices. In November 2007 Poe began collecting MP3 recordings of dream accounts on her website, Repoezessed.