Antje is Alissa's college roommate from her freshman year at UDel. I fell in love with one of her songs from her very first tape ten years ago.
I was a full-on Antje groupie before I met her a few years ago at a small show in Philly. Her song "Long Way" became my personal soundtrack when I moved to Florida. Her song "Anna" makes me cry, and then it makes me call my Nanny (who is doing much better and not totally hating the nursing home these days, as she made two friends and is going to the dining hall for meals now and likes the hairdresser and met a nice man who is cute for being 80-something, except he's deaf but supposedly he smiles a lot, which is nice- You know? When I write it like that, it sounds like I'm talking about someone in their freshman year of college, if the cute guy were 18 instead of 80).
ANYWAY, I did a photo shoot for Antje and tonight she released her first ever polished studio-recorded CD at a concert in Boston. She was amazing tonight. I offered to document the evening for her, and got to sit right up front and took a lot of photos, which I will share with you here soon. I'm so awed and touched. She was mobbed- MOBBED I tell you- at intermission with people wanting autographs and to tell her stories of how her music touched their lives and I felt so lucky to sort of be a part of it, to see it, and hear her and watch it unfold it and know that this is really, really, really just the beginning of amazing things for her.