Annie Oakley is an indie folk band fronted by identical twin sisters Jo and Sophia Babb, paired with the violin and harmonies of Nia Personette. They’re keen on telling stories that touch on the most human of elements, finding the sweetest harmonies they can, and playing shows where they meet the listeners they're playing for.
Jo & Sophia began their journey with songwriting after the death of their father at the beginning of adolescence. Their mother would tell them in consolation, “Write, girl, write it all down. Write down your feelings, they need a way out.” So, the twins wrote incessantly. Writing and expression of their pain and stories became a daily ritual for them. Their songs became a lighthouse in the darkness.
Nia, the third member of the band, also lost her father during the same period of time. With this mutually shared grief, the women became closer than friends — they were three sisters instead of two. The young women wrote songs, played countless shows, and began touring with their message of respite amongst hardship during this period of recovery in adolescence.
Now, the women have graduated from college and the grief that first brought them to music. Once their remedy for pain, folk music has become their means for joy. The recent release of their first full-length album, Words We Mean, chronicles their transition from youth to young womanhood, from grief to happiness, recovery to self discovery, narrating the first chapter of their story.
in the media
"A warm cascading sound, allied to thoughtful emotive lyrics, Words We Mean has set a high benchmark for Annie Oakley, and I await this band’s growth with anticipation." - Folk and Tumble
"Folk-Americana language that eludes most others at their tender age [ . . . ] their pristine but pillow-soft voices folding into immaculate harmonies the envy of even the most vetted musical collaborators out there.” - Joshua Boydston, The Norman Transcript
“These sisters harmonize like fresh made bread and home churned butter, sweetened with just a touch of molasses. I hear strains of Mindy Smith here, and the comparisons could go on. But why make comparisons when you can just listen to them? To see and hear such magic when it first comes to bloom, to watch it grow and spread smiles and wonder across a wider world is indeed a privilege and pleasure. Don't miss them when they come to your area!” - Rick Reiley, Corridor Magazine