Annette Denton is an artist, wife, and mother who believes that God gives her songs to share the message of God’s love and salvation, to inspire creativity and to challenge believers in Christ to build their faith.
In writing her music, Annette draws on personal life lessons and observations of the life experiences of others.
Annette’s personal journey to this point in her career has led her through both beautiful and difficult experiences. Many times, she felt her thoughts and emotions could only be expressed through song.
“Many of my songs have come from difficult places in my life,” she said. “Rocking Chair,” a personal song from her second CD, Silver Lining, echoes God’s beautiful presence amidst a circumstance of illness. “I believe that God takes everything that seems ugly at the moment and produces beauty in His time.”
“Out of the ugliest day of Christ’s life on Earth, out of the ugliness of His death and how gruesome it was, came the most beautiful gift that He could have ever given, which is our redemption and the opportunity for an amazing relationship with God Himself.”
Musically, Annette’s experiences have been varied. As a child growing up in South Carolina, she sang solos in church and took voice and piano lessons. In high school, she joined a Concert choir and a Renaissance choir and also began experimenting with songwriting, musicals and jazz. While earning her bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of South Carolina, she continued performing vocally in Concert choir and as a jazz soloist.
Much like the majority of America, Annette has been influenced by many music styles, including classical, jazz, country, folk, pop and gospel. Such musical experiences have helped shape how her songs sound today and how they will sound in the future. As Annette continues to write and sing publicly, she excitedly anticipates future opportunities to share more.
“God has a reason for giving me the songs He’s given me,” she said. “I just feel like I need to be obedient to Him and get them out. It’s more than just for a fleshly purpose. I am doing what I was born to do. And because I’m being obedient to God, I think He will bless the songs for His purpose.”