Meet Croatian American Annie Bosko – Singer, Songwriter and Entertainer!

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Annie Bosko is one proud Croatian American singer, songwriter and entertainer paving her own road in the very competitive music business.

There’s much to know about this very talented musician. Annie is a farmer’s daughter from the Boskovich family in California known for Boskovich Farms produce. The National Federation of Croatian Americans was proud to choose Annie as one of our “40 Under 40” rising stars in 2019, from within our Croatian American community and she was a hands-down winner on the list of extraordinarily talented young Croatian Americans making their mark around the USA!

Rolling Stone magazine recognized Annie as the “artist to watch”, describing her as the “California girl next door with the country-pop delivery of Sheryl Crow.” That’s quite a compliment from one of the world’s top music magazines. No stranger to exemplifying courage, the largest crowd Annie has performed in front was 300,000 people at Nashville’s 4th of July celebration in 2015. She describes the performance as “being surreal but nothing she wasn’t ready for after years of grinding onstage.” Annie has experienced quite a few magical moments like when she shared the stage with Adele or belted out a duet with Andrea Bocelli. She enjoyed sharing the memory of the time when Bruce Springsteen sat in during one of her shows and paid her the compliment of telling her, “you rock” after the show. Annie has also opened for Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Wyonna Judd, Dierks Bentley, Kid Rock and Pat Benatar.

Annie grew up the middle child of five children and showed interest in music at an early age. She was influenced by Patsy Cline, traditional country music and also, from the Beatles and the Beach Boys, thanks to her father. It was her mother that exposed her to pop female vocalists such as Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. It does appear that all these different music influences has created Annie’s unique style. She got her first professional music job with Disney at age 14 and moved to Nashville at age 19 to pursue her music and songwriting career. She was a contestant in American Idol and made it to the top 36.
Annie will candidly tell you it can be a roller coaster ride up and down in the music industry. She takes great pride in her songwriting and has written songs that have been recorded by Willie Nelson, Marie Osmond, Jessica Simpson and more. Annie believes her song “Fighter” best reflects her determined Croatian spirit and has made the greatest impact on fans.

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Annie is quick to credit her parents and especially her grandparents, Phil and Lena, for instilling determination and a love for Croatia in her! Her grandfather’s family was from the village of Crnice near Medjugorje and her grandmother’s Bradarich family was from Dubrovnik. They were the first couple to get married at St. Anthony’s Croatian Catholic Church in Los Angeles. Her Boskovich family has been active in many Croatian community activities in the Los Angeles area and Annie has sung and performed at numerous Croatian events there and even this summer at a Croatian Fraternal Union event. Her grandfather won the Croatian National Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 for his extraordinary charity donations and the “Onion King of America” was respectfully honored for his lifelong generous giving to Croatian causes. Annie made several trips to Croatia and one with her grandparents Phil and Lena and their extended family. She proudly shares that this trip created the most beautiful lifelong family memories and they all marveled at the beauty of Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar and Korcula.

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Annie has split her time between Nashville and Los Angeles the past few years and will be making her first full length album in the fall. Annie has decided to create her own music production company, Shero Entertainment, in pursuit of driving her destiny forward. She clearly pursues her music and songwriting with a relentless work ethic and commitment that should bode well for her new career plans.

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Let me recommend that you google Annie Bosko and find her music on “You Tube” so you too can hear her beautiful rendition of the Beach Boys hit, “God Only Knows” and you can find her duetting with Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban. Also, be sure to check out her original songs such as “Crooked Halo” and “Fighter”.

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Lastly, Croatians in Southern California take note that Annie will perform at Missionfest in San Juan Capistrano, California this Saturday, July 13th at 2:30pm. The line-up includes Dennis Quad and The Sharks, Eric Paslay and Jamey Johnson. It will be a great music event and another opportunity to see this talented Croatian American singer onstage!

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