ANE (pronounced "Ann-nee") is a first generation Korean-American who comes from a strict family of immigrants with no musical background. Growing up in New Jersey without the records of her parents nor a TV for the better half of her childhood, ANE, perhaps by design, still managed to find her way as a recording artist. With inspiration she found as a kid from The Beatles, Stevie Wonder' s Hotter Than July, and TLC's CrazySexyCool, ANE grew into a singer/songwriter that embodies a sheer contrast of contemporary and vintage sounds. Classically trained as an opera singer in college, her unique fusion of electronic, pop and soul is filtered through the ethos of musical inspirations like Donny Hathaway, Etta James, Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, and Nina Simone. Her chosen name stands for “A New Era,” and she represents the evolution happening in music, fashion and art today. The Gifted Showcase welcomes our guest performer… ANE!