Ani comes from a family of artists, "but I was never one of the musicians," she says. When Ani picked up an ukulele at a local music store a few years ago, she assumed four strings had to be easier than six, signed up for classes, and took it home with her that day. A few years later, while Ani was editing a friend's memoir, a melody floated into her head inspired by the chapter she was working on. Weeks passed before it occurred to her to try turning that fragment of a tune into a song. She sat down with her ukulele and chord chart, and didn’t get up until the song was done. She was hooked.
Ani’s musical style swings from whimsical to soulful. She is often inspired by the small, perfect moments of the day, or when the complexities of being human are best left to a ukulele. In addition to songwriting, Ani is passionate about crafting artistic or functional pieces using an array of plastic trash that would otherwise end up in the environment. To find out what she's currently working on, please visit www.miscellani.com.
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A recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, Trina grew up singing with her seven sisters in rural Missouri. She began writing songs in 2008 and began performing across the nation in 2010. In 2012 her collaboration Running Free with film composer Charlie Armour was nominated for an Indie Music Channel Best Female Soundtrack award, and she opened for Marianne Williamson in St Louis, Mo. She took a break from public performance in 2013 to be with her three children after releasing Songs of the Beloved, her eighth self-produced album, and began facilitating toning circles and music meditation groups.
Since “Songs of the Beloved”, Trina has released three more self-produced albums: “Songs for the Path Home”, “Sky” and “The Circle”, all of which you can find on her web site at www.trinabrunk.com. In 2018, she collaborated on an album with Ani's sister Elizabeth McManus, "May You Be Blessed".
In her day job, Trina works as a hypnotherapist, helping people take the inner journey from where they are to where they want to be.