Born in South America and raised in Sweden, Annika is a multilingual jazz vocalist and song writer with a natural talent who lives in Devon, UK. She brings a special blend of Scandinavian charm and Latin flavour to her performances and is a firm favourite on the jazz scene here in the South West.
In 2018, Annika recorded her debut album, Waters of March with her band A.S.Q. (featuring Matt Carter, Al Swainger and Coach York) which was released last Summer to much acclaim.
Annika is a high in demand singer with over 100 shows per year. She has played at some of the biggest UK jazz festivals, including Cheltenham Jazz Festival, The London International Duke Ellington Festival, The Marlborough International Jazz Festival and The Bristol Harbour Festival.
She has performed with Buster Cooper and Art Barton (Buddy Rich, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen), former members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the late legendary Kathy Stobart (Art Pepper and Humphrey Lyttelton). Annika has also performed for MP Ben Bradshaw at his birthday party by special request.
Annika appears regularly with her different ensembles at all the local jazz festivals Teignmouth, Bude, Jazz Jurassica Lyme Regis, Exmouth, Dartmouth and Ocean City Jazz & Blues Plymouth, as well as many other festivals and jazz clubs throughout the Southwest and beyond.
Annika currently leads 3 ensembles – A.S.Q. (The Annika Skoogh Quartet), Orpheus (6 piece Latin band with Martin Jenkins) and A Tribute to Anita O’Day (Quintet) and is also in the process of working on a new project which she hopes will be up and running later in the year. In addition to Annika’s projects, she can also be seen with her smaller jazz bands (duos and trios) locally around Devon and further afield.
“…She has a very fine voice and knows how to enhance it to its full quality. She’s a wow!” Marlborough International Jazz Festival
“What amazing voice…” CiCCiC (Creative Innovation Centre)
“A singular vocalist capable of both power and sweetness…” St Ives Jazz Club