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Annmarie Cullen: ‘They said I wasn’t edgy enough or sexy enough for the label. I thought my musical life was over’

Singer-songwriter Annmarie Cullen speaks about trying to make it in the cut-throat LA music scene; about coming out in her 30s; and how she has channelled the heartbreak of her marriage breakdown into her new music

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Singer/songwriter Annmarie Cullen has returned from Spain to live in Ireland. Photo: Fran Veale

Singer/songwriter Annmarie Cullen has returned from Spain to live in Ireland. Photo: Fran Veale

Annemarie Cullen. Photograph by Fran Veale

Annemarie Cullen. Photograph by Fran Veale

Annmarie Cullen. Photograph by Fran Veale

Annmarie Cullen. Photograph by Fran Veale

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Singer/songwriter Annmarie Cullen has returned from Spain to live in Ireland. Photo: Fran Veale

The great Stevie Nicks once said: “I love to walk around in the throes of a passionate miserability.” It helped her songwriting, she said, heartbreak being far better source material of hits for Fleetwood Mac than happiness.

It’s a sentiment that Annmarie Cullen has clung to over the last couple of years. The Dublin-born singer-songwriter endured the breakdown of her marriage in 2019, uprooted herself from her life in Spain and moved home to begin a new chapter.


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