Poe was born Ann Danielewski and received her nickname in childhood after dressing as the Edgar Allen Poe character for Halloween. As a daughter of a director and actress, she graduated from Princeton and moved to New York City to start her recording career. She was lucky enough to make her play around the time of the big female singer-songwriter boom of the mid-90s. Looking to find the next Alanis, Atlantic records signed her in 1994 and released Hello in 1995, which spawned the radio hit "Angry Johnny." She has such a unique voice that everyone knew she was going to do "big things." She toured extensively for the next few years and grew a loyal fan base because of it. Poe recorded an off-beat version of the Go-Gos' "Our Lips Are Sealed" for the Gossip soundtrack and her hello song was awesome! She recorded and mixed her next album, Haunted entirely on her home computer and released it independently in 2000 to coincide with her brother Mark Z. Danielewski's dark fantasy book "House of Leaves." Haunted was a truly amazing song along with all the other songs on her album. Her voice is so distint that you can't help but be in tune with it. It draws you in like no other in an almost hypmatizing way. Since then, all has been quiet on the Poe front. Rumors of a new album have come and gone and she has appeared on a few tracks from a couple of albums with Conjure One.
Okay, we're not gonna lie. She's easy on the eyes, and that's a real attention grabber. But look beyond such superficial things and you'll find she's more than just a pretty face. Lines such as "I wanna blow you (sultry pause) away" from "Angry Johnny" and the fact that she based a whole album on her brother's dense, literate horror novel shows a depth and true intelligence sorely lacking in the many eye candy songstresses that have littered the pop culture landscape in recent years. Plus she appeared as a CGI character in the Playstation game "Apocalypse," and how many singer-songwriters of any genre can boast videogame stardom? That's right, not many.