B I O
Residing on the remote west coast of British Columbia, Anilah is the solo project of composer and vocalist Dréa Drury. For the first 18 years of her life, she lived in a rural village of 50 people in the heart of the Kootenay Mountains. Her experiences there, as well as her love for nature, wilderness, and the world of the elements, has inspired her to write music which directly reflects their influence.
Since the release of Anilah’s first EP “Warrior” in 2014, Dréa has been fascinated with the interplay between creative expression, psychoacoustic sound design, and the natural environment. Ethereal and evocative soundscapes create a stunning backdrop for her unique vocal style, which has been cultivated after two decades of studying both traditional folk-chant and classical North Indian Raga melodies under the late Ali Akbar Khan.
In 2015, Anilah collaborated with Einar Selvik (Wardruna, and History Channel Vikings composer) to create a remix of her title track “Warrior,” which is an epic blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Norwegian folk instrumentation. Since this release, she has continued to experiment with an approach to writing music that revolves around the power of the voice and the use of minimalist composition.