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Ann James has spent a lifetime perfecting her art and developing her distinctive vocal style, even though paychecks, motherhood and life's demands always intruded. Even when signing others' songs her voice is her own.

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Finding her voice

Singer’s passion reveals secret to music’s allure

For many, music has always set the rhythms of life — a touchstone of memory — the wedding, the breakup, the first rush into love. Early in my introduction to this drink of life in rhyme, I wanted to become a musician. So I found a guy who lived near us who had a homemade guitar for sale. I bought it with visions of becoming famous, writing fantastic songs and having girls fall all over me. Sure.

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