Annie Karto is an award winning Catholic singer/songwriter and inspirational speaker. Called the “Catholic Joan Baez” by her contemporaries, Annie has traveled the country extensively these past 15 years, her ministry taking her to Europe, New Zealand, Rwanda, Africa, Guatemala, and Trinidad. Annie weaves her songs in and out of her testimonies.
Over 20 years ago, after a deep conversion experience before the Blessed Eucharist, Annie was given the penance to spread the Lord’s Divine Mercy for the rest of her life. Annie has strived to use her gift of voice, and speaking skills to evangelize wherever the Lord calls her. A highlight in her ministry was writing and singing a song she wrote for Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza, leading to a trip to Immaculee’s village in Rwanda in August of 2011.
Annie has been invited to major conferences, and also shared at Magnificat Breakfasts, Divine Mercy retreats and Days of Reflection. Some of Annie’s talks include Divine Mercy Flood My Soul” which is her focus, “Mary, Masterpiece of Mercy,” “Rise up and Shape the Culture, Catholic Woman,” Divine Mercy for America.
Annie wrote a song for priests, “You are a Priest Forever” that has been featured on EWTN for many years. This song has received two apostolic blessings, one from Pope John Paul 11, and Pope Benedict XVI. Fr. Bill Casey, Fathers of Mercy, recently called the song, “a classic.”
Annie is available to travel to any state in the country, and lives in Treasure Island, Florida, with her husband, David. They have four children, and nine grandchildren. Annie loves her Catholic Faith, and this is evident in her speaking and music.
Many comments on Annie’s music include;
“Such very inspirational words, music and an ‘angel voice’ to sing these beautiful songs…uplifting and healing to my soul”
“Annie recently performed for our Legatus group. She is OUTSTANDING!
If you want to be brought out of the darkness of this world into the light of Christ, Annie will do that not only with her magnificent voice, but also by being Annie. You can’t help but see the Lord in this woman. What a blessing to have such a humble and talented performer…she is the essence of evangelization.”
- Natalie Raaths, Legautus