In the mid ‘00s, ANOHNI (then known as Antony Hegarty, of Antony and the Johnsons) drove major personal change, both within herself and her listeners. Her otherworldly voice, heart-rending lyrics, and burrowing songwriting acted like a realist catechism, a set of prayers for the outcasts and outsiders hoping to find love, connection, peace, some happiness. And they didn’t need to believe in some holy presence either; they had ANOHNI, part ghost, part angel, part hermit, part companion, part inner voice. 2005’s I Am a Bird Now hit the apex of that, her voice soaring even above and beyond an all-star cast of collaborators with their own insular, powerful voices: Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, Devendra Banhart. ANOHNI outshone them all, gaining wings and soaring across the sun.