Anna Sorokin, the infamous con artist who deceived New York’s high society, has released a country music track. Known also as Anna Delvey, Sorokin collaborated with Brooke Butler, a songwriter popular on TikTok, and the band Audio Chateau to produce the song while under house arrest in Manhattan. The song, “What the Hell,” is set to be the opening and theme tune for Sorokin’s upcoming podcast, “The Anna Delvey Show.”
The song, which lasts approximately two and a half minutes, features Sorokin’s vocals, recorded during a phone call she made from Riker’s Island prison. Listeners can hear her stating, “My name is Anna Delvey.” The track was co-written by Jared Gutstadt, CEO of AudioUP, Butler, and country songwriter Scarlett Burke. Gutstadt revealed that Sorokin had a hand in shaping the song, choosing from demos he sent her to find the one that would best represent her podcast.
Gutstadt explained the importance of a song’s brand, stating that without a recognizable brand, a song would be lost among the hundreds of millions of new tracks released each year on platforms like Spotify. He anticipates that the new track will receive radio airplay due to Sorokin’s notoriety, which was amplified by the popular Netflix limited series “Inventing Anna.” This series dramatized Sorokin’s fraudulent entry into New York society, where she posed as a wealthy heiress and swindled major financial institutions, hotels, and individuals out of a total of $275,000.
Sorokin, who adopted the name Anna Delvey, spent years pretending to be the wealthy daughter of a German diplomat, claiming a fictitious fortune of 60 million euros. She was a familiar face in New York City’s social scene until her scam was exposed. In 2019, she was found guilty of theft of services and larceny charges, and she intends to appeal. After serving three years of her four- to 12-year sentence, she was released in early 2021 but was taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody shortly after.
In October, Sorokin was released from jail on a $10,000 bail bond and is now under 24-hour house arrest with electronic monitoring and no access to social media.