Anthony Arya is a folk/rock performing and recording artist from Santa Cruz, California. In Fall 2018, at age 15, Anthony was a contestant on Season 15 of NBC’s The Voice. Shortly after he released his debut album Going To California. With rocking crowd favorites such as “Slow Train” and “Blues By Midnight”, Anthony quickly became one of the most popular artists in music-rich Santa Cruz, California. His music is frequently played on the iconic roots radio station KPIG.
His second album The Road, released in Spring 2020, encompasses the Beat-Dylan American traditions of love, socio-political awareness, and the open road. Fans love the upbeat rock songs “The Road” and “Moonlight” as well as the melodic folksy lyrics of “California Air” and “Sarah”. In June 2020 Anthony Arya received the prestigious award of Presidential Scholar in the Arts (category singer/songwriter) awarded by the US Department of Education.
Arya has performed hundreds of shows around the Bay Area and folks say you're likely to walk away humming one of his tunes for days after a performance. The Anthony Arya Band brings a rockin' new dimension to Arya's original music combining influences of rock, folk, and blues. His latest release, Listen to the Voice of Anthony Arya, a tribute to his Voice journey was released in June 2021. Recently Anthony was selected by Nashville’s The Bluebird Cafe for the Golden Pick Contest for his song “Jaded Rust”. “Ballad of Eugene” earned him a spot as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC), Americana category. You can find these songs on his third original album, "Circles & the Flames", released in May 2022.
What People Are Saying...
Adam Levine - Maroon 5 Frontman and NBC The Voice Coach
“It blows my mind,” he said after Arya played.
“I’m telling you right now, your whole situation,
the way you engage with an audience, the way
you sing — you are so special, dude. People are
gonna fall madly in love with how you do it.”
Wallace Baine - Good Times Santa Cruz
“Santa Cruz teenage prodigy Anthony Arya is
headed for big things ... His new album is called
The Road–a title that, in its simplicity and
romance, evokes big themes of restlessness,
freedom, longing for an imagined or lost life,
the almost limitless possibilities of the future,
a Kerouac-ian thirst for experience ... the young
musician is going ever deeper into his songwriting, and it's evident in The Road, in mid-tempo rockers like 'Moonlight' to pretty and lilting melodies like 'California Air.'"
David Bean - KSQD 90.7FM, Santa Cruz
"Anthony Arya is at the forefront of the next generation of singer / songwriter / guitar-players once defined by Neil Young, Tom Petty, and other icons from the last millennium."
Ian Crombie - Executive Director of West Coast Songwriters for over 20 years, WCS is one of the most active music associations in the USA, offering more than 20 events per month.
"Anthony is beyond his years as a musician and artist. Such talent at such a young age - A must see artist!"
Anthony Arya has shared the stage with an impressive array of nationally known artists including Harvey Mandel, Pete Sears, Dick Bright (SRO), Greg Anton, Preacher Boy, Keith Greeninger, Michael McNevin, Matt Jaffe, Mighty Mike Schermer, AJ Lee (Blue Summit), and Tammi Brown.
Additionally Anthony has collaborated with local artists Ted Welty, Alex Lucero, Casey Wickstrom, Taylor Rae, Patti Maxine, Lindsey Wall, Dave (Nomad) Miller, Kylan DeGhetaldi, and Tom Leitzke.