Anthony Arya is a roots rock performing and recording artist from the San Francisco Bay Area. 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. The Anthony Arya Band has performed at well known events in the Monterey Bay Area including the Redwood Mountain Faire, the Capitola Art and Wine Festival, and the West End Celebration. 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”. Arya's first official music video for "California Air" showing iconic shots from his hometown of Santa Cruz won a semi-finalist award in the International Songwriting Competition. 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.
In 2021, Anthony released Listen to the Voice of Anthony Arya, a tribute to his Voice journey with covers of the songs he performed in auditions and on the show. Since The Voice, 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. His signature tone has audiences captivated by solo performances and the Anthony Arya Band brings a rockin' dimension to Arya's music combining influences of rock, folk, and blues.
Circles & the Flames, Arya's third album, was released in May 2022 and has received praise in multiple arenas. "Jaded Rust", a nostalgic endearing folk song, was selected by Nashville’s The Bluebird Cafe / Taylor Guitars' Golden Pick Contest. A hard-driving Americana song,"Ballad of Eugene" earned him a spot as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition Americana category as well as a finalist in the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival's Blues Challenge. "Lovers of Valdaro", a haunting love song, was selected as a Finalist in the International Acoustic Music Awards. At recent shows, fans are requesting recordings of the latest songs and a fourth album is in the works.
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."
Anthony Arya has shared the stage with an impressive array of nationally known artists including Harvey Mandel (Canned Heat), Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship), Greg Anton (Zero), Keith Greeninger, Matt Jaffe, AJ Lee (Blue Summit), and Taylor Rae.