Anthony Arya – Singer / Guitarist / Songwriter
Anthony Arya is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter from Santa Cruz, California. In Fall 2018, at age 15, Anthony was on Season 15 of NBC’s The Voice. Shortly after he released his debut album Going To California. In music-rich Santa Cruz, California, Anthony is a crowd favorite, voted by the community as Under 18 Person of the Year in 2019. Arya’s music, folk rock with blues and jazz influences, is frequently played on roots station KPIG. 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. Fans love the upbeat rock songs mixed with melodic lyric tunes on the second album, The Road, which was released in May 2020.
In June 2020 Anthony received the prestigious award of Presidential Scholar in the Arts (category singer/songwriter) awarded by the US Department of Education. In addition to his original music with the Anthony Arya Band, Arya has a jazz trio, Life is a Cabaret performing songs from the Great Gatsby era creating a unique Parisian-esque jazz experience. Chasing Ophelia—a group celebrating the spirit of the Grateful Dead adds slide guitar and saxophone to create a fresh approach to Dead tunes. His latest release, Listen to the Voice of Anthony Arya, a tribute to his Voice journey was just released in June 2021. Arya is in the process of recording his third original album scheduled for release in 2022.
Anthony Arya has shared the stage with an impressive array of nationally known artists including Harvey Mandel, Pete Sears, Dick Bright of SRO, Greg Anton, Preacher Boy, Keith Greeninger, Michael McNevin, Matt Jaffe, Mighty Mike Shermer, AJ Lee (Blues Summit), and Tammi Brown. Additionally Arya has collaborated with local artists Patti Maxine, Taylor Rae, Lindsey Wall, Dave (Nomad) Miller, Kylan DeGhetaldi, Tom Leitzke, Ted Welty, Alex Lucero, and Casey Wickstrom.
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.'"
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!"
Harvey Mandel - Legendary guitar virtuoso, member of Canned Heat @ Woodstock, played with John Mayall and the Rolling Stones
“Anthony Arya has been singing and playing guitar with me this past year.. He has progressed into being a truly great member of The Harvey Mandel Band….”