Anya Marina

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Anya Marina
Anya Marina - Seattle - Showbox Market - March 4, 2011.jpg
Anya Marina performs at the Showbox Market on March 4, 2011 in Seattle, Washington
Background information
Birth name Anya Marina Kroth
Born (1976-09-23) 23 September 1976 (age 38)
Origin Ann Arbor, Michigan
United States
Genres Indie rock, indie pop, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, DJ, comedienne
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2004-present
Labels Chop Shop
Associated acts Kline, Kanye
Website Anya
Notable instruments

Anya Marina (born September 23, 1976) is a singer-songwriter based in New York, New York. Her music has primarily gained notice after being on a variety of television sitcoms and has been featured on prime time dramas the ABC television drama Grey's Anatomy as well as CBS's How I Met Your Mother, MTV's The Real World, ABC's Castle, Showtime's United States of Tara, CW's Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural and has a song featured on the Twilight "New Moon" soundtrack.

Early life[edit]

Anya Marina was born Anya Marina Kroth in Ann Arbor, Michigan and was raised in Cupertino, California as the elder of two sisters. Her parents are both University professors, who teach Psychology and Russian Literature.[citation needed] Marina moved to Los Angeles as an aspiring actress. She attended classes at the British American Drama Academy, taught by Richard Dreyfuss, and Eli Wallach among others, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California. Marina has also acted in television and film (in 2001, she acted in the feature film, 100 Girls). She moved back home to earn a college degree in English / Writing & Linguistics at Santa Clara University, where she continued to work in the performing arts, landing small parts in film and tv (music videos for Faith No More and The Mr T Experience, Unsolved Mysteries, among others). During her college years, Marina worked as a DJ on KSCU, the University's radio station and was the lead singer in the popular Bay Area band (Andalusia). It was during her final year in college that Marina was recruited by The DJ With No Name at now-defunct popular San Jose station KOME Radio to work as a phone and board-operator. Marina credits this time making 'fake radio shows' in Studio B at KOME and studying under No Name as the crucial time that helped her land her first commercial radio job in San Diego at XHRM with Michael Halloran.


After graduating in 1997, Anya appeared on The Howard Stern Show as Anya the Au Pair, a woman wanting to be the au pair for Stern's children. Marina credits the experience of meeting her radio mentor as the thing that propelled her into pursuing a radio career more seriously. After the appearance on Stern, Anya was hired by Mike Halloran at radio station XHRM-FM in San Diego, then Y107 in Los Angeles, Premium Radio in San Diego's North San Diego County, California and finally at KBZT FM 94/9 for six years.

In San Diego Marina played her first open mic night and began to write her own songs. She developed a live show that included anecdotes and frank stories told between songs, and continued working as a DJ on the radio in San Diego while playing around town and, later, touring. Her recorded debut was a five-song EP called Exercises in Racketeering, which eventually led to a full-length album, Miss Halfway, which was released January 25, 2005. Anya subsequently opened for Jason Mraz, Juliana Hatfield and Rhett Miller among others. She was named one of the "Best Unsigned" acts by the San Diego CityBeat.

Miss Halfway was produced by Scott Russo, the frontman for rockers Unwritten Law, and Peter King from The Surfers. The record eventually earned a San Diego Music Award for Best Recording. The title track also landed on Grey's Anatomy and was featured as the fifth song on the second Grey's Anatomy (soundtrack) disc along with The Fray, KT Tunstall, Gomez and Snow Patrol and was responsible for getting Marina a record deal with Chop Shop / Atlantic.

On January 20, 2009, Marina released her second album, Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II.[1] The album was produced by Brian Karscig from Louis XIV and Britt Daniel from Spoon. The music video for the album's first single, "Move You", was directed by Scott Coffey.[2] On June 8, 2009 the video for "All The Same To Me", directed by Josh Forbes, premiered exclusively on

In the summer of 2009, Anya was nominated for 3 San Diego Music Awards: Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (Slow and Steady Seduction: Phase II), and Song of the Year ("Move You"). On September 10, 2009, "Move You" won the award for Song of the Year, beating out fellow nominees including Jack Tempchin and Jason Mraz.[3]

Her song "Satellite Heart" was featured on the Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack. "Satellite Heart" was released October 8, 2009, with the video (directed by Scott Coffey), released on November 3, 2009.[4] Later that same month, she performed the song at multiple venues on the nationwide 'New Moon Talent Tour'. Marina co-hosted the live MySpace broadcast of the New Moon premiere. Anya was highlighted in an article by as an artist poised on the edge of breakout success due to her involvement in the soundtrack.[5]

Marina's cover of "Whatever You Like", originally by rapper T.I., was featured on the November 9, 2009 episode of Gossip Girl, "They Shoot Humphreys, Don't They?".[6]

In 2009, Marina moved to Portland, OR to write and record the album "Felony Flats," named after a local neighborhood. "Felony Flats" (released in 2012) features Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse, The Shins) on drums, Eric Earley (Blitzen Trapper, Cody Votolato (Telekinesis, The Blood Brothers) on guitar, Jeff Bond on bass and co-producer / engineer Gregg Williams (Sheryl Crow, Quarter Flash, Dandy Warhols).

In 2012, Marina moved to New York City to write and record her next album. She co-hosts a humorous podcast about relationships with roommate and comedian Nikki Glaser and comedian Phil Hanley called "We Know Nothing." The pretext of the podcast is to give advice, yet the three rarely take calls, instead becoming distracted with anecdotes from their own lives and current events.

Marina has toured with Jason Mraz, Tristan Prettyman, Chris Isaak, Greg Laswell, Eric Hutchinson, The Virgins, Emiliana Torrini, Paolo Nutini, Lissy Trullie, and Joshua Radin.


Studio albums[edit]

  • Miss Halfway (January 25, 2005)
  • Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II (January 20, 2009)
  • Felony Flats (March 13, 2012)

Extended plays (EPs)[edit]

  • Exercises in Racketeering (2004, Redroom Recordings)
  • Spirit School (November 15, 2010)


  1. ^ "ChopShop | Home". Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  2. ^ Posted 1/26/09 (2009-03-23). "Move You | Anya Marina | Music Video". MTV. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
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  5. ^ "'New Moon' soundtrack to make new stars?". CNN. 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 
  6. ^ [2][dead link]

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