Griffin Anthony

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Griffin Anthony
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Griffin Anthony, New York, September, 2014.
Background information
Birth name Griffin Anthony Occhigrossi
Also known as Griffin Anthony
Born (1983-09-03) September 3, 1983 (age 31)
Origin Yonkers, New York, United States
Genres Acoustic
Rock
R&B
Blues
Adult Contemporary
Film Score
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, Composer
Instruments Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Drums
Years active 2001–present
Website GriffinAnthony.com

Griffin Anthony (born September 3, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and guitarist. Born and raised in upstate New York, Griffin attended high school at Wooster School in Danbury, Connecticut, and then went on to receive a BA in Business and Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, before pursuing his music career full-time.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Griffin began as a drummer for a childhood band, “The Ripptides,” at the age of 12. His bandmates included Gillian Roth,[3] daughter of legendary guitar player Arlen Roth, and Anna Rose Menken, daughter of Academy Award-winning film score composer Alan Menken. Griffin went on to study percussion with Princeton University professor John Arrucci, and drum kit with the jazz drummer Jack Evans, before becoming acquainted with the guitar at the age of 17.

Griffin worked backstage at the Newport Jazz Festival as a teen. There, he encountered several opportunities to assist such legendary performers as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, Chick Corea, Al Jarreau, and George Benson.[4]

After two years of playing both New York and Florida music markets, Griffin independently released the self-titled Griffin Anthony EP in August 2007. Made up of five tracks, "Sleepy Sunday" landed Griffin on the ClearChannel charts in 2008 and was later licensed by ABC for their Fall 2009 programming schedule on major network television.[5] All tracks were recorded at DTM Studios in Miami with the aid of Grammy nominee Dan Geary. The track "If She Only Knew" was later featured on E!'s television series Kourtney and Kim Take New York in the winter of 2011.[6]

In early 2009, Griffin began writing and recording for his debut full-length album entitled Crazy Ways. Recorded in Nashville, New York and Miami, Crazy Ways was composed of 10 tracks that span multiple genres while still staying true to the acoustic Soul/Pop framework. Griffin, with the help of StudioErin design and marketing, released the album independently on January 2, 2010.[7] The tracks were mixed by Grammy Award-winning mixing engineer, Charles Dye (Ricky Martin, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, and Jon Secada),[8] and mastered by Dan Geary at DTM Studios in Miami. In May 2010, the "Crazy Ways" CD package design (created by StudioErin and Raymond 'Mund' Acevedo) won a Gold Award of Excellence from the 16th Annual Communicator Awards.[9] The song "Pieces" was licensed by NBC's "Open House NY" as well as The Tennis Channel. In the winter of 2011, the Oxygen Channel featured Griffin's song, "Hurry Up" in their television show Bad Girls Club.[6]

Griffin released a version of "Winter Wonderland" on December 15, 2010. Produced by Luke Moellman, the track has an acoustic arrangement and features Griffin's single lead, vocal harmonies, piano and guitar.[10] The rendition of the song was featured on the French radio station Le Stream (with DJ Yan Theriault) on December 16, 2010, on for their radio show Lachez Vos Camescopes.[11][12]

Album artwork for the Griffin Anthony EP "Live at 305."

Griffin released a live EP (Live at 305) featuring his performance at Kithchen 305 in Sunny Isles, Florida in August 2011. The album's featured write-up on Top40-Charts.com on August 13, 2011.[13] and later in October 2011, "Sleepy Sunday" was chosen to be among entries the 54th annual Grammy Awards in the "Best Pop Solo Performance" category.[14][15][16]

The Canyon was recorded in Nashville, TN & Miami, FL.[17] Executive producer Pawan Deedwaniya and Anthony released the four-song EP in late Summer 2012 (August 1, 2012). Mixed by Jo Serrano at Cutting Cane Studios in Miami and Mastered by Mike Fuller of FullerSound inc.[18] The tracks were originally recorded to be unreleased and used for publishing and licensing purposes only. Anthony hired graphic artists, Erin Starks of studioerin (Jupiter, FL) and Kelsey Bryant (San Francisco, CA) to create the album artwork.[19] The recording process began in Miami, FL (May 2012), and commenced in Nashville, TN, by June. Journalists have compared the work to Emerson Hart’s 2007 "Cigarettes & Gasoline": "Rock-pop sound with some folk-country in there."[20]

Nobody Loves Like You was released on May 27, 2013. Anthony composed the song for use in a documentary film for the SPCA in October 2012. The film premiered at the Westchester SPCA annual gala in late October at the Ritz Carlton in NY. The song was later recognized by New York Festivals: Best of TV & Film Awards in the category of "Best Original Music" for its usage with the SPCA.[21][22][23][24]

What a Lie Looks Like[25] was released on September 30, 2013. Recorded in Nashville, TN, the song helped get Griffin nominated for IMEA (International Music & Entertainment Association) "Songwriter of the Year" award in Fall of 2013.[26][27][28]

Touring[edit]

Upon signing with BMI and Orange Music Company Publishing in 2009,[29] Griffin has extensively toured the U.S. music markets. He has supported acts such as, Citizen Cope, Matt Nathanson, David Cook, John Hiatt, Michael McDonald, Aaron Neville, Toots & The Maytals, and Don McLean.[30][31]

Griffin has been a recurring guest on South Florida's popular Wild95 morning show[32] and in Spring of 2009 performed on CBS morning news.[33] Griffin also helped make a name for himself at the South Florida International Blues Festival 2008[34] as well as SunFest in 2009 and the Wanee Festival in 2011.[35][36]

Discography[edit]

Release Date Title
Aug. 30, 2007 The Griffin Anthony EP
Oct. 20, 2009 Crazy Ways - Single
Jan. 2, 2010 Crazy Ways
Dec. 15, 2010 Winter Wonderland
Aug. 9, 2011 Live at 305
Aug. 1, 2012 The Canyon
May 27, 2013 Nobody Loves Like You - Single
Sept. 30, 2013 What a Lie Looks Like - Single

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Singer/Songwriter, Griffin Anthony Has Hit Single 'Sleepy Sunday' Featured On ABC @ Top40-Charts.com - Songs & Videos from 49 Top 20 & Top 40 Music Charts from 30 Countries". Top40-charts.com. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  6. ^ a b "Hot Off The Press - "Live @ 305" - The New EP By Nationally Renowned Singer/songwriter, Griffin Anthony, Now Available On Physical Discs + More News". Mi2N.com. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  7. ^ "Crazy Ways (Deluxe Version): Griffin Anthony: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.co.uk. 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  8. ^ "Charles Dye | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  9. ^ "Winners". Communicator Awards. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
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  14. ^ "Songs & Videos from 49 Top 20 & Top 40 Music Charts from 30 Countries". Top40-Charts.com. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
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  20. ^ "July’s Music Pile (Part 2) | Farah Joan". Laparadiddle.com. 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  21. ^ "2013 World's Best Television & Films™ Winners". New York Festivals. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  22. ^ "Griffin Anthony Expands His Musical Spectrum To Highlight An Altruistic Project; Releases New Mid-Tempo Ballad @ Top40-Charts.com - Songs & Videos from 49 Top 20 & Top 40 Music Charts from 30 Countries". Top40-charts.com. 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  23. ^ "2013 World's Best Television & Films™ Winners". New York Festivals. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  24. ^ "Griffin Anthony Expands His Musical Spectrum To Highlight An Altruistic Project; Releases New Mid-Tempo Ballad". Mi2N.com. 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  25. ^ "Local Artist Griffin Anthony Shares His Story with HamletHub". News.hamlethub.com. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
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  27. ^ "Griffin Anthony Gets Personal on September 30". News.hamlethub.com. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  28. ^ "Acclaimed Singer/songwriter Griffin Anthony Gets Personal With Relatable New Ballad". Mi2N.com. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  29. ^ "KTD (iktd) on Myspace". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  30. ^ Godbout, Todd M. (2009-04-21). "MyJoog Blog: Sunfest 2009". Myjoog.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
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  32. ^ "Media". Jammin955.com. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
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  34. ^ "The Beat: South Florida music news - on time & in tune | July 2008 Archives". Weblogs.sun-sentinel.com. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  35. ^ Young, Alex (2011-04-17). "Wanee Music Festival 2011 | Consequence of Sound". Festival-outlook.consequenceofsound.net. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
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