With an unforgettable first name, Griffin Anthony’s songs echo the resolute courage of other unmistakable first-named greats: Townes, Jackson and Levon.
And he sings. Hauling a heavy soul, his wary, deep-set, hickory eyes and 6-foot 5-inch delivery are as indelible as his moniker.
As a teen, the 37-year-old New York native worked his summers as a stagehand for the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals before eventually signing with BMI and Orange Music Publishing in 2008.
“At a very young age,” Anthony says, “I realized that language was power.”
He has performed at festivals including Wanee, SunFest and CMJ, while his catalog has garnered licensing by the likes of ABC, Hugo Boss and Disney. A multifaceted creator, Anthony was the principle film score composer for the Woodstock Film Festival selected documentary, Catskill Park as well as HBO’s Call to Action and I Wanna See You.
Success in commission-based songwriting provided Anthony a leg to stand on, but more importantly, the foresight to distance himself from anything that felt unnatural.
Of his 2015 album The Making of a Man, Vinyl Culture writes, "Anthony has a deep reverence for country music, yet he finds a way to move it forward.” Without showy insistence or soft-shoe sales pitches, he carves a deep path for his art. ”I just wanna write songs you can trust" Anthony says, placidly. "Emotional honesty is far more interesting to me these days than trying to be clever.”
His most recent full-length effort Refuge, released on Big Eyes Records, showcases the ability to balance ambition with humility. Glide Magazine writes, "... a soulful and mindful portrait of 20th century America as told through nonlinear character-driven narratives, organic instrumentation, and compassion."
Recorded at East Nashville’s analog wonderland The Bomb Shelter, with producer Jon Estes (Kesha, John Paul White) and the additional aid of Grammy Award-winning Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Margo Price), the discreetly charming nine-song LP is adventurous with profound perspective cloaked in simple eloquence. Anthony explores the notion of “safe-haven” — as the title suggests — painting a landscape where the pastoral and the personal converge.
"Head on a pillow of feathers and faith / Hell-bent on feeling" he sings in the opening line of the song "Only Hope Remains." But despite spanning the weighted themes of Faith, Isolation and Transition, Refuge is, at its core, a collection of songs about Hope.
After ten years of making a living in music, Anthony admits, “the way I see the world has changed, but Hope is the thread that connects one song to the next."
In a time of limitless distraction and instant gratification, Griffin Anthony isn’t concerned with trends. He leads with his music, owns his words, and represents the genuine article.
"Anthony is a professional in every sense of the word."
— Glide Magazine
“Never preachy or fussy, Anthony’s unwavering vocals and
pointed lyrics deliver.”
"If John Prine and Bill Withers were to somehow have
an offspring, odds are he would be a lot like Anthony"
— Vents Magazine
"Anthony has a deep reverence for country music,
yet he finds a way to move it forward."
— Vinyl Culture
"Instead of depending on the usual country music 'bells and whistles,' Refuge let’s the lyrics do the heavy lifting."
— Nashville Noise
“Character-driven narratives ripe with perspective and humility
that sneak up and grab you by the throat.”
— Youbloom Los Angeles
"... desitned for the limelight of center-stage,
Anthony makes performing look and sound natural."
— Westport Magazine
“... sincere lyrics and a ton of vocal talent.”
— The Wild Honey Pie
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