With powerful vocal abilities and talent for writing melodic hooks,
John Anthony enters the Pop/AC arena with undeniable force. His debut album What A Man Can Do was created from his heart & soul with a dynamic mix of romantic ballads and passionate rock songs that will captivate listeners with their infectious styling.

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Influences

George Michael, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Queen/Freddie Mercury, Styx.....

Bio

With powerful vocal abilities and talent for writing melodic hooks, John Anthony enters the Pop/AC arena with undeniable force. His debut album What A Man Can Do was created from his heart & soul with a dynamic mix of romantic ballads and passionate rock songs that will captivate listeners with their infectious styling.

The subtle influences of the artists that inspired his music career -- from Styx to Streisand, Mathis to Mercury, Joel to McCartney, can now be heard throughout John’s first full length solo album. From his basement in upstate New York, John’s early forays into music consisted of turning up the stereo and mimicking the singers that resonated from the speakers. Singing in the dorm halls at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, John’s friends were treated to his soulful sounds and encouraged him to try out for the local cover band. From the first time on stage, he was attracted to the energy of performing and the impact it made on the crowd.

John’s musical journey was underway. He ventured to NYC to front Pop/Rock bands that were featured at the China Club, The Cat Club, and with one band, ESCAPE, getting local airplay. In 1997 he further established himself as a vocalist with the Pop/Dance single “Take Me On” which he co-wrote for Grand Slam Records/Strictly Rhythm. The tune was included in Dance Mix USA’s volume 6 issue and on Entertainment Weekly’s dance compilation. John received top reviews in DMA (Dance Music Authority) “…newcomer John Anth

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With powerful vocal abilities and talent for writing melodic hooks,
John Anthony enters the Pop/AC arena with undeniable force. His debut album What A Man Can Do was created from his heart & soul with a dynamic mix of romantic ballads and passionate rock songs that will captivate listeners with their infectious styling.

The subtle influences of the artists that inspired his music career -- from Styx to Streisand, Mathis to Mercury, Joel to McCartney, can now be heard throughout John’s first full length solo album. From his basement in upstate New York, John’s early forays into music consisted of turning up the stereo and mimicking the singers that resonated from the speakers. Singing in the dorm halls at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, John’s friends were treated to his soulful sounds and encouraged him to try out for the local cover band. From the first time on stage, he was attracted to the energy of performing and the impact it made on the crowd.

John’s musical journey was underway, from there he ventured to NYC to front Pop/Rock bands that were featured at the China Club, The Cat Club, and with one band, ESCAPE, getting local airplay. In 1997 he further established himself as a vocalist with the Pop/Dance single “Take Me On” which he co-wrote for Grand Slam Records/Strictly Rhythm. The tune was included in Dance Mix USA’s volume 6 issue and on Entertainment Weekly’s dance compilation. John received top reviews in DMA (Dance Music Authority) “…newcomer John Anthony bursts onto the club scene with a raw talent and vocal power that can’t be ignored.”

That same year, John had the honor of performing the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden before a sold-out Knicks/ Lakers game. From this performance in The World’s Most Famous Arena, he recalls “I was very nervous that night until they introduced me, then I just closed my eyes and went for it.”
Over the next several years, John continued to write his own songs with the goal of recording & producing his own album that was “painted with strokes of R&B, Rock, Blues & Jazz.” He says, “With such diversified styles, the challenge of recording this album was to smoothly thread the production.” That has certainly been achieved on his debut album 'What A Man Can Do'.

John found his creative partner in producer Frank Verderosa of Planet V, “Frank was able to design the magical thread that wove the album together and added dimension to the songs”. He adds, “I was blessed to have such amazing talent around me on this album.” From saxophonist, David Mann to the top NYC session musicians Zach Danziger, Henry Hey, Tim Lefebvre and Marcus Wolf, John ‘s supporting cast put him in a position to be inspired and thrive in the studio.

“What A Man Can Do,” the title track, is a sweet ballad tagged the “proposal” song, while “Waiting” is a rock song “filled with energy and gets your juices flowing.” The one cover on the album, “Prisoner”, was originally recorded by Barbra Streisand for the love theme to the movie, The Eyes of Laura Mars. “I love this song but wanted to add a few more layers to it that would hopefully compliment the original.” The added guitar solo, instrumental break and bridge really brought the song to another level.

Now that you've gotten to know John Anthony a little better, weave your way through an incredible voice and musical experience that is ‘What A Man Can Do’

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Anthony Records Streisand’s ‘Prisoner’

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John Anthony Shows What A Man Can Do

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New York, NY June 2004 – With commanding vocals and melodic hooks, singer/songwriter John Anthony’s debut CD – What A Man Can Do – has critics reaching for such adjectives as “lush,” “powerful” and “diverse.”

Industry mainstay Billboard raves: “There is nothing missing from this recording. It’s bathed in lush, elaborate arrangements of strings and horns that make each song sound like a million bucks” [but] “the element that ultimately sets Anthony apart is a staggeringly high and powerful tenor range that dwarfs the vocal potency of his stylistic mentors.”

The New York Post notes his across-the-board skill, “[Anthony] displays a wide range of styles – and has command of them all.”

Anthony acknowledges his creative partner Frank Verderosa as a driving force that made the CD a reality. Says Anthony, “Frank not only co-produced this album but was able to put all the elements together and add incredible dimension to the songs.”

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From his basement in upstate New York, John’s early forays into music consisted of turning up the stereo and mimicking the singers that resonated from the speakers.

The influences that shaped Anthony’s musical tastes are as wide as the artist’s vocal range – from Styx to Streisand, Mercury to Michael and Joel to McCartney, Anthony pays homage to some of music’s most important artists. Says Anthony, “If I had to choose one influence in particular, it would have to be Freddie Mercury, who could sell any song from hard rock bravado to the sweetest sentiment. That is what I aspire to.”

John's musical journey began at St John Fisher College, in Rochester, NY as lead singer of the popular cover band on campus. He then ventured to NYC where he fronted pop/rock bands and eventually co-wrote and recorded the single 'Take Me On' which was included in Dance Mix USA’s volume 6 issue and on Entertainment Weekly’s dance compilation.









Album-radio-playlist

What A Man Can Do
Lover's Night
Who Do You Think You're Foolin'
How Do You Feel
Prisoner
Waiting
Lost and Found
Soul, Pride
Close My Eyes
Another, Time, Another Place

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New York, NY February 2004 – Adult contemporary artist John Anthony wanted a cover song that would compliment the original compositions on his debut album, What A Man Can Do. It had to be a song he could make his own. Though it would have easy to mirror one of the works of John’s influences (Freddie Mercury, Dennis DeYoung, Johnny Mathis), he chose another direction for inspiration, a female vocalist. Actually, the female vocalist, Barbra Streisand.

For Anthony, the decision to record ‘Prisoner’(Love theme from The Eyes of Laura Mars) was an easy one. It had the power and energy he was looking for. However, Anthony felt the arrangement needed more layers. He says, “I rented the movie to get a better feel for the song as it related to the characters, mood and theme of the story.” In addition to a bridge section and guitar solo, Anthony, along with co-producer Frank Verderosa, created a dynamic arrangement that ‘…helps the melody and lyrics cut a little deeper.’

Accepting the challenge to match key and power of the Streisand vocal could push the limits of even the most talented female vocalist. Though the first verse resides in an octave lower, to serve as a delicate introduction to obsessive love, Anthony’s high tenor rises to the challenge in the second verse and beyond, leaving the listener with an unforgettable performance.

John Anthony’s debut album What A Man Can Do has received high praise from industry mainstay Billboard magazine and had been given a three-star nod from the New York Post. Inspiration can arrive in many forms and it seems for Anthony he knows exactly how to embrace, enhance and ultimately thrive in its wake.

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