Santa Cruz teenager Anthony Arya is often described as an old soul – his original tunes appeal to all ages. His roots as a jazz guitarist shape the melodies combined with his broad musical influences spanning from the swinging jazz of the twenties to the bluesy rock of the sixties. His voice – a unique tone with a natural rasp – makes for captivating performances. Shortly after Arya appeared on national TV on Season 15 of NBC’s The Voice, he released his debut album, “Going To California”. His music is best described as rock with an infusion of jazz and blues. Fans say you’re likely to walk away humming one of his tunes for days after a performance.
Anthony Arya performs all over the San Francisco Bay Area. His monthly shows at the Food Lounge in Santa Cruz consist of lively dance parties featuring his band followed by a jam session. In San Francisco, you may have caught him at Biscuits and Blues as the singer for the legendary guitarist Harvey Mandel. As an admirer of both the Grateful Dead and John Mayer, Anthony launched Chasing Ophelia—a group in the spirit of the Grateful Dead. Recently, Life is a Cabaret, puts Arya with two veteran jazz swing players, creating a unique Parisian-esque jazz experience.
Arya has a growing fan base who love everything about his live performances and are streaming his original tunes. A second album is planned for release in March, 2020.
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.”
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….”
Santa Cruz selected Anthony Arya for the Under 18 Person of the Year in the 2019 annual NEXTies awards celebrating members who most contribute to the community.