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Neil Anthony

The music bug bit me in my early teens and it is still just as strong today. I was raised in Orange NSW on the foothills of the Blue Mountains. I bought my first guitar from money earned cherry picking and my Mum and Dad agreed to pay for guitar lessons. By age sixteen I was rhythm guitarist and backup singer in a local rock band. I found myself performing at the Friday night 50/50 dances in front of hundreds of people. It was at this time that I also started writing my own songs. I was hooked by the music, the spontaneity and the vibe.
After High School I wanted to go to University so I moved to Sydney where I graduated from UTS in Accountancy. Meanwhile my part time music career ticked along well. I formed a new wave rock band and did support gigs in the big pubs for many of the great Aussie Rock Bands such as Cold Chisel, The Mentals, The Angels and INXS to mention a few. But more importantly I also developed my cabaret singing act and took seven years of singing lessons with Noel Melvin and then Merran McLaren. I learnt my stage craft performing in the Club Talent Quests all over Sydney. When I started to win the Club Talent Quests, Agents began booking me to do “Floor Spots”.
One Saturday I auditioned and was then invited to join an entertainment troupe called “The Sunnyside Concert Party”. My initial role was to do a 10 minute spot with Ukulele singing George Formby songs and then later in the show a spot with guitar singing Country songs complete with yodel. The Show was real old time Variety with vaudeville thrown into a more modern content. Here I was able to perform with some of the best live entertainers that I have ever seen. Truly the magic of entertainment was always there. After performing in hundreds of shows with “The Sunnysiders” at Town Halls and Clubs the times moved on. It was a Show that always came from a place outside of life’s problems. For me too it was a place like that.
I then decided to go solo and for several years now I have been performing my Neil Anthony Concerts at Clubs, Community Halls, Shopping Malls and events. People started asking me for a Neil Anthony Cd so I thought why not! And, now a few years later I have three Cds and a number of singles. All my releases are here on CD Baby. My tracks include some well known songs. You can never out do the original versions of songs like My Way and Ghost Riders but perhaps my interpretations go far enough to capture some of the excitement of those immortal songs. Also I have released many of my audience favourite original songs. These are all songs that my audiences have responded to. Many of these original songs are also played on radio. My song “April the 25th” is played on Australian mainstream commercial radio and audiences have been very appreciative – for which I am always grateful. Over the years my songs have also had some chart success in Australia on the National Country Chart.
Thank you for reading this and I hope you can find that little space in your busy life to have a listen to my music. Can you find that place outside of life’s problems too? With you listening there is connection and there is music. Please let me invite you to be part of the chemistry of my music.– best wishes Neil Anthony.