From the first time we hear them, there are certain singers whom we feel that we know. As the intimacy of their delivery and subtle shading of their interpretation draw us in, a whole personality seems to take shape in our imagination. Join Panola College on April 5, 2016, in the Q.M. Martin Auditorium at 7 pm to hear Bryan Anthony and his band provide an evening of music that pays homage to the life and times of the "golden age" of American songwriting.

Bryan Anthony is that magnetic kind of singer. In the present day, in a performer just into his thirties, these qualities are truly remarkable. The Houston based artist has sung and studied professionally since his teens. He has performed the world over from the Acropolis in Greece to Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Bryan Anthony has devoted his life to preserving the "Great American Songbook." When not on the road with his quartet, Bryan regularly tours with the Tommy Dorsey, Nelson Riddle, and Glenn Miller Orchestras. His tours have taken him around the world where he puts his unique stamp on the greatest songs of the 20th century written by the greats such as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart, and Jerome Kern. All of the music in the program consists of songs-- and stories of songs-- mostly composed during the "Tin Pan Alley" days of the 1920's, 30's and 40's.

Lisa Martland at The Stage Magazine says, “The excellent and very personable singer Bryan Anthony brings an injection of showbiz to the proceedings... His versatility and laidback style in the up-tempo is infectious, but it is his vocal depth and sensitivity during ballad numbers that make the biggest impression.”

His first solo album project, Look At Me Now, was released to much acclaim, on Nujazzcity records ( Mantis Evar, A&R man for Blue Note Records in New York, worked closely with Bryan to produce this album. In July, 2011 Bryan released A Night Like This on Mercator Media, which consists of original tunes and re-imagined standards. The album also won a Top 10 spot in the annual jazz critics poll awards in the category of vocal jazz.

In April 2002, Bryan began his run in the off-Broadway production of Our Sinatra. This production concentrated on the musical legacy of the late Frank Sinatra. Our Sinatra ran for an unprecedented two and a half years, practically unheard of for an off-Broadway show. Bryan toured the East Coast with the show for a short while after its New York closing.

“Bryan is a first rate singer of the songs of the American Popular Songbook...what sets him apart is his musicality and ability to communicate... and he falls into that elite group of the very few young singers who really understand this music, ” stated writer Jack Lewin, Producer of “Our Sinatra”.

Sponsored by the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture, the program is free and no reservations are required. For additional information, please call 903-693-2000.