With an unforgettable first name, Griffin Anthony’s voice echoes the sensibilities of other unmistakable first-named greats: Van, Marvin, Jackson, and James. Hailed by critics as “hypnotic and contagious,” his warmth and compassion are as striking as his moniker. The 31-year-old New York native got his start in 1995 as the drummer of The Ripptides, whose members included children of legendary musicians Arlen Roth and Alan Menken. As a teen, Griffin worked backstage at the Newport Jazz & Folk Festivals, before emerging as a performing songwriter, debuting with his self-titled EP in 2007 and later signing with with BMI and Orange Music Publishing in 2008. The road has been no stranger to Griffin. He’s performed at major music festivals including Wanee, SunFest, CMJ, and Art Basel, while his ever-expanding catalog has garnered placements on ABC, HBO, NBC, MTV and CBS to name a few. Griffin released his first full-length album, Crazy Ways, in January 2010 with the production aid of Grammy-nominated Dan Geary and Grammy-winning Charles Dye. Releasing to enthusiastic reviews, the collection of 10 tunes carried him directly into American households with features on VH1, E!, Oxygen, Bravo and The Tennis Channel. Winning “Best Vocalist” at the International Music Festival marked the next step in an ambitious year -- 2011 saw over 200 national tour dates, song rotation with ClearChannel and Virgin Atlantic, as well as international retailers Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Office Depot. Griffin’s Live at 305 EP was recorded on location at Kitchen 305 in Miami during a special New Year’s Eve show; iTunes highlighted the EP on its homepage in August of 2011, opening fresh channels of exposure for his writing. The Canyon, Griffin’s third EP, was recorded at Grammy-winning George Noriega’s Cutting Cane Studios and released in August 2012. The Canyon tip-toes the Americana/Pop line, marking a more nuanced approach to song construction and storytelling. Griffin describes the EP as “a loosely conceptual project; inspired by the spirit of 1970’s California rock and traditional southern roots.” In October 2012, Griffin was commissioned by the SPCA to compose for their annual adoption campaign. An animal lover himself, Nobody Loves Like You came to fruition overnight. The song was soon recognized as one of 3 international finalists for “Best Original Music” at the 2013 New York Festivals: Film & TV Awards. He went back to the studio to record 3 alternate versions, which officially released as a deluxe single on iTunes in May 2013. Shortly after, Griffin was then nominated for “Songwriter of the Year” by the IMEAs (International Music & Entertainment Awards). Another single was released that fall - What A Lie Looks Like - which hit stores in September 2013. The track displays Griffin’s ability to weave strength with vulnerability in a simple lyric. Like N.L.L.Y., W.A.L.L.L. is slated to be among 10 tracks on his forthcoming full-length album, The Making of a Man, scheduled for release in summer 2015. Most recently, Griffin was honored by Nova Southeastern University as a recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. He was also the principal film score composer for the independent film Catskill Park, which premiered at The 2014 Woodstock Film Festival. Additionally, he composed the score for HBO’s I Wanna See You and Call to Action commercials. In a time of limitless distraction and instant gratification, Griffin Anthony isn’t cornered with trends. Instead, he leads with his music, owns his words and represents the genuine article.