James Anthony as The Last Torch Singer or James Anthony's Salute to Sinatra - Frank Sinatra Tribute Act | Washington DC, Virginia(2 Reviews)
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James Anthony is a world class vocalist with a voice that brings the golden era of the American Standards and Broadway show tunes to life. James' dynamic voice is one that will swoon a women's hearts and give the toughest men that song to drink by.
James' show offers the ticket holders true value performing with the best A-Class band members. James' voice is one of amazing power and uncanny breath control along with incredible phrasing and timing so that you can visualize each song as he brings it to life. We hope you enjoy the recordings and as you listed, just imagine James performin ... g for your next event.
James Anthony is an award winning vocalist that truly brings you in to feel the music with his voice. It's the way he delivers his songs to tell a story. James has a unique and different natural baritone vocal tone and with warmth, grit and a super range to deliver a wonderful fresh perspective to the songs he sings.
Those that have seen James live know and feel his melodic dynamic tone and how it brings you into the song so you can feel every word only to see tough men cry and the women swoon. Wow!
James' history involves his family moving from Queens, NY, to Las Vegas in 1968 when he w ... as 8 years old. His parents started him in music classes that year where he started playing drums and percussion and then began singing throughout his four years in high school as a baritone/bass. Singing within the varsity & male choirs gave James the education of harmony and the love for singing.
Growing up in Las Vegas, James was a bare knuckle scrapper during his teen years and understood what it took to live and survive in Vegas at a young age. His NY Irish/Italian family and relatives all worked in the casino business and surrounded with constant big band sounds of Sinatra, Elvis, Dino, Tom Jones, Bobby Darin, Doris Day and so on. This cat's got it in his blood, and man does he deliver!
After honorably serving in the U.S. Navy for 4 1/2 years, James returned to music to begin a successful music career in Los Angeles and Vegas. Performing as a session drummer/percussionist/backup singer with various record labels, including RCA Records and GMA Agency artists during the 80s,
Family heritage, childhood surroundings and teen brawls of Vegas may have set the stage for James to bring you into his heartfelt world through his voice, to hear him is another. You can feel it in songs like Drinking Again, Blues In The Night, Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry and Old Man River to list a few. James brings back that sound from an era of Authors Magic.
James continues to perform the jazz standards and works with artists such as Johnny Colianni (Mel Torme's long-time pianist/arranger), Mike and Terry Graves (Capitol Records/Warner Bros. Writers/Producers) and is well respected from his fellow musicians. James performers across the USA and is truly one of a kind vocalist.
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1968: James began music lessons at the age of 8 in his hometown Las Vegas. James continued playing in school bands from 6th grade through high school. During his first year of high school, James also joined the Male and Varsity Choirs for 4 years.
1983: James returns to Vegas after serving his country with serving 4 1/2 years with the U.S. Navy. He auditions for the well known band "Roadhouse" and makes the cut. Roadhouse has had a successful run of 10 years and multiple albums and with James as their last drummer/backup vocalist, the principals retire after 2 years. Later, James with th ... e band Roadhouse are inducted into the LV Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
1985:James moved to Los Angeles and began performing professionally and began working as a session artist/backup singer for RCA Records and the GMA (Good Music Agency) as an independent recording/touring agent.
James was valued as a professional drummer and harmonist and toured with record label artists during the 1980s while based in Los Angeles, CA. and then leaving the music industry in 1990 to raise a family. Although James preferred his instrument as a drummer/percussionist/backup vocalist during the 1980s, he was asked to the front of the stage to perform some lead vocals on various tours from time to time because the bands loved the warm texture of his voice.
James returned to the music industry in 2012 to do some recording for his family, daughters and friends for fun. The results were shocking to everyone except James as all that heard James' voice were in disbelief of the quality of his voice and how you could feel every word as it filled your soul with emotion. James performed for high profile clients such as Frank Sinatra's relatives in Hoboken, NJ in 2012, various theatres and showrooms in Vegas in 2013 & 2014, the US Congress in 2015 and the US Senate in 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington DC and other high profile clients such as the US Navy and 4 Star Admiral private events and befriending such clients.
The music that surrounded James while growing up as a boy while living in Queens, NY when he was 8 years old until 1968 was great, only to relocate to Las Vegas with his family that year. Growing up in Las Vegas with an Irish/Italian family in the gaming industry from the late 60s was a very unique experience and presented James a glamorous life, great swingin' big band music, heartfelt torch songs and are many stories that James now shares on stage. This is my family and these are real life high-profile stories/events that movies are made of.
2017: James performs in Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget and releases is new CD "Blue Again" only to receive an offer for an international distribution/promotions/recording deal with USA Network/Sony Records to put out his CD with a new title and adding 2 new songs, one of which will be a title song to total 12 songs. James Anthony's re-release of his CD is due late 2017.
U.S. Congress Washington DC, U.S. Senate Washington DC, National Theatres in the U.S., Casino showrooms in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Frank Sinatra's relatives and other high profile clients such as the US Navy, a Naval 4 Star Admiral and other high profile clients in different cities.
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