Griffin “Griff” Anthony will bring his special brand of music to Lyrics Coffeehouse this Friday, Jan. 4, at the Redding Community Center at 7:30 p.m.
“Hailed by critics as ‘hypnotic and contagious’ and by fellow musicians as a ‘musical stringbean,’ Griff’s warmth and compassion are as bottomless as his coffee cup,” according to his release.
The 28-year-old New York native got his start in 1995 with The Ripptides, whose members included children of legendary musicians Arlen Roth and Alan Menkin. As a teen, he worked backstage at both the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals before emerging as a celebrated touring and recording artist.
He is touted as the No. 1 independent artist in the state of Florida on both the MySpace and ReverbNation charts. In 2008, he simultaneously signed with BMI, Pump Audio and Orange Music Publishing.
Regularly featured on national radio, Griff has performed on the CBS This Morning show. In addition, he has appeared at many outdoor festivals, including Miami Music Festival and Carnaval on the Mile. His works have been spotlighted by the likes of ABC, MTV, VH1, E!, TBS, TNT, and Oxygen, among many others.
In January 2010, with the engineering skills of Grammy-winning Charles Dye and Grammy-nominated Dan Geary, Griff released his full-length album Crazy Ways. Later in 2010, he was voted Best Vocalist at the International Music Festival, and his song Pieces was featured on NBC and the Tennis Channel. In 2011, he saw more than 200 tour dates, inclusion in jukeboxes across the country, increased activity in television placements, as well as song rotation in national retailers Home Depot, OfficeMax and Publix Supermarkets.
His latest development, Live @ 305, recorded on location at Kitchen 305 in Miami, helped place him on the 2011 Grammy ballot for Best Pop Vocal Performance, marking his second consecutive acknowledgment by the committee. The EP was even highlighted on iTunes’ “new independent releases,” opening fresh channels of exposure.
Currently, Griff is recording new original songs at Grammy-winning George Noriega’s Cutting Cane studio in Miami as part of a private licensing project.
The Lyrics Coffeehouse 2012-13 is in its 10th season offering original music in Redding. The series is usually on the first Friday of each month.
The series features musicians who perform their own original music in an environment conducive to listening. Bring a bottle of wine, hors d’oeuvres, and your laptop. Admission is $12 or $10 in advance for each show, half-price for seniors and students. For more information, call 203-938-2551.