Canadian-based reggae artiste Tony Anthony is now working on his third album slated to be released this summer on his Phylani Music label, encouraged by fan reception to its first single, ‘That Wonderful Sound.’
The artiste born Mark Anthony Bennett confessed to being hooked on American soul and gospel music from an early age. “As a child, my late mother unknowingly introduced me to American soul and gospel music. Hearing those songs being played frequently around our house, I was mesmerized at a young age by the sweet vocals and melodies.”
He said the experiences cemented his desire to sing and bring about those same kinds of emotions that were stirred in him.
“It definitely played a role in the way I approach, sang and created my music. As homage to her, it was always my desire to make an album with some of those classic songs I grew up listening to,” said Tony Anthony on his mother’s influence in his appreciation for music.
It is not surprising that most of his fans are female, and that they have been requesting an album of that nature—the soulful kind.
When it comes to his love and the passion he has for music, Tony Anthony said he gets fired up by a lot of things: the satisfaction he gets when playing his guitar, performing live for his fans. He said the rush of emotions he gets is indescribable, and he still gets the chills when he hears his song being played on the radio. But nothing beats hearing his song on the lips of his fans, whether at a concert or on the street.
“Meeting fans who tell me how much my music has helped them in some way is mind-boggling to say the least. A combination of these things solidify that I was blessed with this talent and I know I will be making music for the rest of my life,” he told The Caribbean Globe.
While many artistes complain about pushing the reggae/dancehall genre in Canada, Tony Anthony said it is now on the up. He said he noticed that there is an overall elevation of the industry over the last five years in terms of support for live shows.
“The music production is at the highest level I have witnessed since I migrated here. Plus, there’s a talented crop of new artistes emerging, and there is an upswing in support for Canadian artists worldwide,” he notes.
However, he said the industry is still plagued with inadequate support from mainstream media, as he said they continue to ignore the genre in terms of playing and supporting Canadian Reggae Music.
Tony Anthony hails from St. Catherine, Jamaica, and started pursuing music seriously at age 14 when he met reggae crooner Glen Washington at a high school concert. He honed his skills in Jamaica as a guitarist and vocalist in the award-winning Crucial Vibes Band, working alongside reggae icons such as Freddie Mcgregor, Cocoa Tea, Junior Reid, Delroy Wilson, Jackie Mitoo, Foundations, Jack Ruby and Sugar Minott to name a few.
He migrated to Canada in 1992 and formed the reggae outfit Tatix who went on to win numerous Canadian reggae music awards and gained a JUNO award nomination in 1996 for the album “Time Bomb”.
The artiste has since recorded two full length albums, two E.Ps with some of his better known songs being: “Today I’m Gonna Try and Change the world”, “Torn”, “Can I Get Some Sleep”, “Friend Zone”, “Living in Glory”, “Simple Girl”, “Settle Down” and “I Will Rise”.