Born in the USA, Michael Anthony is a singer, pianist and songwriter who fell in love with Brazilian Music. This love affair culminated in his first album Sonho. With enveloping melodies, beautiful arrangements and captivating vocals, this American wants to touch the hearts of Brazilians and be part of the new MPB generation.
Violizzy & Friends
Next Friday, December 9, I’m going to participate in a show with my friend and violinist, Liz Taub, in her project Violizzy & Friends, at Sidewalk Cafe in New York (94 Avenue A). I’ll be playing original songs as well as Joni Mitchell and Milton Nascimento. You’ll also hear Mar Salá Band and SpaiNYC (Marta Hernandez). To see the event on FaceBook click here. See you there! Friday, December 9, 2016, 8-10PM Sidewalk Cafe, 94 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 212-473-7373
Boxwood Coffee Open Mic
7 to 9PM, Friday, October 23, 2015
Prayer to Iemanjá
The single of my album Sonho (“Dream”), Rio azul (Blues carioca) [“Blue Rio (Carioca blues)”], is a song of lost love with references in the lyric to Iemanjá (Afro-Brazilan goddess of the sea). During the recording, I also wrote Oração à Iemanjá (“Prayer to Iemanjá”) (read translation below photo). In fact, in the photo shoot for the CD insert, I make an offering of flowers to Iemanjá on the beach (see the photo shoot here and behind the scenes here). Listen to the song Rio azul by clicking on the video below. Lyric Praia de solidão, Dói no meu coração O tempo passa bem devagar Eu me lembro de você Me lembro de você Lua, prata no mar Ondas vem pra quebrar O meu amor vem pra me dizer, “Eu me lembro de você.” “Me lembro de você.” Pegadas na areia Pra onde não sei Encontro a sereia Que não consegue achar seu rei Não consegue achar seu rei Vento, cheiro de sal Limpa tudo de mal Se eu pudesse me perdoar Estaria com você Michael Anthony Lahue (voice, piano, Rhodes electric piano, lyric & arrangement) Adriana Aparecida da Cruz (voice) Michael Anthony & Glenn M. Taylor (cello) Sound effects (ocean […]
Thanks so much for supporting my music! (Michael Anthony Lahue)
Thanks so much for supporting my music! (Michael Anthony Lahue) Music is my way of being, expressing myself and relating to the world. It sustains, inspires and cures me. In fact, my creative musical process practically defines my existence. This month I am launching a crowdfunding campaign on Patreon and on Apoia.se to sustain a creative and fulfilling life. Visit my campaign, Um coração americano na MPB [An American heart in MPB (Brazilian Popular Music)], by clicking on the links below or in the video. Patreon: https://Patreon.com/MichaelAnthonyLahue Apoia.se: https://Apoia.se/MichaelAnthonyLahue
Lembro de você (Michael Anthony Lahue)
Every relationship goes through seasons, just like the cycles of nature. The song Lembro de você (“I remember you”) is inspired by a beautiful spring, a wedding and honeymoon. The relationship travels through summer and autumn and now finds itself at the height of winter. The cold winds are threatening, but the daylight is evermore persistent and spring is bound to arrive again. In the meantime, I affectionately hold the seed of love in the memory of my heart. Listen to Lembro de você clicking on the YouTube video above. Recorded on January 21, 2017 Michael Anthony Lahue (voice, guitar, piano) Lyric Lembro de você Seu sorriso tão inocente Só podia ser Meu amor, minha paixão O meu par perfeito Lembro de você Apareceu de repente Foi minha mulher Se eu pudesse ouvir seu coração Deitar no seu peito Vamos viver Neste momento Não pode deixar O engano e a mágoa Levar nosso amor pelo vento Lembro de você Sua animação e companhia Se eu pudesse escolher Deixaria toda a confusão Pra reviver nossa alegria Vamos viver Neste momento Não pode deixar O engano e a mágoa Levar nosso amor pelo vento Lembro de você
Tempo de amar Soundtrack
Tempo de amar (“Time to love”) is a soundtrack that is part of my album Sonho (“Dream”). The eight pieces, contained in four tracks, depict, through music and lyrics, the journey of a love story. The music blends elements from Brazil and the US, combining diverse styles including bossa nova, samba, MPB (Brazilian Popular Music), Brazilian instrumental music, jazz and new age music. It is a dialogue that represents the connection between two people, the union of masculine and feminine, in both the physical and spiritual planes. The song, Amor te amo (Love I love you), at the end, is based on a farewell correspondence of the lovers. Listen to Tempo de amar clicking on the YouTube video above.
The music on the Transformation EP was written in 2015 for a nonprofit organization that serves children and families exposed to domestic violence. At that time, I also worked as a music therapist with those families. The nonprofit had just built a new safe house and created a promotional video to be shown at their annual fundraising gala. These songs, which are the soundtrack of the video, depict, through music, the process of healing from trauma. Click the video above to listen on YouTube. Enjoy!
In the footsteps of the menino veneno
In 2002, after having spent almost two years living in Brazil and studying MPB (Brazilian Popular Music), I returned to the US for one year where I recorded my album Sonho. At that time, my work was publicized in the Brazilian media in the US. The first reporter who took an interest in my story quickly saw the similarity between my path and that of the British singer, Ritchie, who became a pop star in Brazil in the 80’s with his hit song “Menina veneno” (literally translated “poison girl”). He was thus nicknamed “menino veneno” (“poison boy”). Ritchie’s musical style has been categorized as pop, while I am firmly embedded, heart and soul, in the MPB genre. Read “In the footsteps of the menino veneno” (below). Also, listen to my album Sonho on YouTube by clicking on the video below, and share with your friends. In the footsteps of the menino veneno By Marco Fonseca Almost thirty years after the success of Ritchie, the British pop singer, an American, Michael Anthony tries his luck in the Brazilian music market. The new CD Sonho (“Dream”) reveals the talent and boldness of the artist who records in Portuguese and does arrangements of […]
With placid songs, beautiful arrangements and a voice always in tune, this American wants to touch the hearts of Brazilians and be part of the new MPB generation.
You have a different “vein”, very simple, with beautiful melodies, sung in a very personal way – which approximates the listener to them.