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Murphy-Payne Event to present vocalist Bryan Anthony

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Bryan Anthony sings American standards for the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture.

Bryan Anthony sings American standards for the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture.

Bryan Anthony sings American standards for the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture.

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The B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture will bring internationally known vocalist Bryan Anthony and his band to Panola College on Tuesday, April 5.

The performance will begin at 7 p.m. in the Q.M. Martin Auditorium. The Houston singer has traveled the world performing a unique blend of pop and jazz favorites from the “American Songbook,” popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century. The Songbook includes music created for Broadway theatre, musical theatre, and Hollywood musical film. Music from this genre is often referred to as “American standards.”

As a child, he sang in the church choir, and, while in high school, he was introduced to Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits. Other singers who influenced his style are Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae. He studied classical voice at the Manhattan School of Music, and earned a master’s degree in jazz and studio music from New York University. During his college years, he toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. As his reputation spread, he was hired to sing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra.

He released his first album in 2000, “Look at Me Now,” and re-released the music in 2006 as “Songs for Dreamers.” Based in Houston, he has performed all over the world from the Acropolis in Greece to Carnegie Hall in New York City.

“The American Songbook possesses such wisdom and poetry that runs the gamut of human emotion,” Anthony said. “The feelings, situations, and dynamics that are written about in this music, run through every generation and ties us all together. I honestly believe that along with jazz, the American Songbook is the greatest gift American culture has provided to the world.”

For a sample of his music, go to his website Bryan Anthony Music.

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