Anthony Hegarty

Antony Hegarty

Antony and the Johnsons music is built around Antony Hegarty unique, vibrant siren song. With its strange angelic voice and an aura that mixes somewhat bashfully and introspective with a forceful presence Antony has been captivating the entire world with his music. Living in New York in the 90’ies Antony began playing in the anarchist women’s and gay punk band BlackLips, along side taking on various cabaret and drag-jobs. Antony left the band in 1997. Then he began recording songs with his band, Antony & The Johnsons. This started as his more subdued and song-oriented debut album, released in 2000. Lou Reed hired Antony in 2003, partly to help him with the Edgar Allan Poe-interpretation of The Raven. Afterwards Lou Reed invited Antony to participate in his world tour.

On Antony and the Jonson’s second album, “I’m a Bird Now”, several artistst featured! No less than Lou Reed, songwriter-colleague Devendra Banhart, Rufus Wainwright and Antonys earliest role model; Boy George. The album earned him the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, in 2005. In the summer of 2009 he visited concert hall in Ørestad, where he played with the Danish Symphony Orchestra, in a very successful collaboration. The last few years Antony has been working in close collaboration with video artist Charles Atlas. The preliminary result is the critically acclaimed concert Turning, which is a subtle journey into the feminine universe with Antony’s music floating into your ears and Charlies pictures in your eyes.

13 “beauties” – transgendered women – spinning slowly in the mobile arena. Antony works, both in his performances and in his songs, in a way that examines and challenges traditional perception of identity.

1998: Antony & the Johnsons
2001: Fell in Love with a Dead Boy (EP)
2004: The Lake (EP)
2004: Hope There’s Someone (EP)
2005: I Am a Bird Now
2005: You Are My Sister (EP)
2005: Another World (EP)
2009: The Crying Light
2010: Thank You For Your Love (EP)
2010: Swanlights