Official Biography (courtesy of Ron Anthony)
Ron is leading that charge, ready to take the world by storm with his energetic performances, live band, romantic lyrics and a voice that Luther Vandross anointed as the next crooner! One of the last things Luther said to Ron before Luther's untimely death in 2005, "If you believe in yourself as I believe in you, you would have heaven as your audience and the stars would be at your feet"
This Brooklyn native's roots are in the church. A natural performer, he started singing at the age of 3 in a gospel choir where he discovered the power of music and his love for live performances. Ron spent his summers with his grandparents in North Carolina where he delighted the congregation with his rousing and evocative solos. He graduated from Erasmus Hall High School of Performing Arts, the training ground for multi-talented artists Barbra Streisand and Stephanie Mills.
It was here that he developed his distinctive sound and five-octave tenor. Ron then studied with the famed artistic director Harry Poe at Mindbuilders Creative Arts Center where he triple majored in acting, musical theater and dramatic arts.
In 1992, Ron won a lead role in the touring production of "Mama, I Want to Sing", spending several years performing in the United States, Europe, Japan and Taiwan where he made a name for himself as a live performer. He also began to build a solid reputation as a background singer, working with Phoebe Snow, Chico Debarge and Amel Larrieux.
Through these shows Ron caught the attention of one of the greatest R&B vocalists of our time. Luther Vandross saw several of Ron's performances and, recognizing his undeniable talent, signed Ron to an exclusive deal with his production company, LV Productions. He spent the next year singing background with Luther off and on and recording and writing his music while performing private gigs and club dates.
Since then, Ron has been captivating audiences with his charismatic vocals and dynamic stage performances.
Ron's focus is reintroducing smooth lyrics and seductive melodies to today's R&B and soul music. He signed with Notable Entertainment, the manager behind the phenomenal success of multi-platinum Grammy winner Ashanti and headed to the studio, crafting the heartfelt ballad "You Are My Love Song", which won First Place R&B Song in the Great American Song Contest. His dance songs "All Nite" and "Brooklyn Step" along with his ballad "Get You Back" and the club songs "Playa" and "Superman" are getting rave reviews from his latest CD, Ron Anthony II.
Ron has performed for the King and Queen of Morocco, the Royal family and hundreds of international dignitaries with his band Skin Tight, special guest Roz Ryan and her musical director Shelton Becton at the Royal Palace in Marrakech, Morocco."My music is multi-generational," explains Ron. "I write songs that everyone can relate to - an eclectic mix of old school and the new." He counts soul pioneers Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye among his influences, but it was the poetry of Maya Angelou that inspired him to develop his talents as a songwriter. His music explores the themes of love, respect and social responsibility.
Ron's talents extend beyond the studio. He is a skilled actor who has appeared in the musical "Ain't Misbehavin'" and shared the stage with CeCe Winans, Regina Belle, Shirley Caesar, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Stephanie Mills and Isaiah Washington. Most recently, Ron opened for Patti LaBelle for Christmas, Gladys Knight on Valentine's Day; Boney James, The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards and Mint Condition in Chicago, IL. Ron was also a featured artist on Howard University's WHUR-FM and spotlighted as Artist of the Month on the Netherlands' premiere R&B website www.SaveOurSoul.nl
With his powerful vocals and signature sound, Ron Anthony has ushered in a new era of Grown and Sexy R&B.