Life is the path...Love is the destination. This is the soundtrack of your journey. Don't Sleep...Just Dream.
"Don't Sleep...Just Dream" -ja
"This is the story of my life" quotes the 24-year-old Jarrard Anthony. Always battling others doubt and always proving doubters wrong, the Richmond, Va. native has had his entire career to reflect on these words.
Jarrard began song writing at the age of 10 to music provided via video games. That Christmas, his mother bought him his first keyboard and it was only a matter of time before he began plucking out tunes of his own. At the age of 13 he decided to pursue a career in the entertainment industry professionally. He began a specialized high school curriculum that emphasized the arts. He concentrated on theatre, dance, and music. He also joined a group of high school friends to form an R&B quartet calling themselves "Personal Preference". During this time Jarrard became more acclimated with the processes of the "music industry" and gained valuable stage experience performing for various types of audiences. The group ultimately made quite a name for themselves by appearing on numerous local news programs and talent showcases, including a win at the world famous Apollo Theater Amateur Night in Harlem, NY.
At 19, Jarrard released his first independent commercial recording. A single, titled "So-D-vine" . This song went on to be the second most requested song in the Central Virginia, USA area at its peak. Following the release of the single, Jarrard took time to record a debut LP titled "The Dream" for the indie-label, Thermite Records. While gaining little fanfare in the US, due to limited marketing resources. "The Dream" was released in the UK, under theThermite /Stonegroove/ Recordings imprint, as an EP and gained critical acclaim and press as the title track held the number two radio spot in the country for several weeks.. Jarrard was even offered a major recording contract in the US, but declined due of contractual stipulations that would have been, in the long run, financially unstable.
After the buzz generated by the Thermite/Stonegroove/ EP, Jarrard took two years to create what he feels is just the first true chapter in the book of his career. With a production team including Nate Smith (Micheal Jackson, Monifah), Bob Baldwin(Jazz keyboard legend), Nolan Doran and Joe McMinn ( O-town, Olivia)Dont SleepJust Dream became a mission to make music not just for the ears, but for the heart and soul.
"Everything up until now was the preparation, Now is time to start the journey"
Today, with influences ranging from Stevie Wonder to Seal, Jarrard continues to establish himself as a show stopping performer, prolific songwriter, and just an all around nice-guy. He has written songs for several major label acts including Howard Hewett, Bobby Lyle(Three Keys.WEA), Tonia Woods(Renata/Sony), amongst others. He's done studio work with Levi Little (former lead singer of Blackstreet), CJ Lewis(International Superstar), Jaared (Three Keys saxophonist), producer Joshua Thompson's (O-town, Joe, Case, Babyface) Pop/R&B group Bling Dynasty, and top pop music producer Desmond Child (Mariah Carey, Aerosmith, Ricky Martin). Most recently, he performed live on The Doug Banks Morning Jam Session along with LL Cool J and Monica. He has also performed with and opened for Howard Hewett, The O-Jays, Cam'ron, Amerie, Bob Baldwin, Pieces of a Dream, and many others,
"I write about the things I see in life, as long as I live a life I'll have a song." -ja
"Don't Sleep...Just Dream" is a testament to Jarrard's versatility and passion for his craft.
"Feel the emotion, soul, and sensitivity of Jarrard Anthony" and as the title suggest....
Don't Sleep...Just Dream
All the time, wherever I can, of course I do, and all of them
Everyone...not mentioned in my bio are Maurice White, Freddie Mercury, and Jodeci. I can't think of all my influences. Everyone is inspiring to me.
Roland XP50, Roland VS-1824CD, Korg Triton, AKAI MPC2000XL
Get my cd...lol.