Anthony Orio has come a long way since bursting onto the Nashville scene as an up and coming singer/songwriter featured by ASCAP’s “Hot On The Row Series.” His unique blend of country mixes the traditional qualities of the genre with progressive contemporary vocals and production, creating a fresh new sound. Known for his electrifying live performances and strong ability to connect with the crowds, his talent has led him to perform at The Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, The Bluebird Café, and become a top draw at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in both Nashville and Panama City Beach, Florida, where he has headlined Spring Break and 4th Of July shows for the past 5 years. He’s had the privilege to perform alongside some of the industry greats including Kris Kristofferson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Jamey Johnson and many more.
With influences that range from George Strait to The Rolling Stones, Orio’s music is what keeps fans coming back again and again. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, music was instilled in him at a young age by his family. Orio would borrow his great grandmother’s cane to belt out his rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” while dancing around the living room. At age 7, his father bought him his first George Strait record, “Beyond The Blue Neon,” and he became hooked. Orio received his first guitar for Christmas and he never looked back.
With his parents blessing, Orio made the big move to Nashville at the age of 18. Once he arrived, he knew he needed to focus his time on developing his songwriting craft. He made it a priority to attend writer’s nights all over town to observe and learn from some of the best writers. During this time, he witnessed the talents of Keith Anderson, Chris Wallin and Anthony Smith before they had any hits. Orio fell in love with their energy and it inspired him as he worked himself up from ‘open mic’ nights to organizing his own writer rounds.
After several years of honing his craft and connecting with publishers, Orio began to be recognized for the quality and uniqueness of the music he was creating. In addition to releasing two independent projects since 2010, Orio has enjoyed success as a songwriter with cuts by Grammy award-winning country comedy legend Ray Stevens as well as former RCA recording artist Andy Griggs, and Curb Records newcomer Tim Dugger.
In addition to these tracks that have attracted national radio airplay, Orio’s songs have been published by Sony Music, Universal Music, RPM Music and Major Bob Music, among others. Orio spends most of his time on the stage, averaging over 200 shows per year. These concerts have taken this road warrior to stages throughout North America, from Georgia to Canada and beyond, playing venues that range from crowd-packed clubs to country music festivals to casino show rooms.
“For me, there is no place I would rather be than on stage, sharing music with an audience,” says Orio. “The energy that comes from a live show is the ultimate high.” Orio’s willingness to hit the road and earn fans “one kick ass show at a time” landed him an official sponsorship with Jagermeister.