Born & Raised:
Full name: Anthony David Harrington.
Born: Dec. 4, 1971 in Savannah, Georgia. Raised in Georgia.
Early Life & Career:
Anthony David was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, where he grew up listening to and performing music. In the early 1990s, when he was 19, he moved to Atlanta to further his career as an artist. After making the move, he befriended an up-and-coming singer who went by the stage name of India.Arie
. He eventually wrote a song for her, "Part of My Life," which was included on her 2001 debut album, Acoustic Soul
. He is listed in the album's credits under his pen name of Tony Harrington, a play on his given name of Anthony Harrington.
After the success of India.Arie's debut, Anthony toured the world with her as a backup singer. And in 2004, Anthony released his debut album, 3 Chords & the Truth
, on the indie Brash Music label, after which he toured with India.Arie again, but this time as an opening act. Continuing his creative partnership with her, he co-wrote and produced the song "There's Hope" (again, under his pen name, Tony Harrington) from India's third album, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship
, which was released in June 2006. His second indie album, The Red Clay Chronicles
, came out in September 2006.
Eventually, India.Arie landed a distribution deal with Universal Republic for her own label, Soulbird Records, and made Anthony the first act signed to Soulbird. His 2008 major label debut, Acey Duecy
consisted mostly of songs from his first two indie albums. The first single, a duet with India.Arie called "Words,"
thrust him into the mainstream and earned a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. His fourth album, As Above, So Below
, was released in March 2011.
"I like to hear common sense, and I feel there’s a large population of people out there that would like to hear some common sense in their music too! I don't wanna be the young guy pretending to be 20 when I'm 40! Because for grown-ups to be following children to me makes no sense." -- Anthony David to Blues & Soul magazine, February 2011.