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Originally trained in Western classical and jazz singing, Turkish-Dutch singer-songwriter and performance artist Anthony Hüseyin has always focused on a wide range of music genres. To quote musicologist Martin Greve: “[His] voice is known for its power, ability, expression and feeling. His arrangements and compositions retain a respect for all of the styles he draws from.”
His 2012 debut, Safran, was released at Amsterdam’s legendary concert venue Paradiso, followed by an extensive international tour to support it. Anthony Hüseyin performed at venues such as Bimhuis, Lantaren Venster, and the Dutch Jazz Competition. During the political tensions in Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park in 2013, Anthony Hüseyin released his song ‘Mr. Prime Minister’, an open letter addressing Turkey’s social injustices. Besides going viral on social media, the Turkish national newspaper Hürriyet selected it as one of the top 10 protest songs of 2013. This event also launched his career as a performance artist. He displayed his debut piece, ‘Playing Possum - my brothers might kill me’, at the LAPSody Festival in Helsinki. Anthony Hüseyin has also performed at the Rotterdam Gay Pride 2016, Oxford Brookes University, and recently at Glasgow Buzzcut performance art festival in 2017. His work has been exhibited at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam and the artist-run space TOZ in Istanbul. Other works have been performed at Tent and the Contemporary Art Fair, both in Rotterdam.
In 2016 Anthony Hüseyin won the second prize in the singer-songwriter category at the Sena Grote Prijs van Rotterdam (the Big Prize of Rotterdam). In November 2017 he released his second album, The Lucky One, inspired by a lost love. In it Anthony Hüseyin takes you on an emotional journey of passing through love, hope, and acceptance. The album consists eight songs, each a homage to the chronologic chapters of the story. Melancholic dark electro-pop mixed with tender jazz-pop vocals and a touch of retro 80’s beats takes you in to [Anthony Hüseyin’s] world. The album was once again released in Amsterdam’s Paradiso. A Rotterdam release followed during the Popweek as well as a tour in Turkey. The latter was sponsored by the Dutch embassy there under the name ‘Music to Connect’, focusing on the LGBTQI community in Turkey. In May 2018 "We Make Sense Together" the first music video Anthony Hüseyin made for "The Lucky One" will be screened at Berlin Music Video Awards at the "Silver Screenings"