Embarking on a solo career with his own sound and styleâ€”and calling his music â€œblues infused rock & roll with soulful swampy under tonesâ€, ANTHONY KRIZAN is one of the premier songwriters and producers in the New York metropolitan area. He first rose to fame in 1994 as lead guitarist for the commercially successful jamband, the SPIN DOCTORS, however, prior to joining the popular group, he had carved out industry recognition in his own rightâ€”having been signed to both POLYGRAM and CHRYSALIS RECORDS. Once he took to the stage in his new role with the Spin Doctors, Krizan got right to workâ€“bringing his electrifying guitar prowess and solid backing vocals to the group. He also wasted no time in lending his superb songwriting skills to the cause, co-writing the bandâ€™s third album, which included the theme song for MICHAEL J. FOXâ€™S hit TV show â€œSpin Cityâ€. In fact, five of Krizanâ€™s songs made the Spin Doctorsâ€™ â€œGreatest Hitsâ€ collection, including â€œMiss Americaâ€, which was adapted for HOWARD STERNâ€™S book that was released under the same title.Â Krizanâ€™s time with the Spin Doctors was a whirlwind of activity, which included making appearances on such television shows as DAVID LETTERMAN and JAY LENO. And it was during this time that Krizan added performing with â€œrock royaltyâ€ to his resumeâ€¦touring with THE ROLLING STONESâ€“as the Spin Doctors opened for the legendary rock band on 15 of their tour dates. Another favorite collaborative appearance was the Spin Doctors performance at the legendary RED ROCKS outdoor concert arenaâ€”where they shared the stage for 3 nights with the ALLMAN BROTHERS.
Anthony followed up on these initial successes with two major songsâ€”including the LENNY KRAVITZ classic â€œStand By My Womanâ€ from Kravitzâ€™s CDÂ â€œMama Saidâ€Â (Virgin Records), which sold 5 million copies. â€œStand By My Womanâ€ was also selected for Lenny Kravitzâ€™sÂ â€œGreatest Hitsâ€Â (Virgin), which attained the impressive sales mark of 10 million copies. Krizan also penned the title track for Waiteâ€™s â€œWhen You Were Mineâ€Â (Pure Records)â€“which was also included on Waiteâ€™s â€œGreatest Hitsâ€ album.
Krizanâ€™s rock roots run deepâ€“having performed as a guitarist with NOEL REDDING, bassist of THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE for 10 years. Noel Redding and Anthony became great friends, as well as musical partners. The years to follow included a long list of song writing credits on numerous albums, movie sound tracks and television show themes. This includes Krizan co-writingÂ â€œDust and Boneâ€ for GRETCHEN WILSONâ€™S â€œRight On Timeâ€â€”with the song also being recorded by blues/rock legend PAT TRAVERS. â€œDust and Boneâ€ was additionally picked for the second track on Universal country artist TIM HICKSâ€™ album, which opened at #1 on the SoundScan Country Album Charts. These industry endorsements contributed to making â€œDust and Boneâ€ the obvious choice for the title track for Anthonyâ€™s upcoming debut album.
The musicians that accompany Krizan on â€œDust and Boneâ€ are world class, befitting an artist of his caliber and standing in the industry.Â Contributors include CHAD CROMWELL on drums (NEIL YOUNG, MARK KNOPFLER, BONNIE RAITT, WILLIE NELSON), KEVIN GRANT on bass (LEE BRICE, GARTH BROOKS), JIM HOKE on horns (ZAC BROWN, BOZZ SCAGGS, SHERYL CROW), JOHN GINTY on B3 organ (ROBERT RANDOLPH, DIXIE CHICKS, JEWEL), ROB CLORES on keys (BLACK CROWES), JOHN KORBA on keys (HALL & OATES, ROSEANNE CASH)), TOM MARSHALL on vocals/co-writer (PHISH lyricist), KIM INCE on backup vocals (RIHANNA), and CC COLETTI on backup vocals (MEATLOAF).
Krizan is the 2013 recipient of the ASCAP FOUNDATION JAY GORNEY AWARD for the song he co-wrote with CHERYL DAVEIGA, â€œHome Donâ€™t Feel Like Homeâ€. He is the owner of SONIC BOOM STUDIOS.