Anthony Joyner, affectionately known as "The Smooth Groove", has been playing bass guitar and singing since the age of 5. He comes from a musical family; his mother was a drummer and his brother is an acclaimed Jazz Singer in New York City. Anthony was 8 years old when he played his first show, and when his family relocated to Nashville, he played with bands in all styles of music.

 

Anthony seems to have been a student of music his whole life. He calls it, "The Family Business". Music was a constant force in his household. His brother introduced him to Jazz, Folk Music and Musical Theater, while Motown, Pop and Funk music was constantly played at home. He listened to television theme songs, and the kids in his neighborhood introduced him to rock and roll, heavy metal and '80's music by his teen years. He also played Country and Southern Rock and Gospel on the weekends in clubs and churches.

 

He holds a Master's Degree in Music Education/Performance and is highly skilled on his instrument. He also teaches regularly at music camps and privately, and is a bass guitar clinician. He ran a bass department in a Nashville music store for over 28 years. 

 

Anthony has played, toured and recorded with artists in all genres. Country artists Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and Lee Greenwood, just to name a few. Rock/Pop artists Kim Boyce, The Nelsons(Matt&Gunnar), and "60"s idol Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, and "American Idol" contestant Kendra Chantelle, and NBC"s "The Voice" contestant Megan Ruger, of which he was the Musical Director for both. He is currently the Musical Director for new Country sensation Cody Purvis, plays occasionally with Lee Greenwood, and other artists in all styles. He has been seen on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, and as well as "The Late Show" with David Letterman, and played the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga with both Faith Hill and Tim McGraw at the site of the bombing the next day. He has been featured in both "Bass Player" Magazine and "Bass Frontiers", and online bass magazines, "For Bass Player's Only", "Bass Musician" and "Premier Guitar". He has played both Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry, and is an in-demand session and live player. He is also an established vocalist with a high tenor range.