Anna Troy

Anna Troy

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A constant blur of activity. For Anna Troy, any time spent making music is better than anytime not. It’s a drive that has seen her play up to three gigs a day. Her sound is difficult to pigeonhole. Using blues as a foundation, her music can take excursions into rock, pop, and soul.

Biography

BLUES GUITARIST AND SONGWRITER ANNA TROY

2007 SDMA Nominee for “Best Blues Album” for solo debut album, "Ain’t No Man"
2008 SDMA Nominee for "Best Pop Artist"

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A constant blur of activity; for Anna Troy, any time spent making music is better than any time not. It’s a drive that has seen her play up to three gigs a day, while fitting her day job of teaching guitar lessons at Blue Guitar in Mission Valley (and now Old Time Music in North Park) in between.

Her sound is difficult to pigeonhole. Using blues as a foundation, her music can take excursions into rock, pop and soul. “I definitely consider myself a blues artist, but I don’t limit myself to one genre,” she said. “I just play whatever style of music seems to be working for me and inspiring me at the moment. I want my music to be soulful, with songs that people will remember because of a catchy phrase and melody or intriguing lyrical content. And I believe the blues is an excellent for this, with its powerful rhythms and melodies.”

Since the release of her debut solo album, "Ain’t No Man" (2006), she has kept increasingly busy. Having assembled a crack backing band, her live schedule has seen her perform at major venues including The House of Blues, The Starlight Bowl, The Belly Up Tavern, The California Center for the Performing Arts and The Casbah. Meanwhile the album itself was nominated for “Best Blues Album” in the 2007 San Diego Music Awards. Add in over a dozen press appearances and the same in TV & Radio appearances to her credit and it’s clear that Troy has made an impression. There aren’t many artists whose stylistic range can have them perform on both country radio station KSON as well as indie rock station FM94.9.

Still in her early twenties, Troy has spent a lifetime immersed in music. It’s evident in her confidence and her brash, playful stage presence. A native San Diegan, she’s become known for her stand-out guitar work but actually started out as a pianist. “I do remember being four and sitting at our 100 year old upright grand piano that we had and tinkling away at the keys. And that is when my mom thought ‘We need to give her piano lessons.’” Troy played for eight years, and has rarely touched a keyboard since, although she did take away one valuable lesson from the experience. “We had recitals a few times a year, so I got used to being on stage at a very early age,” she mused.

At the age of twelve, she switched to guitar. “I never really had a passion for the piano. It wasn’t until I picked up a guitar around the age of twelve that everything instantly started to click,” said Troy. She soon began to perform alongside her sister, Lindsey, occasionally joining Joy Eden Harrison or Lisa Sanders for a song at their shows. The pair became perennials at open-mic nights at Mikey’s Coffeehouse in Poway and Java Joe’s Ocean Beach location.

Interestingly, like most budding performers, their sets at the time consisted largely of covers. Perhaps uniquely however, the trio performed songs by other local acts such as Sanders, Jewel and Gregory Page. “I always leaned toward local music,” Troy explained. “I wanted something I could relate to. I wanted to listen to artists that I could actually go see play at a coffee house and then talk to them afterwards. I wanted to be like them.” She proceeds to name a who’s who of the local club scene, including the much missed Bug Guts, Candye Kane and others. “(It was) their albums I would sleep with next to my pillow, and listen to every night before I went to bed.” These days, Troy cites such names as Blind Boy Fuller, Memphis Minnie and Chuck Berry as influences, but she still spends any time not playing herself, checking out other local gigs.

Troy worked next with Cindy Lee Berryhill, who secured the two sisters a demo deal with Warner Brothers. While they recorded three tracks, nothing came of the sessions. But the pair (only 13 and 15 respectively) soon attracted producers Harlan Lansky and Craig Bartok, of the production company called Matrix Music Works. The Matrix soon secured them a deal with Elektra. In 2002 The Troys scored a minor hit with their song “What Do You Do?,” and taped a big-budget video in Los Angeles (with Fleetwood Mac working next door), which was aired on MTV's TRL. They even started turning up in the pages of magazines like “Teen Vogue.”

“It was very surreal,” she recalled. “Honestly, I was really scared of losing my identity and individuality. I think that my biggest fear was to be influenced into becoming something that I didn’t want to be. All the glitz and glam that we experienced during that time was meaningless to me.” She describes a time spent riding around in limos, wardrobe budgets, walking down the red carpet at industry parties, and appearing in all the teen mags. The recording even garnered their producers a Grammy nomination. Luckily, her cynical nature, when it comes to the music business, kept her from los

Lyrics

Ain't No Man

Written By: Anna Troy

I met a man just the other day
He called me baby then he went away
He said he’d call me but he never did
I sat up crying in my bed

Where is he now
I said, where is he now
I saw him with a girl they were holding hands
That boy ain’t no man

He took me to a dance we stayed out all night
He held me close and he squeezed me tight
Just as we were making out
Along came this girl and he ran out

Where is he now
I said, where is he now
I love the same man that I can’t stand
That boy ain’t no man

One day he said will you marry me
I promise you’re the only girl I’ll ever see
I said baby this is your last chance
I ain’t no fool for your romance

Where is he now
I said, where is he now
A man like that will hurt you if he can
That boy ain’t no man

My mamma said a good man is hard to find
He’ll be so sweet and he’ll treat you nice
The man I got don’t see nothing wrong
Running off with every girl he wants

Where is he now
I said, where is he now
This time I’ll drop you as fast as I can
That boy ain’t no man

Discography

Anna Troy Discography
Complete Albums / EP’s
1) Aint Too Young (CD/US) 6 songs
2) Dollhouse (CD/US) 6 songs
3) Is This Fate (CD/US) 5 songs
4) Ain’t No Man (Blindspot/CD/US) 2006
5) Wait Another Day (Blindspot/CD/US) 2008

Compilations
1) Aspasia Aid (VACD/US) contains “Never See You Again”
2) Listen Local Cookbook (VACD+Book/US) “Aint No Man” 11/06
3) Staring At The Sun V (Blindspot/VACD/US) “Aint No Man” 01/07
4) San Diego Indie Music Fest (VACD/US) 03/07 “Aint No Man” 03/07
5) San Diego Music Awards 2007 (VACD/US) 09/07 “Fool For Tryin (edit)”
6) Hard Rock Hotel Special Edition, San Diego Music Awards 2007 (VACD/US) 11/07 “Fool For Tryin (edit)”

Videos
1) Ain’t No Man (2007)

Guest Appearances
1) Billy Watson – Numero Cinco ( /CD/US) Anna wrote and sings lead on “Daddy Come Home”
Awards
Aint No Man was nominated for “Best Blues Album” in the 2007 San Diego Music Awards.

The Troys
The Troy sisters worked with Cindy Lee Berryhill on a set of still unreleased demos prior to their Elektra album sessions.
Albums / EP’s
1) The Troys – Massaging Your Ego (Elektra 2A62844/CD/US) 13 songs

Singles
1) The Troys – Sorry Song / What Do You Do (Elektra 6744423/CD5/US) July 22 2003
2) The Troys – Sorry Song /What Do You Do/Album Snippets: Kiss My Sister/Dream on You/Superhuman (Elektra 1866/CD5/US) promo only

Videos
1) The Troys – What Do You Do (Elektra ) promo only clip 2003

Compilations
1) The Troys – Powerpuff Girls (Kid Rhino/VACD/ US) contains “What Do You Do”
2) The Troys – Mainstream Radio April 03 2003 (Promo Only/VACD/US) promo only contains “What Do You Do”
3) The Troys – WSM-WMG Sampler June 2003 (VACD/US) promo only contains “Sorry Song”
4) The Troys – Panorama’s Top Hits Monthly Pop July 2003 (Panorama 0307/VCD-DVD/US) promo only karaoke/video compilation contains “What Do You Do”

Awards
1) Producers The Matrix were nominated for a 2003 Grammy in part for their work with the Troys.

Other
The Troys appeared on Nickelodeon and TRL (05/08/03), as well as the 2003 San Diego Music Awards.

“What Do You Do” was used in the Fox-TV show “Date My Mom” (2005)

The Troys were featured in Teen Vogue, Tiger Beat and many other publications

The Troys were part of the 2003 Teen People “Rock ‘n’ Shop Tour”

Set List

If You Still Want Me
Love's The Meanest Thing
Out Of Luck
Catch The Rain
Wait Another Day
Daddy Come Home
In This Room
The Love We Had
There's No Other Man
Ain't No Man