Anna Scionti (pronounced Shon-tee) is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and bottleneck slide player who mixes it up on cigar box guitar, resonator, lap steel and six-string guitar.
The music Scionti makes is her own style steeped in blues, roots and rock. While absorbing influences from her favourite inspirational artists, Scionti walks her own creative path. Driving guitars and honey-soaked, gravel-infused vocals draw you deep in to her world of emotionally charged, electrified rhythmic tunes.
Having lost both her parents as a teenager, Scionti turned to music as an outlet. Her original songs tell stories of love, loss, and longing and are uninhibited, raw and unapologetic in their honesty. They are songs from the heart.
JUNKBOX RACKET is Scionti’s latest album giving you a reason to get up and dance!
When left alone with a bunch of guitars out comes a collection of songs that are rebellious and raw. Recorded in 2020 JUNKBOX RACKET includes ten songs played on six uniquely crafted hand-made cigar box guitars and Anna’s 1960’s Gibson melody maker!
Scionti’s other releases include: 2019 album ‘Orphan Diary’ and her 2017 self-titled EP. ‘Orphan Diary’ debuted at No.4 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts, spent seven months in the top 20, and was a nominee for ‘Best Blues Album’ at the 2019 Music Victoria Awards.
Having shared the stage with some of Australia’s finest blues players, Scionti is a regular on the Blues Train and at festivals some of which include: Blues On Broadbeach (QLD), Thredbo Blues Festival (NSW), Australian Blues Music Festival (NSW), National Folk Festival (ACT), Gympie Music Muster (QLD), Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC), Echuca Winter Blues Festival (VIC), Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival (VIC), Marysville Jazz & Blues Festival (VIC), Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues (VIC), Boolarra Folk Festival (VIC) and St Kilda Blues Festival (VIC)
Hot off the heels of her scorching new solo album, Orphan Diary, the Melbourne blues legend is enjoying an enormous 2019. Bounding between cigar box guitars, resonators, lap steels and stomps, Scionti (pronounced Shon-tee, FYI) is a defiantly unique and destructively captivating player. Her energy is patently poignant, every blunt, soul-thumping strum as powerful as can be. To that end, Scionti is a phenomenal vocalist with lyrics that hit hard and heavy – one worth making a special mark on your schedule for”.
Matt Doria - Australian Guitar Magazine (July 2019)
“An exceptional musician equally at home on electric and acoustic guitar, resonator and lap steel, Anna's refreshingly honest lyrics that tell of the tragic death of her parents during her teens, of finding solace in her music, tales of loss, love and fulfilment are enhanced by her emotionally charged guitar. My most played album of this month”.
Billy Pinnell - Billy Pinnell: The Music Show (May 2019)
“Festival and blues cafe favourite Anna Scionti has produced a hard hitting personal album. Burning valves, cigar box and resonator, Scionti does not hold back. Rising star on the blues scene down under”.
Salty Dog - Salty Dog Blues N Roots (June 2019)
“If you get the chance sit down and really listen to this album, it’s an astonishing piece of work simply because so many of the songs are very personal to Anna. She really tells a lot of her personal story. Very brave to put that out in song, but very, very powerful to listen to. I can’t recommend the album enough. Anna Scionti, Orphan Diary”.
Matt Frederick - The Juke Joint, PBS 106.7fm (May 2019)
MUSIC VICTORIA AWARDS
ORPHAN DIARY - Nominated for the 'Best Blues Album' as part of the 2019 Music Victoria Awards!
ANNA SCIONTI - Nominated for 'Best Blues Act' - 2021 Music Victoria Awards
MBAS BLUES PERFORMER OF THE YEAR 2023 (Solo/Duo category)
Representing the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society and Melbourne at the annual
International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis TN, USA - January 2024
International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
2019 FINALIST - "TROUBLE IN MY HEAD"
Awarded an Honorable Mention in the Blues category in the 2019 International Songwriting Competition (ISC)
Video Link: https://youtu.be/aUWu2eDwWt8
2022 Semi-finalist: TIME TO GET UP
2020 Semi-finalist: MISSISSIPPI SAXOPHONE
2019 Semi-finalist: POCKET FULL OF LOVE, BURY MY HURT
2018 Semi-finalist: CLARKSDALE
2017 Semi-finalist: PRETTY GIRL
Anna Scionti is Endorsed by COLE CLARK GUITARS
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