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"I can't stop thinking about how good this song is. And the video. And the performance by the band. To me, this is a "stadium song". A Glastonbury flag waving, flaming cigarette lighter raising, cell phone light swaying, sing along level song to me bro. When a song just hits you like this one does, you want to share it with everyone. It's got a magical quality to it. Anaya Comes Alive!" J.Sindt Portland,Or

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I am so excited to share some new songs with you all! I spent a couple of months working hard at a wonderful studio called Metro 13. A beautiful little facility housed inside Chamber Studios and owned and run by maestro Marty Hailey. Marty and I worked closely together on this new EP and his musical talent and production shines here! It has been a wonderful experience. 

It turns out that Marty and I have way more in common than the I Hate Children Children's Show! Stylistically, we shared so much and both worked on Hedwig and the Angry Inch! Our common ground and the search for a produced sound for my songs created an even stronger friendship and great professional relationship. The music sounds great!

We did 4 songs. Northern Light is the first single from the upcoming EP which will be available for download early 2022. 

Please stay tuned and when you get the new music, let me know what you think of the new sound! I have recruited a new showcase band which features Marty, as well as Alex Read and Paul Dennington. 

Cheers all!!



First and foremost I guess I have always considered myself a guitar player. But, with that said, I have only used its sound as a tool to implement my song ideas. It really has been a way for me to accompany myself ever since first picking one up in 1973. 

Currently, I write and perform as a solo singer songwriter and Pub musician.


I also play guitar and add music and comedic faces to a wonderful theatre piece called "Devil in the Deck". I have been doing this show for close to 20 years and have done even more crazy performances with master magician Paul Nathan in that time including co-creating our "hit" the award winning children's show,

"The I Hate Children Children's Show"

I also play guitar in an Edinburgh based Scottish band "Cantara". We don't play often but with the awesome force of nature Lou Marshall on bagpipes and her long time musical partners the Morrison sisters and Mike Cameron while featuring renown flamenco guitarist Ricardo Garcia, it's a wonderful ride and worth the ticket price. 

I also have an upbeat folk and covers band, check out the John Anaya Band Page in the nav section. 

Years spent on the mixing desk in world class studios, great theatre productions and some of San Francisco's finest music venues. Playing on stage since 1983. Running my own studio/production business, Humpback Recording and independent record label, Olao Records since 2002. Voting member of NARAS and PRS UK. BMI USA affiliate.

Highlights: Recording Engineer/Session Guy at Prairie Sun Recording Studios, Cotati, CA 2002-2008

FOH Sound Hedwig and the Angry Inch Victoria Theatre, SF 2004-2005

Portland Oregon Rock trio CHUM with Joe Beebe and Tommy Sessa 1994-1997

MD/Actor Devil in the Deck 2003-present

I've done not one but two One man Shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe:

The Hope Gene 2014

Gus Loomis "The Farewell Tour" 2015-2016

Tradition Guitars Endorsement/Friendship 2013

Next time you see me ask me about Tom Waits, Neko Case, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Charleze Theron and Joan Baez, Grunge in the NW and Folk in Edinburgh.....

Find my tunes on iTunes, Spotify, CDBaby, Soundcloud, Songtradr, Bandcamp and just about every digital platform around. 

The real "About". I am that guy that lives ands breathes live music and performance.

 Love it!

I use Takamine, Breedlove and Alvarez acoustic guitars, Tradition Telecasters live and D'addario EXP's 


Live at the Voodoo Rooms

LIve from Edinburgh, with Juanjo Mata on Harmonica and Ben Errington on fiddle. Captures the sound of the "Change Will Come" album. Enjoy!


Want a physical copy of the "Change Will Come" CD?

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