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Anya Parker-Lentz looks like your typical, All-American teenage girl. The sixteen-year old Short Hills, New Jersey resident loves practicing yoga, running, writing, sewing and hanging out with friends. Anya is prone to giggle fits with her closest friends, and shows a unique and inquisitive mind in conversation and in her academic pursuits. Everything changes once Anya sits down at a piano, however. The sweet shyness of a teenager falls by the wayside, and she becomes an intense, brooding and eccentric artist who thrives in the maelstrom of creation. With a distinctive ear for melody, and a perspective on the world that reaches far beyond her sixteen years, Anya is an old soul spinning songs written under the influence of youth.
One of Anya's very good friends is Jake, is a young man who has endured the neurological movement disorder Dystonia. He and his family are active fundraisers for the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation. Three years ago, Jake’s mother asked Anya on a lark to write a song about Jake with no real expectations. Anya responded with “Mission Possible”, digging deep into the emotions generated by watching a friend struggle and survive. In the process, she managed to a write a deeply moving song that both defined Jake’s life and his meaning to those around him. “Mission Possible” has become an unofficial anthem for the annual fundraiser Jake’s Ride, and was recently featured in a stirring Fox Teen News segment along with interviews of Anya and Jake.
Now, with a number of small festival dates under her belt during 2011 and 2012, Anya takes the next step with the release of her debut EP, The Giving. Building on the artistic success of “Mission Possible”, Anya has crafted a seven-song EP of youthful, yet surprisingly poised observations in song. Dealing in the reality of her life, Anya explores love, loss and the constant angst of living amongst the detritus of dreams.
Her EP has been recognized by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who wrote to congratulate her: "This significant milestone is a testament to your hardwork and outstanding talent as a musician. I commend you for serving as an inspiration for other young musicians throughout our state and I join with your family and friends in applauding you on a job well done."