Antony & The Johnsons Win The Mercury Music Prize
Antony & The Johnsons have deservedly won the Mercury Music Prize for 2005. The album 'I Am A Bird Now' came top out of a list of 12 bands vying for the prize, including the favourites Kaiser Chiefs, MIA and The Magic Numbers.
The winners get a cash prize of £20,000 and an upsurge in album sales as the record buying public flock to buy the mercury music prize winning album. A flurry of late bets resulted in Antony & The Johnsons going from rank outsiders to being one of the favourites to win. People who got in there first with the sizeable odds have made a killing.
You can view the video for 'Hope There's Someone' (one of the tracks from the winning album), by clicking the media links below:
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Antony first presented his songs after-hours at the Pyramid Cocktail Lounge in NYC. After receiving a fellowship for "performance art/emergent forms," Antony assembled the Johnsons and recorded his first album. Antony and the Johnsons have since performed at venues including the Bloomsbury theater, the Warhol Museum, the Wexner Center, Townhall, and Royce Hall. Recently, Antony has also performed recently at Queen Elizabeth Hall and with Hal WIllner at the Sydney Opera House.
Antony sang on Lou Reed's albums The Raven and Animal Serenade and toured with Lou internationally in 2003. Antony appeared as an androgynous convict singing to a crowd of inmates in Steve Buscemi's film Animal Factory. He also appeared recently singing "I Fell in Love to a Dead Boy" to a crowd of empathetic Parisian transsexuals in Sebastien Lifshitz's latest film Wild Side.
Antony was featured in the 2004 Whitney Biennial; he collaborated with Charles Atlas to stage a 3 night series at Saint Ann's Warehouse in NYC called "TURNING." A concert and live video installation, "TURNING" featured Antony and the Johnsons playing before a cast of 13 slowly revolving Beauties, whose images were simultaneously processed and projected onto a giant screen.
Antony and the Johnsons' first recordings were released by David Tibet on his label, Durtro. In Summer 2004, Antony signed to Secretly Canadian, who re-released the debut album as well as the new album "I Am a Bird Now" in February 2005. Antony is represented by Rough Trade in Europe. Antony's "The Lake" was included on Devendra Banhart's Bastet compilation "The Golden Apples of the Sun."
Antony & The Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now