A chamber cabaret artist with a striking, androgynous visual style and a strong, soulful voice, U.K.-born, California-raised Antony Hegarty felt like the consummate outsider until coming face to face with the image of Boy George on the cover of Culture Club's 1982 debut album, Kissing to Be Clever. Eight years later, Hegarty relocated to New York City and found a world more accepting of avant-garde sensibilities and a sexually ambiguous nature. Hegarty formed Antony and the Johnsons in 1998, and the band released its self-titled debut in 2000. Antony released a series of EPs in 2004, followed by the band's second full-length, the Mercury Prize-winning I Am a Bird Now, in 2005. Subsequent albums included The Crying Light, Swanlights, Cut the World, and Turning. ~ James Christopher Monger
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