Anna Calvi
Name: Anna Calvi
Occupation: Pop Singer
Gender: Female
Birth Day: September 24, 1980
Age: 40
Country: England
Zodiac Sign: Libra

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Anna Calvi

Anna Calvi was born on September 24, 1980 in England (40 years old). Anna Calvi is a Pop Singer, zodiac sign: Libra. Nationality: England. Approx. Net Worth: $5 Million.


She was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 2011 and a BRIT Award in 2012.

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Before Fame

She worked as a guitar instructor for several years while she recorded her debut album.


Biography Timeline


Anna Margaret Michelle Calvi was born on 24 September 1980 in London, the youngest of two children born to an English mother and Italian father, both of whom are therapists and "amateur musicians." Her sister Nuala Calvi is a journalist. Calvi spent most of the first three years of her life in a hospital undergoing treatment and surgeries to correct congenital hip dysplasia. "The way I dealt with that was to create my own world. And that's what my relationship with music is – a world of my own creation that I escape into. I was always a dreamer. The early things stick with you," she later remembered. Calvi grew up being exposed to a multitude of genres of music by her music-loving Italian father, as well as her grandfather, with whom she spent summers in Rome; this eclectic array ranged from Captain Beefheart to The Rolling Stones to Maria Callas, combined with classical music: "I was so taken by the sound. Whenever I saw an instrument I would get so excited and my heart would beat really fast."


When Calvi was 18 years old, she came out to her family. After graduating from secondary school, Calvi enrolled at the University of Southampton, where she studied violin and guitar, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music in 2003. Following her completion of university, Calvi returned to London and worked as a guitar instructor, giving private lessons, though she reflected: "I was rubbish because I had taught myself so I couldn't explain how to play." She also worked as a sales assistant in a toy shop.


Calvi formed several bands, including Cheap Hotel, who released one download-only single ("New York"), which did not chart. Calvi later met multi-instrumentalist Mally Harpaz and drummer Daniel Maiden-Wood, who eventually formed her band. While playing in bands and giving guitar lessons, Calvi was privately recording songs on an eight-track recorder in the attic of her parents' home. At an early gig, Calvi caught the attention of Bill Ryder-Jones who urged Laurence Bell of Domino Records to sign her. Early support also came from Brian Eno, who heard about Calvi through a friend. Calvi played guitar on the track "The Prizefighter and the Heiress" on Johnny Flynn's album Been Listening, and in October 2009 she went on to support Flynn on tour. In December 2009, she signed a recording contract with Domino Records.


In the autumn of 2009 Calvi recorded a series of filmed Attic Sessions that were uploaded onto YouTube, including a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Joan of Arc", Elvis Presley's "Surrender", TV on the Radio's "Wolf Like Me" and David Bowie's "Sound & Vision". In 2010 Calvi supported American rock band Interpol on their United Kingdom tour, as well as label-mates the Arctic Monkeys at the Shepherd's Bush Empire. Nick Cave also invited her to support Grinderman across Europe in October 2010.

On 11 October 2010, Calvi released her debut solo single "Jezebel", a 1951 song originally written by Wayne Shanklin and made famous by Frankie Laine and French chanteuse Edith Piaf. Both "Jezebel" and the B-side "Moulinette" were recorded by Rob Ellis, and released on limited edition 7" and digital download. Live versions of both "Jezebel" and "Moulinette" were filmed at The Luminaire venue in London by Emma Nathan, who also created the vinyl artwork.

On 1 December 2010 Calvi performed at the Colette showcase in Paris as part of The Room of Curiosities exhibition by Thomas Erber.


Calvi did not begin singing until her mid-late-twenties. "I had a phobia about it until five years ago," she said in 2011. "I wouldn't sing in school or even in the shower. I had this emotional block about hearing my voice. So the guitar became my voice when I was a teenager, it was how I could express myself." In an effort to find her own voice, Calvi has spoken of how she would lock herself in a room for long periods of time, singing along to records by Edith Piaf and Nina Simone.

Calvi released her eponymous debut album in the UK and Europe through Domino Records on 17 January 2011, to critical acclaim. It entered the official UK charts at number 40, and achieved similar success across Europe, charting at 17 in France, 33 in Austria, 40 in Switzerland, 55 in Sweden and 70 in Germany. In France, according to Q magazine, Calvi "has become an overnight star, the album debuting in the Top 20." The album was released in USA, Australia, and Japan on 1 March 2011.

Calvi launched the album to sold-out show at the intimate Hoxton Hall in London on 27 January 2011. Calvi's European tour in late 2011 was filmed and released as a two-part series called Somewhere Along the Line.

Calvi was invited to play at the Gucci dinner which was hosted by Vogue during the 2011 Haute Couture Paris fashion week. Frida Giannini, creative director at Gucci, also chose outfits for Calvi to wear during her May 2011 US tour. Calvi opened the new Gucci Sydney store on 30 November 2011.


The album was nominated for the Mercury Prize, which went instead to PJ Harvey. In January 2012, Calvi was awarded the European Border Breakers Award. Calvi was nominated in the Best British Breakthrough category at the BRIT Awards 2012.

Calvi took time off recording in November 2012 to sing on a Noah and The Whale song called "Heart of Nowhere", released in May 2013.


Calvi announced on 5 August 2013 that her second album titled One Breath was to be released on Domino Records on 7 October. Her announcement was accompanied by a trailer filmed by Emma Nathan. The record was produced by John Congleton and recorded in Blackbox Studios, France as well as Elmwood Recording Studios in Dallas, Texas, United States. Calvi has explained the title as: "One Breath is the moment before you've got to open yourself up, and it's about how terrifying that is. It's scary and it's thrilling. It's also full of hope, because whatever has to happen hasn't happened yet."

Released in October 2013, One Breath received critical praise upon release, with The Independent calling the album "an LP that rumbles with lusty insistence, swoons with bliss, luxuriates in cinematic style and nudges Calvi's emotive voice to fresh operatic heights". The album was nominated for the Mercury Prize, marking Calvi's second nomination. Two singles, "Eliza" and "Suddenly", were released in promotion of the album, both featuring videos directed by Emma Nathan.


Calvi began 2014 with a tour of the UK in February before heading to Europe throughout March. The Guardian gave Calvi's February performance at London's Troxy theatre a four star review, stating that it "confirm[ed] Calvi as a modern guitar hero of exceptional talent and imagination". After the show at the Troxy, Calvi played an intimate "solo show" to 150 fans at the George Tavern. Reviewing this special performance, Gigwise said that "up close and personal, the microscope highlights the nuances and flourishes that make Calvi the rarest of talent". On 24 March 2014, Calvi announced two shows in May in Sydney and Melbourne, as part of her Australian tour. She also performed on 1 June as a vocal guest alongside the Heritage Orchestra for their Giorgio Moroder tribute. Calvi returned to Glastonbury Festival on 28 June 2014 for a performance on the Park stage.

Calvi's first EP, a collection of covers titled Strange Weather, was released on 15 July 2014. The EP featured David Byrne (Talking Heads) and consisted of songs by Keren Ann, FKA Twigs, Connan Mockasin, Suicide, and David Bowie. Calvi also collaborated with Marianne Faithfull on her 2014 album track, "Falling Back". Subsequently, Calvi performed this track with Faithfull on the BBC's Later with Jools Holland TV show on 23 September 2014. She was then chosen to support Morrissey for his show at the O2 Arena in London on 29 November 2014.

In December 2014, Calvi performed a one off show with the innovative and eclectic Heritage Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley. New orchestral versions of tracks from her previous releases were performed at St John's Church in Hackney, London. The concert was a sold-out event which also saw guest appearances from Patrick Wolf and Charlie Fink from Noah and the Whale, and Dave Okumu producer and musician from the band Invisible. Calvi had also worked with the Heritage Orchestra previously on the Giorgio Moroder show at the Sydney Opera House.

Calvi also performed at the Fendi auction in May 2014 at Sotheby's in London, and at the Chloe Paris F/W event on 28 September 2014.

On 28 September 2014 Calvi accompanied Marianne Faithfull in a headline performance at the Chloé fashion show in Paris, France.


On 3 March 2015 Calvi confirmed via her Facebook page that she would be recording a track for the 2015 science fiction film, The Divergent Series: Insurgent. Titled, "The Heart of You", it was written by Andrew Wyatt and produced by Adrian Utley (Portishead) at Real World Studios. The film's soundtrack was released on 17 March 2015 through Interscope Records and featured other artists including Woodkid, Lykke Li, M83, HAIM, Royal Blood, SOHN, Zella Day, and Imagine Dragons Calvi was once again a judge at the 2015 Mercury Music Prize.


On 4 February 2016, Calvi featured on Strung Out in Heaven, a David Bowie covers EP arranged by Jherek Bischoff and Amanda Palmer following the death of David Bowie on 10 January 2016. Calvi booked a studio in London on three days notice, contributing her voice and guitar to the track "Blackstar". The EP also features Neil Gaiman and John Cameron Mitchell. Subsequently, performing a moving rendition of "Blackstar" for the David Bowie tribute show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

In March 2016, Calvi was part of the Pieces of a Man: The Gil Scott-Heron Project, "a celebration of the life and legacy of the legendary American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author" in conjunction with Convergence Festival in London. Under the direction of The Invisible's Dave Okumu, an ensemble of guest vocalists and poets, including Andreya Triana, Kwabs and Jamie Woon performed reinterpretations of Scott-Heron's music. "Anna Calvi delivered a menacing rock-opera take on 'Me and the Devil'". In July 2016, Calvi and Jherek Bischoff performed "Lady Grinning Soul" at the BBC Proms David Bowie special.


In 2017, Calvi announced that she had written the music for an opera, The Sandman, based on the short story by E. T. A. Hoffmann, and directed by Robert Wilson. The play premiered on 3 May at the Ruhrfestspiele Festival, Recklinghausen, Germany and ran there until 9 May, after which it transferred to the Schauspielhaus in Düsseldorf.

On 20 February 2017, Calvi performed four of her own tracks (including two new songs) and a cover of Christine and the Queens 'iT' at the Burberry London Fashion Week show with strings and a choir from The Heritage Orchestra. All five tracks were released as the 'Live for Burberry' EP.


While Calvi had revealed little about her personal life in her early career, in February 2018, she posted a photo with her girlfriend on her Instagram account. "It wasn't like, 'And now I'm going to come out [as a lesbian]'," Calvi said. "I think everyone who follows me knew anyway. I think my music has always been queer, and the people who needed that from me recognised it immediately. Those who didn't need that in their lives didn't notice."

In the summer of 2018, Calvi played three performances at Berghain in Berlin on 12 June, Paris La Gaîté Lyrique on the 15th, and the Heaven venue in London on 19 June. In early June 2018, Calvi announced that her third studio album, Hunter would be released by Domino Records on 31 August 2018. The album was co-produced by Nick Launay, and features Adrian Utley from Portishead and Martyn P. Casey from the Bad Seeds. At the same time she released a single, "Don't Beat the Girl Out of My Boy", and announced a European tour in support.


On 8 February 2019, Calvi performed her biggest headline performance at Roundhouse in London; the show received a 5 star review in The Telegraph, who called the performance "a one-woman, non-stop erotic cabaret." On 25 July 2019 it was revealed that Calvi had received a Mercury Award nomination for Hunter, her third nomination for the prize.

Calvi is the composer for the musical score for the fifth season of the TV series Peaky Blinders, the first episode of which premiered on 25 August 2019. She told NME that "It was incredible for it not to be about me and to really try and get into another character. When I was doing it, I really felt like I was him. I really got into the mindset of Tommy Shelby."


In March 2020 Anna Calvi released Hunted, an album of reworks of the tracks from her 2018 album Hunter. The project featured artists such as Joe Talbot from Idles, Courtney Barnett, Julia Holter and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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Currently, Anna Calvi is 42 years, 0 months and 4 days old. Anna Calvi will celebrate 43rd birthday on a Sunday 24th of September 2023.

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