Poetic soul. Dramatic folk. Melodic bitch slaps.
Antonia Vai is a singer-songwriter, music producer, artist and vocal coach. Antonia was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, where she started singing and writing songs at an early age. In 2013 she moved to Budapest and had a breakthrough on the Hungarian music scene. Known as the “bohemian soul diva”, she has gained big attention on Hungarian TV and radio, was nominated for ”Songwriter of the year” by Artisjus, shared the stage with international acts like Selah Sue (BE) and Yasmine Hamdan (LB) and played at countless festivals and clubs around Europe.
Antonia has been playing instruments and writing songs since her early childhood. As a teenager, she started recording and producing her songs alone in her bedroom. After living a year in London, and moving around in Europe, she finally released two self-produced albums at the same time, “Lovers and Prophets“ and “Dirt From When The Earth Was Flat“, in September 2012.
After moving to Budapest in 2013, Antonia recorded the album “Stories After Bedtime” in the Szimpla ruinpub, together with Swedish guitarist/producer Felix Gröndahl. The first single from the album was “The Pirate’s Waltz” and the full album was released in September 2014, on A38, Budapest.
Antonia and her band attracted a big audience on the underground music scene in Hungary. They toured the country with alternative rock band Quimby, played at MR2 Akusztik, did a sold-out show at MÜPA, Palace of Arts, in June 2015. They then released “Remember How” together with Saiid from Akkezdet Phiai, which was the first single from the EP, ‘Tightrope’, released in February 2016.
Antonia Vai released her fifth album “Ritual” in September 2017 which had a sold-out premier at Budapest’s at A38 club in Budapest. The making of the album took place on different continents, as Antonia decided to travel and create an album on the road. ”Ritual” is an alternative pop-soul album with influences from world music, recorded and co-written with musicians from Morocco, Hungary, Sweden and Brazil. The songs are versatile in styles, from the dark tango “Love Song For An Ex” to the flamenco-R&B ”Warrior Soul” or the obscure pop-ballad ”The Witch”.
Antonia about the album:
”I had to hit the road and be a nomad for a while to find my voice again. The result became Ritual. My inner revolution. A celebration of freedom, strength, mysticism, the woman in me. I sang myself through catastrophes and returned with these songs.”
In Autumn of 2019 Antonia took time off from concerts to work on new material. She went into isolation in a house in south of France to create, then went on to New York, where she created her next music video for the song GHOST. In 2020 she’s back with full force, with a darker and somewhat more electronic sound. Her anticipated song and video GHOST was released on April 17th.