Anna Calvi is an English musician who plays in the band of the same name.
On 6 December 2010, Calvi was announced as a nominee for the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll. Her self-titled debut album was released in the UK on 17 January 2011, where it debuted at number 40 on 23 January.
Calvi formed several bands including "Cheap Hotel", which released one download-only single, "New York", which did not chart. Calvi then went on to meet multi-instrumentalist Mally Harpaz and drummer Daniel Maiden-Wood, who now form her intimate band set-up.
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 renowned music legend Brian Eno, who heard about Calvi through a friend.
He has since become her unofficial mentor describing her during a BBC6 Music interview as, "the biggest thing since Patti Smith.
"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'.Calvi played guitar on the track "The Prizefighter and the Heiress" on Johnny Flynn's album 'Been Listening'. In October 2009, she also supported Flynn on tour. In 2010, Calvi supported Interpol on their UK tour and label-mates the Arctic Monkeys at the Royal Albert Hall. Nick Cave also invited her to support Grinderman across Europe in October 2010.