The 6 1 5 Featuring Anthony Quaid
Anthony Quaid is poised to make a splash in the Nashville pop music scene. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native has always had music in his blood, beginning as a symphonic and jazz trumpet player and a classical vocalist before transitioning into pop singing and songwriting. He learned to play piano by ear at the age of six, and has since been writing songs inspired by modern hitmakers like Max Martin and Ryan Tedder. His production style seamlessly joins the diverse elements of hip-hop and Latin rhythms, electronic instrumentation, and his signature stacks of lush vocal harmonies. Inspired by powerhouse vocalists such as Ariana Grande and Sam Smith, the baritone singer boasts a smooth, rich tone with virtuosic riffs and a falsetto that isn't to be missed.
At twenty-seven years old, Anthony already has major accomplishments under his belt, including performing at Walt Disney World Resort and the highly sought-after Durango Songwriters Expo in 2022. If that isn't impressive enough, he can also sing in Spanish, German, and Italian. Now based in Music City, he offers Nashville a unique style of pop music with authentic storytelling that will make you want to belt from the hilltops one minute before hitting the dancefloor the next. His first two singles, "Secrets" and "Bankrupt", have already generated buzz among industry insiders, and with his newest single, "Melt", he is ready to give listeners their next anthem addiction.
Anthony Quaid's Top Six
What makes Nashville special to you? To me, Nashville is a place where people from all over cross paths and new music and ideas are born. I moved to Nashville from Orlando about two years ago, and since then I've had the opportunity to meet so many incredible people that have shaped my life and my music. I'm inspired every time I meet someone new here!
How would you say your hometown of Baton Rouge differs from Nashville? There are many differences between my hometown of Baton Rouge and Nashville, but one of the most apparent ones to me is the food. There's no question that Nashville has fantastic food, but it's not like the culinary environment I grew up in with French and Spanish influences, fresh seafood in high supply, and nearly ubiquitous Cajun and Creole cuisine. It's become a mission of mine to seek out the most authentic Louisiana-style restaurants in Middle Tennessee, and so far I've found several that are excellent! Say you had a completely free day in Nashville—no work allowed. What would you be doing?
In the morning, I'd love to take a jog through Centennial Park or Shelby Bottoms Park if the weather is nice. During the day, I'd visit the Gaylord Opryland Resort and have lunch in one of the atriums. In the evening, perhaps I'd book a session at my favorite recording studio in town or catch a live show. Afterwards, I'd maybe hit Broadway for some late night food or drinks if I don't have work the next day too! What are some of your favorite Nashville restaurants? I haven't dined out in Nashville a whole lot yet, but some of my favorites so far are Virago (Asian fusion), The Goat (American), Il Forno (Italian), Otaku Ramen (Japanese), and Frothy Monkey (Coffee and Brunch). I'm also a huge cheesecake fan, so I frequent The Cheesecake Factory for special occasions. Is there a place you haven't ate you have been dying to go? It might sound silly, but I've actually been dying to check out the Aquarium restaurant in the Opry Mills mall since I love seafood and would love to dine while feeling like I'm under the sea! Of course we love your style, any favorite Nashville shops? My go-to store for fashion has been Zara for a long time now. I'm absolutely in love with their styles for men, so you'll likely catch me at the Zara in the Green Hills mall if I'm looking for something fresh to wear. I also love shopping at Express, Guess, and Calvin Klein for men's fashion.
One Thing About Nashville
How has Nashville influenced your music? Nashville has introduced me to so many incredible musicians who have become my collaborators for songwriting, production, and live performing. The people of Nashville have influenced my music in many different ways, and I'm constantly inspired by everyone's work here. They call it Music City for a reason, and it's definitely lived up to its name in my opinion!
What’s your favorite place to go for ice cream in Nashville? I'm a HUGE ice cream fan, and I love Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams in Nashville! When enjoying ice cream at home though, my go-to is vanilla or chocolate Halo Top, or, if I'm in a particularly indulgent mood, I go for Talenti sea salt caramel gelato! What’s your favorite place for breakfast in Nashville? My favorite breakfast/brunch spot is Another Broken Egg Cafe! It was a favorite of mine while growing up in Louisiana, and whenever I go to the Broken Egg in Nashville, their Louisiana-themed menu options take me back home. I'm in love with their Mardi Gras Omelette and beignets with honey marmalade! Favorite place to go on date night? My boyfriend and I love going out to Maggiano's Little Italy for the Marco's Meal For Two. They have amazing pasta, and the Gigi's Butter Cake is absolutely to die for. Favorite museum? I've always been fascinated by ancient Greek architecture and art, so the Parthenon museum in Centennial Park is my favorite in Nashville! I love the authentic full-scale replica of the building, and the exhibit inside featuring the history of the 1897 Centennial Exposition is really interesting. Best Broadway bar? I haven't visited too many Broadway bars yet, but of the ones I've seen so far I love Jason Aldean's! Their food is excellent, and the live entertainment they feature there is top-notch. They have a beautiful rooftop terrace as well with incredible views of Nashville!