Bio & EPK
Anya Hinkle is an Asheville, NC-based songwriter, steeped in the tones of roots and folk and seasoned by travels across the world. 2019 Merlefest Chris Austin Song Contest winner, “a burgeoning force behind the Appalachian roots revival…” (PopMatters), No Depression calls her 2021 release Eden and Her Borderlands “...one of roots music’s gems so far this year.” She tours extensively across the US, Japan & Europe and releases her newest effort, OCEANIA, in 2024 on Red Parlor Records.
Born in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, ANYA HINKLE’s music is steeped in the tones of folk and bluegrass and seasoned by travels across the world with vivid storytelling, vibrant musicianship, and arresting honesty.
Anya won the Merlefest Chris Austin song contest and was a finalist in the Hazel Dickens songwriting competition in 2019 for her song “Ballad of Zona Abston,” and was runner-up in the International Acoustic Music Awards in 2022 for “Hills of Swannanoa.”
Anya tours nationally in the US as well as extensively in Japan and Europe. She has played stages at Merlefest, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, La Roche Bluegrass Festival (France), and Bristol Rhythm & Roots. She has recorded some 10 albums in various collaborations both in the US and Japan. Her most recent album OCEANIA was recorded at Citizen Vinyl in Asheville, NC with storied producer Kevin Moloney (U2, Sinéad O’Connor), featuring legendary Irish guitarist John Doyle and slide guitar master Billy Cardine. It will release in spring of 2024 on Red Parlor Records.
"...One of roots music's gems so far this year..." --No Depression | full review
"...a burgeoning force behind the Appalachian roots revival..." --PopMatters | full review
"...vivid songwriting and transportive vocals..." --Folk Alley | full review
"Everything one could look for in bluegrass-tinged Americana" --Americana UK | full review
"Once you hear Anya sing, you will want to hear her again. If you get a chance to see her perform, take it!" --Bluegrass Today | full review
"A rising star of Appalachian string music..." --For Folk's Sake | full review
"...a darling of the Americana scene..." --Bluegrass Today | full review
"Hinkle is a magnificent songwriter...a storyteller and a poet..." --Folk Connection
"Hinkle has a delightful rich vocal trill that shines through every song on the album, and this one is no exception. Listen to her lyrical tale of the innocence of childhood return." --Americana Highways | full review
Please visit Anya Hinkle's YouTube Channel for additional videos
"Eden and Her Borderlands" 
"Hills of Swannanoa" [official video 2020]