Antony "Tony" Harnell (born September 18, 1962, in San Diego, California, USA) is an American hard rock singer, best known for his work with the Norwegian hard rock band TNT.
Tony has led a career as a recording artist since the early 80's. He is also a songwriter and producer.
Tony Harnell & The Mercury Train "Round Trip", released in 2010
The album was recorded in two separate periods. The music was recorded live over two days at the end of 2008 in Brooklyn, NY. The vocals were recorded from late 2009 into early 2010 by Tony in his home studio. The vocal sessions started 7 months after a successful 5 hour surgery to remove his thyroid gland following a diagnosis of thyroid cancer in Jan 2009. The surgery threatened to end his singing career due to its location across the front of his neck near delicate muscles and tendons used in singing. But with the skill of an excellent surgeon, the help of his long time voice coach Don Lawrence and extensive physical therapy he regained his voice completely. The cancer was totally cleaned out and his doctors don't expect it to return. Tony calls the first few months of 2009 "the worst of his life". During his recovery period, his mother, who was battling breast cancer for several years, finally succumbed to the disease on April 24, 2009, just one and a half months after Tony's ordeal. Tony says the album was the "perfect tool to retrain his voice and put the painful past with TNT behind him on his own terms". "Round Trip" which was released in the autumn of 2010 is a retrospective of all his past work plus one new song and was recorded with his favorite local musicians in New York. The album features Brandon Wilde on bass and vocals, Jason Hagen on acoustic guitar, Brad Gunyon on drums, Chris Foley on lead guitar and his wife Amy Harnell on backing vocals and recorder. On April 1, 2011 Tony released a new digital single worldwide called "Take What You're Giving" which starts a new chapter in Tony's ever evolving sound and has charted in Norway and Sweden. He is currently working on a book and a solo album and regularly performs in New York City.
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