Cupertino-raised Anya Marina releases her ‘favorite’ record — don’t tell previous releases 

For years, the Cupertino-raised Anya Marina made her living up and down California as an on-air radio personality, complete with obsessive fans who hung on her every last drive-time word.

But she wasn’t just another pretty speaking voice — she could sing, too, as proven by her recent “Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II” breakthrough on Chop Shop/Atlantic.

She went on to achieve successes like her “Gossip Girl”-featured cover of T.I.’s “Whatever You Like,” and the inclusion of her “Satellite Heart” in the prestigious oundtrack to “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” — an honor that artists are literally scrambling for these days.

And now — after her “Spirit School” EP — comes Marina’s next set, “Felony Flats,” issued on Valentine’s Day.

It was self-produced, and features musicians like bassist Jeff Bond, guitarist Cody Votolato (Blood Brothers), drummer Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse), and Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley on guitar and keyboards.

To summarize new material like “Notice Me” and “You Are Invisible,” she says, “If albums are like children, this is my favorite — don’t tell the others. It’s the one I put the most heart and soul into. It’s the one that taught me the most about myself, it’s the one that looks most like me.”

For more information, visit www.anyamarina.com.

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