Born in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Anya’s music is steeped in the tones of folk and bluegrass and seasoned by travels across the world with her vivid storytelling, vibrant musicianship, and arresting honesty. 

She began her recording career in 2007 with an album called Old Time Duets for the Virginia Heritage label The Crooked Road before moving to Asheville, NC, where she founded the bands Dehlia Low (Rebel Records) and Tellico (Organic Records). Anya released the first full-length album under her own name, Eden And Her Borderlands, in July 2021 on Organic Records. She 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 her song “Hills of Swannanoa.” 

Anya tours regionally and nationally all over the US as well as extensively in Japan and Europe. She has played stages at MerleFest, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, La Roche Bluegrass Festival (France), Bristol Rhythm & Roots, and has supported/performed with Mipso, John Doyle, Malcolm Holcombe, the Stray Birds and many others. She has recorded some 10 albums in various collaborations both in the US and Japan, and is currently working on her second studio album under her name, slated for release in 2023. 

 

Career Highlights:

  • 2022 International Acoustic Music Awards Runner-Up 

  • 2021 release (Organic Records) Eden and Her Borderlands - bubblin’ up for 3 weeks on the Americana Music Association's Top 50 Americana Album Charts, inclusion on “Indigo,” “Grass Roots” and “Emerging Americana” Spotify Playlists, Top 10 Best of 2021 albums at KALW (San Francisco CA), WNCW (Spindale, NC), and WTJU (Charlottesville VA) 

  • 2019 MerleFest Chris Austin Song Contest Winner, Hazel Dickens Songwriting Competition 

  • 2018 #1 song, #2 album on Folk Radio (11/2018) 

 

Press Quotes:

 

"...one of roots music's gems so far this year…" 

—No Depression 

“…a burgeoning force behind the Appalachian roots revival…" 

—Pop Matters 

"Hinkle is a magnificent song-writer...a storyteller and a poet…" 

—Folk Connection 

"...everything one could look for in bluegrass-tinged Americana” 

—Americana UK 

“Once you hear Anya Hinkle sing you will want to hear her again. If you get a chance to see her perform, take it!” 

—Bluegrass Today 

“A rising Star of Appalachian string music…” 

—For Folk’s Sake 

A rising star of Appalachian string music...”

For Folk's Sake