When he was 8 months old, Burger fell onto a furnace grate and suffered third degree burns on his hands, legs and face. Doctors predicted he’d never move his hands again, but the musical prodigy proved them wrong. Burger began playing the piano when he was only 3 years old and made his radio debut at the age of 5. He studied classical music at the Cadek Conservatory of Music in Chattanooga, Tenn., but gospel was his true passion.
Burger recorded nearly two dozen albums with the gospel group, The Kingsmen, then produced his first solo release, “Anthony Burger at the Lowry Organ,” in 1975. His music spoke to legions of fans, who voted him Singing News Magazine’s #1 musician for 10 years in a row (1980-1989). The Brentwood, Tenn., resident later joined up with gospel superstar Bill Gaither and the Gaither Homecoming concert tour as a guest pianist. Known for his renditions of “He Touched Me,” “The King Is Coming,” “It Is Finished” and “Because He Lives,” Burger performed to sold out crowds all over the world.
Two Gaither albums and videos featuring Burger are currently in the Top 10 on both music video and contemporary Christian album sales charts. His latest album, “A Tribute to Bill and Gloria Gaither,” was nominated this year for a Gospel Music Association Award in the instrumental album category. His record, “New Born Feeling,” was nominated in the same category in 1997.
“If you look back at the 25 years Anthony Burger devoted to reaching the world through gospel music you will see a discography filled with some of the finest piano artistry the world of gospel music has ever known. You will most likely be impressed by his many accomplishments, too. But what Anthony would want you to remember, first and foremost, is how God used this Tennessee boy — a boy who was once told he would never have full use of his hands — to soothe a hurting world through music,” said Emily Sutherland, director of Gaither.com.