For Antony Bitar, performing is not enough. After studying opera performance in college, he found, post-graduation, that the songwriting process is what gives him the most fulfillment. So he walked away from his opera training, and now, with his self-titled debut album, Bitar's writing comes to life. In stark contrast to his days of opera performance, Bitar's sound is a combination of the laid-back, cool voice of Jason Mraz and the upbeat piano-driven melodies of Sara Bareilles. Bitar's insightful lyrics of vulnerability and triumph easily hit home with each and every listener. His first single "Butterflies," which was receiving radio airplay across the New York City tri-state area within days of it's release, is about that nervous yet exciting feeling of first falling in love. His positive lyrics accompany a lively melody and feel-good pop sound. 'It's the tingly feeling in your fingers and your toes. You're trying really hard not to let it show. Her beauty's overwhelming but you don't want her to know.' Bitar grew up surrounded by music. His father, a priest and music teacher, and three older sisters were always singing in the house. Bitar caught on and taught himself piano. But the real turning point came after his grandfather died and he found a cathartic refuge at his piano. "In a matter of minutes of sitting in front of the keys, I completed my first song," he said. It was then that he discovered his gift of songwriting. Bitar went on to study opera performance at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, where he performed coveted roles and earned competitive awards, including first place at the National Association of Teachers Singing competition. Despite his success, he soon realized that opera was not his calling. "I felt this void of merely singing onstage," he said. "I never felt more fulfilled or at home than when I was behind that piano, writing that song for my grandfather." So upon graduation, Bitar immediately went back to songwriting. He set out to New York in September 2010 to write and record his self-titled debut album. His ability to convey emotion with his music has become the driving force of this emerging artist. "From the second my fingers touch the piano, emotions pour out and translate through the whole song," said Bitar. "When the lyrics come out, I become those words and live them out right onstage." In addition to his album, Bitar recently wrote the breakout single, "On Display," for Melissa Gorga, the newest housewife of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which appeared in the current season on Bravo. Antony Bitar's self-titled debut album was recorded at The Cutting Room studio in New York City, and includes Saturday Night Live drummer Shawn Pelton, Thad Debrock on guitar and Eshy Gazit on bass. It will be released on September 13, 2011.