After suffering third degree burns on his hands at eight months of age, Anthony Burger’s doctor told his parents he wouldn’t likely be able to move his hands in the future. Despite the odds, Burger was healed. At the age of five, he was accepted at the Cadek Conservatory in Chattanooga, TN. A child prodigy, Burger was playing classical piano repertoire within a few years.
Burger’s first recording, Anthony Burger At The Lowry Organ was released in 1975 when he was 14 years old. He joined the Kingsmen while still a teen and remained with that group until 1992. During that time, Burger recorded nineteen projects with the group and was voted the Favorite Pianist in the Singing News Fan Awards for an unprecedented ten years. The award was renamed the "Anthony Burger Award" for several years after that. During this period, Burger presented the award to the winner each year, but was ineligible to receive it.
In 1992, Burger left the Kingsmen Quartet to pursue a career as a solo pianist. He joined the Gaither Homecoming tour the following year and has since been featured on more than 65 Homecoming videos. Burger has continued to release piano solo recordings and headline concerts, but his solo schedule is now balanced by about 80 Gaither Homecoming dates per year. Adding more variety to his schedule, Burger formed an impromptu sideline group with Ivan Parker and Kirk Talley around 1998 called “The Trio.” The group performs at several events each year. (Shane Dunlap has since replaced Parker.)
Burger’s piano folios are popular among keyboard players. The Hazelton Brothers piano company also honored Burger when they began offering an “Anthony Burger Signature” model. In late 2005, it was announced by Steinway and Sons that Burger was being added to their exclusive roster of endorsing artists, making him the only Southern Gospel pianist to ever hold that honor.
On February 22, 2006, Burger died of a heart attack on while performing on stage during a Gaither cruise. He was 44 years old.