How would you classify your music?
“ A sorber Janis Joplin meets Steely Dan in Memphis” Multifarious originals influenced by classic rock, jazz, and blues with a lyrical symmetry between mature intention and humorous observations.
I try to write hit songs! LOL
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
I listen to and like anything done well. 1) Steely Dan for their pristine recordings and jazz influenced rock. 2) Aretha Franklin- She’s the Queen of Soul and had hits, hits, hits. 3) Bonnie Raitt- a female player, singer. 4) Tina Turner- She never gave up. She had hits and longevity. 5) Amy Winehouse- she wrote about what was going on in her life.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
I don’t want fans to take away anything as much as I want them to getaway or lose themselves in someone else’s story for a bit and maybe have a chuckle.
How’s the music scene in your locale?
Pittsburgh has been trying to build up its diverse music scene. We have a Grammy winning symphony orchestra, world class jazz musicians (Big Fan!), a few mid-level touring act venues, and loads of bars featuring cover bands. Not many places for up and coming original music rock acts to perform, but hopefully that will change soon.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
The best concert is a three-way tie. I lived next door to Madison Square Garden in NYC in the 70’s and 80’s. Every musician’s dream is to play “The Garden” so everyone playing there is on their “A Game”. I was fortunate to see many acts there. My top # are Stevie Wonder, The Police, and Earth, Wind and Fire. Stevie and The Police made that filled to capacity auditorium feel like an intimate performance just for you in your livingroom. Earth, Wind and Fire was a spectacle! All three concerts were magical.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Martina McBride’s performance at a CMA Fest in Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. She hit the last chorus and a note that had the coed spellbound for a good 10 seconds! You could hear a pin drop. Thousands of people with chills! It was breathtaking! She started crying. She received a standing ovation for 5 minutes. It was a special, special moment.
Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
That’s like asking which of your children do you like best. I love them all. Anyone can be my favorite on a given day.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
I’ve been able to become more accepting and comfortable with who I am today. I’ve come to have a deeper respect for anyone creating original music and attempting to gain public acceptance with it. It’s a tough nut to crack. It can feel lonely.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
Paul McCartney. He seems down to earth and well, I still have a crush on him:)
What’s next for you?
I’m going to make a few more music videos and see how far we (my team) can take the Queen of Pittsburgh album. I’ll take a month later this year and relax in Florida before I begin writing and recording my next album. I’m also considering producing other acts. i love working in the studio conjuring up those enchanting moments and locking them in for eternity.
Submitted By: Tedi Brunetti