sticking to it.
Often referred to as the "grown-up version of Taylor Swift", Lisa Gentile's vast and multi-faceted repertoire is more than a bunch of love songs. There's something deeper going beneath the surface that only comes from the life experiences of a woman chasing her dreams in a business that can tear you down more than lift you up. It's obvious she's had her fair share of struggles and had to make some hard choices and sacrifices, but she always finds the silver lining. Her songs send a strong message of hope, self-empowerment and encouragement to follow your dreams no matter what it takes. Musically, you can’t mistake her signature “Lisa Sound” . . . Powerhouse vocals backed by top-notch productions that merges pop, country and soulful orchestrations reminiscent of Burt Bacharach, Clive Davis and Motown. Sometimes vulnerable, sometimes sassy, sometimes fierce, her songs will either take you on a ride or make you feel right at home.
Growing up surrounded by music icons, Lisa was primed for a career in show business from an early age. She’s daughter of producer, arranger and songwriter Mickey Gentile (Motown) and recording artist and songwriter Jennifer Lambert (Decca Records). Together, Jennifer and Michael formed a super songwriting duo contracted by Screen Gems-Columbia Music. Many hit makers including Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, The Shirelles, Connie Francis, Brenda Holloway, Chris Cark, Billy Eckstein, Barbara McNair, Tammy Terrell recorded their songs and the list goes on. She studied voice under renowned vocal coach Carlo Lifavi Menotti whose students included Judy Garland, Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett and was mentored by her musical idol, superstar singer and actress Liza Minelli.
By age 8 she was starring in national commercials, TV specials and various stage and musical productions and even won episodes of the popular television competition show Star Search. She studied graduated from the HS of Performing Arts in NYC (AKA “Fame) and received her Bachelor of Arts in Arranging and Orchestration from Bard College.
Her forthcoming full-length record “Start Flying” is due to release spring of 2021. This will be Lisa’s first digital record release, however it’s her fourth record; Becoming-LP, 1996; Three-EP 2001; and A Country Compilation-LP 2006 which received a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Country Record.
The new album
Lisa is no stranger to making records. She grew up in the studio watching her father produce and arrange records and began recording and producing her original songs in professional studios at 15. Her sound is contemporary pop country with powerhouse vocals that are backed with pop orchestrations reminiscent of Burt Bacharach, Clive Davis and Motown. Independently, she has released 4 albums of original music: Live In The Stairwell, Becoming, Three and A Country Compilation, which received a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Country Record.
The forthcoming album “Start Flying” will be her debut digital release. All 11 songs are self-written but one she co-wrote with her sister. Lisa produced the entire record with the help of Nashville producer and drummer Adam Box (Brothers Osborne) who co-produced 7 of the 11 songs. She tracked at Adams's studio, the Gilded Palace, in Nashville and completed the record at the infamous Dreamland Recording Studios in Woodstock, NY (engineered by Matt Chiaravelle and Ken Helmlinger. also mixed at Dreamland by Ken Helmlinger and mastered by Grammy nominated Joe Lambert).
“This record is my life’s work. I’ve written many songs, but these are closest to my heart (spanning from age 16 to present) and I feel in my gut that they especially have something to offer the masses. So after years of searching for perfect people to work with, I finally decided to do it myself, my way. And I finally found my sound. But the truth is, it was never missing. I just had trust myself. This is my story. My story is my song.”
Other musicians playing on the record include: Adam Box, Bass, Drums, Guitars, Percussion (Brothers Osborne); Nelson Bragg, Vocals (Brian Wilson Band); Matt Chiaravalle, Guitars, (Warren Zevon, Joe Bonamassa, Josh Joplin); Rob Clores, Piano (Black Crowes, Tom Jones); Smith Curry, Pedal Steel (Jason Aldean, Billy Currington, Kelsie Ballerini); Dave Eggar, Cello (Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Tony Bennett, Beyoncé); Jason Graumlich, Guitars (Brothers Osborne); Rick Huckaby, Guitars and Featured Vocal Guest Artist (Tracy Lawrence, Rhett Atkins, Thomas Rhett); Billy Justineau, Piano and Organ (Brothers Orsborne, Eric Church, Tenille Townes); Rich Mercurio, Drums (Sara Bareilles, Indina Menzel, Little Steven); Jerry Marotta, Bass and Drums (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oats, Indigo Girls, Orleans); Peter Sternberg, Bass (Brothers Orsborne, Phil Vassar) and Ford Thurston, Guitars (Randy Houser, Paul Tabachneck).
BEHIND THE SONGS
Guys Like You may be one of the most important songs I’ve ever written. It is an integral part of my story and career — echoing the silent struggle I was frequently faced with as a young female artist trying to succeed in a predominantly male run music industry.
Money was flowing, powerful men were on the prowl and at times it felt like women had little option but to play their game, if you wanted the once-coveted “record deal”. Empty promises, quid pro quo was where it was at. If you chose the high road you were written off.
I didn’t play the game and the price was high. Producers, managers and big deals came and went. Sometimes it was difficult not to lose faith but I persevered and I now credit those experiences for the strong woman I am today.
Now I’m back with my fourth record and I think it’s my best work yet. This time I did it MY WAY, on my own terms. The only deal I made was with myself: To BELIEVE in my own power.
This song is my tribute to all the strong women and survivors that continue to inspire me every day. I hope you enjoy it and rock out a little too!
"She's a tender storyteller who weaves tales of life as a woman finding her path through the experience of what it means to live, love and be loved while being bold and feminine at the same time. Staying true to her moods and close to her roots, Lisa inspires quite effortlessly with a stunning voice that soars and takes you along for the ride."
- Time Out Magazine, New York
"Lisa Gentile shows she's got it. . . On stage Gentile displayed that she's the proud owner of fine original songs . . . "Sweet on You" is as catchy a love ballad as most of the stuff on contemporary country radio these days. And live, Gentile's got plenty of it-factor. She charmed the fans who were crowding into the shade in front of the stage with an easy way."
- The Post Standard, Syracuse, NY
"Lisa Gentile, country singer-songwriter, performs a soul-searing set . . . pop-country aficionado and winner of 2007’s Best Country award, performed a genuine, heartfelt set that featured the airy 'Sweet On You', a tune from her EP '3' (Padre Music). Gentile’s performance also included an impulsive rendition of her tune 'Tell Him How You Like It', a feminine call to arms that describes the methodology women should use to instruct their man in sexual matters.
- The New Times Paper; Syracuse, NY
"A tuneful, toneful singer with a smile as big as her voice."
- The Eagle Newspaper, Syracuse, NY
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- Rambles Cultural Arts Magazine
". . . As a singer, Lisa sneaks up and plants melodies in the listener's head, that stick in the brain hours after hearing them. As a songwriter, she's not afraid to flex her musical muscles and still maintain her femininity."
- CNY Music and Art.com
"A great pop artist from New York, who could very well give the likes of Tori Amos and Shania Twain a run for their money. Killer vocals and foot tapping arrangements that hook into you from the first listen."
"This singer/songwriter writes beautiful lyrics that are poetic and swift with a packed punch...Lisa gives her music life through brilliant orchestration. Her music is a form of storytelling following a similar artistic technique used by Billy Joel throughout his body of work. Hearing stories in this controlled medium was an extraordinary aural experience that was like a cup of chicken noodle soup that soothed the soul. Lisa’s talents are equally matched by a superb auxiliary behind her to whisk us away."
- Celebrity Cafe Online Magazine
"The beautiful Lisa Gentile has come up with three songs ('3'-Padre Music) that are decidedly crossover country, on the same trail that Shania blazed, with at least as lovely a voice. By the time you're through with that 2nd song, you'll seriously wonder why you've not heard of Lisa. Perhaps you have. You should. She's super - and luckily not just by voice. The recording of this single is crisp and professionally produced."
- Music Dish E- Journal Online
"Lisa has a strong, classy voice with the songs to match. . . With the current musical climate swinging more to the singer/songwriter, I think that we should be hearing a great deal more from Lisa if this CD "Becoming" (Padre Music) is anything to go by."
- PowerPlay Magazine
"The smooth flowing cowgirl in her will lasso your soul in rapture."