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There is no selfie, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or TiktTok trend that could ever capture the "authentic self" everyone seems to be after these days. If you want to know who I am, just listen to my music. Don't stalk my Instagram.
Gentile's Post-genre Country Pop music is more than a collection of catchy love songs. These songs are little anthems meant to stand the test of time with powerhouse vocals that deliver crafted lyrics packed with gems of hope, and inspiration. When you listen to Lisa, you can tell she cares about the listener as much as she does herself.
Her new album “Start Flying” (releasing mid 2021) is taking off with three new singles released so far: Guys Like You, I Thought The Rain Would End and Sweet on You.
“I’ve written many songs, but these are closest to my heart and I feel like there truly is a song for everyone on this record. I’ve had my fair share of struggles and had to make some hard choices and sacrifices and I write about them. Even when they are sad songs, I will find that silver lining and sneak it in there somewhere, because just like life, there is always a silver lining if you look hard enough.”
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. 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.
Her journey as a performer began as many little girl singers often do, as the lead role in Annie and starring in other various local productions. It wasn’t until 8 years old when her family uprooted from Syracuse, NY to Manhattan so she could pursue a career in entertainment that the ball really started rolling. Soon she was starring in national commercials, TV specials and various stage and musical productions.
While attending the prestigious High School of the Performing Arts as a Drama major she was also writing and studying music in her spare time. Lisa studied voice under renowned vocal coach Carlo Menotti, whose students included Judy Garland and Tony Bennett, and was mentored and coached by Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award winner Liza Minnelli. At 16 she started producing her own songs with her father and made her first studio recording Just When I Thought the Rain Would End, which has been re-mastered and one of the tracks on “Start Flying”. The original song opened many doors for Lisa, including performing two of her original songs on the popular network television competition Star Search, which was a rarely done.
While most of her fellow high school graduates dove straight into the industry Lisa longed for just the opposite – a life away from the world she had grown up in, away from the city and show business, and where she should finally get a formal music education. She decided to go back to her roots and spent her first semester at The Crouse Conservatory of Music at Syracuse University, but after being diagnosed with severe dyslexia she new she needed a smaller more intimate learning environment and transferred to Bard College in Annandale on the Hudson, NY. There Lisa formed a band with Rory Makem of The Makem Brothers called, Lisa, Lisa and the Country Jam and there her love of Country Music began.
Her first big break came almost immediately after college when discovered at The Bitter End by producer Keith Diamond (Billy Ocean, Mick Jaggar, Sheena Easton). They began working on her first major label record, but it came to a halt when Keith died suddenly of a heart attack. Heartbroken to say the least, that didn't stop her. She finished the songs and took them to producer Dave Greenberg (Patti Rothberg) and released them in her first CD, “Becoming” which sold over 10,000 physical copies from the stages across the country and garnered the attention of NPR and radio stations around the globe. Her follow up EP “Three” had two singles hit number one twice on the MP3 charts alongside John Mayer and in 2006, the LP “A Country Compilation” won on SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Award) for Best Country Record.
“Start Flying” will be her first digital release. All 11 songs are self-written. 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).
“After years of searching for waiting for the right "executives" to think my songs were worthy of recording, I finally decided to produce them myself, my way. I hired my own engineers and co-producers that I knew saw my vision. It wasn’t easy but I finally found my voice and my sound; but the truth is, it was never missing. I just had trust myself. Thus the album title ‘Start Flying’ - sometimes you’ve got to stop trying to please everyone including yourself, jump in and let go. Stop trying. Start Flying.”
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).