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Lisa Gentile is a true artist and performer; a versatile, seasoned vocalist with an eclectic catalog of original songs that gracefully cross the genres of pop, country, rock and soul crafting her one and only signature sound. She’s known for quieting a room upon her first notes and capturing the hearts of audiences with her enchanting stage presence. She writes from the heart and plays from the hip and is often referred to as "the older Taylor Swift”. Her songs are her stories and she’s got the life experience to back them up. A lot of love, a lot of hurt and a whole lot of grace bring a refreshing conviction to her songwriting.
"Start Flying” is the title of Gentile's highly anticipated new album. 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 in his studio the Gilded Palace in Nashville. Lisa finished producing those tracks and added three more original songs to the record at the renowned Dreamland Recording Studios in Woodstock, NY. As a bonus track Lisa included Just When I Thought The Rain Would End; a powerhouse tribute to her late father, and former Motown producer Mickey Gentile who produced the song when she was just 16 years old at the iconic 90's Nola Recording Studios in New York City. The album was mixed at Dreamland Recording Studios by Ken Helmlinger and mastered by Grammy winner Joe Lambert.
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).
STOP trying, start flying
After years of working with producers and labels, I decided to produce myself, my way. I hired people who saw my vision, believed in my mission and in me. It wasn’t easy and the journey was hard. The passing of my father and lifelong producer Mickey Gentile, followed by the isolating effects of COVID-19 and the shutdown of my project for over a year all taught me invaluable lessons and only reinforced the theme of the album and my drive to share it with the world. In the end I finally found my voice and my sound. But the truth is, it was never missing. I just had to trust in myself - thus the album title ‘Start Flying’. Sometimes we must stop trying to please everyone, including ourselves, and just jump into the unknown. - Lisa Gentile
Lisa's love of music and songwriting is homegrown and as they say, "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree". She’s daughter of producer, arranger, songwriter and A&R exec Mickey Gentile (Motown) and recording artist and songwriter Jennifer Lambert (Decca). Together they formed a super songwriting duo contracted by Screen Gems-Columbia Music and many legendary artists including Marvin Gaye and Frank Sinatra sang their songs. Lisa inherited all their collective traits and started singing at 6, songwriting at 11 and co-writing with her parents at 13. By 15 she was recording her original songs and doing voiceover work, jingles and background vocals in professional studios all over New York City. Soon she was starring in national commercials, TV specials and various stage and musical productions.
While attending the 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 She had the honor of being mentored as a child by her hero the legendary 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.
In the studio and on the stage, Lisa's has worked with award winning producers and musicians. 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) on 2007 for Best Country Record.
Robbie Robertson, the head of Music Supervision for DreamWorks Films at the time, also took interest in Lisa after hearing a work-tape of her song "Shine" that was inspired by her grandmother. She was asked to fly to Los Angeles to record a demo to be considered for the theme song for the movie "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" alongside Sarah McLachlan, Bryan Adams and others. Bryan Adams got he spot, but it lead to a production deal which got shelved.
Lisa is not afraid to speak up about her #metoo experiences in the music industry from big name producers and venue owners (that remain nameless by choice) summing it up in her rock forward song Guys Like You strategically released one week before Election Day 2020 and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which secured women's right to vote in the U.S. Constitution.
Lisa has lent her talents to many charities (Stop Homelessness in America, The American Cancer Society, New York State AIDS Ride, The Ronald McDonald House, City At Peace, and The Carol M. Baldwin Foundation for Breast Cancer) but closest to her heart is her own non-for-profit, Music Heals, inspired b y Musicians on Call, but for her hometown of Syracuse, NY. Bringing live music to family healthcare facilities, Lisa also loved producing concerts and events, some of which include: Naked Songwriter Series, featuring artists in the raw. In addition, she is the creator and host of the popular "Music Mavericks" Songwriter Night that has traveled from New York to Nashville and served as a haven to many up and coming artists.
Lifetime Real Women Network, once chose Lisa to be one of 12 standout women representing the network in its ongoing connections with consumers and business partners. The LRW campaign highlighted individual stories of real, "everyday" women, bringing their inspiring and entertaining perspectives to viewers across America.