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BIOGRAPHY

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 and 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 shut down 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 have to 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 and recording artist and songwriter Jennifer Lambert. 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 of 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 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.

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 with DreamWorks Records. After a year of living and writing in L.A. she was shelved and eventually ended up losing the deal due to management complications. 

 

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 continues give back by lending 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, Musicians on Call and The Carol M. Baldwin Foundation for Breast Cancer) but closest to her heart is her own non-for-profit, Music Heals. Music Heals brings live acoustic music to the bedsides of patients and family healthcare facilities, Lisa also produces concerts and events, including the original Naked Songwriter Series, which features 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, chose Lisa to be one of 12 standout women representing the network in its ongoing connections with consumers and business partners. The LRW campaign will highlight the individual stories of real, "everyday" women, bringing their inspiring and entertaining perspectives to viewers across America.

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NEW RELEASES

just when

i thought

the rain

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end

streaming everywhere 11/20/20

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guys

like

you

streaming everywhere now

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start flying

The new album 

2021

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 waiting for the right "executives" to think they were worthy of recording, 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. These songs are my stories. M stories live in my songs. If you want to know who I am listen to my music, don't "stalk" my instagram.”

 

BEHIND THE SONGS

GUYS

LIKE

YOU

MAY BE

THE MOST

IMPORTANT

SoNGs I'VE

EVER

WRITTEN.

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!

 

-Lisa G.

 
 

Press

"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."

- AOR-Europe.com

"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."

- AudioRocket.com

Contact Lisa: lisa@lisagentile.com

Management: Jennifer Lambert jennifer.lambert@gentilelandproductions.com

Booking and PR inquiries: Jordan@hmrlive.com

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