Performing at “Vets Rock: A Salute to Our Veterans” at the Brookhaven Amphitheatre

On September 18th, I performed at the Vets Rock concert event at the Brookhaven Amphitheatre on Long Island, with proceeds benefiting the Vets Rock organization to help veterans in need.

Produced by JVC Radio Broadcasting’s country music station, My Country 96.1 FM, the Vets Rock concert was an all-day outdoor country music festival that boasted a turnout of 7,000 Long Island country music fans! Vets Rock turned out to be even bigger than last July’s Freedom Fest on Long Island. If this large turnout isn’t a sign that country music is taking root on Long Island, I don’t know what is!

The show began at 1PM and went until 9PM that night, with platinum selling country artist Eric Church as the concert’s headlining act. Other popular country artists who performed included: Thompson Square and The Jane Dear Girls.

I opened the show with the National Anthem, after being escorted to the stage by a local American Legion Post motorcycle group on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. I returned to the stage once again, later in the show, to do my 35 minute set. I sang 9 songs, both from the Me Time EP and from my upcoming LP, Sunrise Highway. Amazingly, there were audience members singing along with me to “Me Time,” “Sunrise Highway” and “I Don’t Feel Anything.” I have My Country 96.1 to thank for supporting my music and giving me the airplay that has allowed people to become so familiar with my music. I also want to thank the musicians I worked with on stage: Tony Bruno, Bobby Guy, Jules Radino, Simi Stone, Greg Smith, Colin Smith and Mike Dimeo. I am blessed to get to work with such a talented and accomplished group of musicians.

After the main part of my set, I read a poem written by a Vietnam Veteran named Walter Mooney. The poem was a poignant piece that expresses what freedom means from the point of view of a veteran who has fought for our freedoms. I then performed a song called “We’re All The Same,” written by songwriter Sheira Brayer who was in the audience. The Broadway Youth Ensemble, a group of young professional Broadway performers, sang backup for me and provided the harmonies during this song. “We’re All The Same” is a great patriotic song with a profound message: if danger came to our world there would be no racism, no prejudice… we would stand together as brothers and sisters and learn to love one another.

Country music has a way of bringing people together. I saw fans in the crowd line dancing together, socializing with one another, and the concert was truly a family affair with a lot of children in the crowd. You can feel a warm camaraderie between country music fans that you don’t always see at other types of concerts.

After my set I signed autographs for over an hour, signing everything from “Me Time”    T-shirts to boots, hats, posters and pictures. Fans of all ages, from little kids to Veterans in their 60s and 70s were lined up for autographs.

Performed For a Packed House on June 25th @ The Boulton Center in Bayshore, New York

Last night I had the privilege of performing for a packed house of about 250 country music fans right here in my hometown of Long Island, at The Boulton Center for the Performing Arts in Bayshore, New York.

What a magical night! Long Island-based comedienne Tina Giorgi opened for me and she did a fabulous job warming up the audience. Tina’s set lasted about 40 minutes and she had the crowd (including me, backstage) roaring with laughter.

My band was great, as always. Their musicianship is second to none. I am blessed to have such talented people around me. We had people dancing in the aisles during the concert. When I started to sing the first few chords of my single, “Me Time,” people started clapping, and some people in the audience were singing out loud with the song. So surreal!

When I got a standing ovation at the end of the night I was humbled, and I cannot remember the last time I felt as exhilarated as I did at this Boulton Center performance. Moments like that truly do not come very often in life, and I appreciate all of my fans.

Before the show ended I said to the crowd, “I’d love to be able to speak to each of you personally, and to thank you for your support.” About 100 people stayed after the show and shook my hand, and I signed autographs. Two little girls had my t-shirt on and asked me to sign them. What’s so amazing is that my growing fan-base consists of both men and women, and people of all ages. I have fans who are 10 and fans who are 70! I think that’s the power of country music; it doesn’t exclude anyone.

Most importantly, the Breathe Believe Foundation was there as well, and their founder, Angela Ruggeri, got up and said a few words about Cystic Fibrosis research. A portion of the proceeds from my Boulton Center concert went to the Breathe Believe Foundation.

Just Performed LIVE On-air @ Fox 5 News in New York

Just performed LIVE on the air on Fox 5 News in New York! I was introduced by Fox 5 News reporter Lauren Green as “Long Island’s First Country Recording Artist.” What began as an interview about my music career quickly became a request for a live in-studio acoustic performance. I performed two songs from the Me Time EP (the title track, Me Time, and “Wouldn’t You Like To Know”), accompanied by the talented musician, Colin Smith.

After my segment was finished I gave Lauren a “Me Time” T-shirt, which she loved :). Thank you to Fox 5 News and to Fox News reporter, Lauren Green, for a great interview and segment!

Have a look at mine and Colin’s impromptu live performance on Fox 5 News in New York:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UNgWTlK2mpw