Attending a Benefit to Raise Money and Awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

Last night I attended the 4th annual Sound Success For ALS benefit show on Long Island. There were lots of great performances throughout the evening. Folk music legend Maura Kennedy performed a set which was then followed up by The Roast Beef Curtains, who switched it up with their hybrid of reggae and rock music. The 3rd act was Nelson Klondike who played some classic rock for the crowd. The lead vocalist for Klondike is Lex Marchesi who was lead vocalist for the 1970s group, Fotomaker. This newly assembled group actually made their live debut at Sound Success For ALS, which was pretty cool, and I know the feeling!

Finally, I made my way to the stage to share some encouraging words in the fight to find effective treatments and (hopefully) a cure for ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Having lost a family member to ALS, I am personally aware of the devastating effects of this debilitating disease. For this reason, ALS fundraisers are so incredibly important!

We gifted everyone at the ALS benefit with copies of my new EP Me Time and I stayed to chat with all of the guests, autographing everyone’s Me Time CD and posing for pictures.

There were some other appearances made by Ms. Senior America, Gayle King and TV host and creator of the show Livin It Up, Donna Drake. The Cryers, a classic rock band out of New Jersey, performed their set towards the end of the evening to wind everyone down, and Shannon and her all-star band closed the show. From what I heard, Shannon is famous as the world’s greatest Beatles artist. She is also an accomplished musician with over 1,000 songs written. Her all-star band included drummer Steve Holley from the band Wings; drummer Jon Ehle from Stories; Pete Santora from Beatlemania; and guitarists Bobby Lame, Lou Pucci and Jimmy Mack. The evening also included Grammy winning recording engineer, Dennis Ferrante.

All in all it was a great time and the event proceeds were donated to SUNY Stony Brook University’s Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence. I want to thank Mick Du Russel (The Showbiz Wizard 🙂 ), editor of SpotOnLI.com, for inviting me to this event. Keep up the great work Mick! xo

Long Island’s Anton News Celebrated with Me on the Red Carpet!

Long Island’s Anton News wrote up a lovely recap of my March 31st music video premiere and album release event for my new EP, Me Time. Journalist Karen Gellender attended my event on Long Island, New York, and later that week we caught up again and chatted about the evening’s festivities.

I love how Karen wrote that we “brought a lot of Hollywood-style glamour to Long Island.” That was fun to read :). And she went on to write, “[it] may have looked more like a Los Angeles scene than a windy night in Plainview, but when the singer posed on the red carpet with her children, it was clear this was still the story of a local mom achieving her dream.”

We spoke quite a bit about all of my future plans for touring and recording more music, and all in all, the article is a really great read! Thanks again Karen for another great story!!

Performing At WJVC My Country 96.1 FM Radio Station

I had a great time performing for everyone down at WJVC My Country 96.1 FM! I sang “unplugged” acoustic versions of my singles Me Time, I Don’t Feel Anything and Wouldn’t You Like To Know for a packed conference room of radio execs – nerve wracking but amazing at the same time. It’s incredible that WJVC launched Long Island’s first country music radio station right when I was launching my country album, Me Time. This is definitely meant to be! I had two amazing musicians, Colin Smith and Brian Gabriel playing in the room with me.

As we were performing, more and more people from the radio station packed into the conference room and it was standing room only!!  After singing my heart out I signed pictures for everyone at WJVC and did an on-camera interview with WJVC My Country 96.1 FM radio personality Phathead, who has been so sweet and supportive of my music career. Our interview later aired on Fios News 1 on Fios cable’s channel 1.

 

Long Island Country Singer Lisa Matassa on Newsday.com

Video journalist TC McCarthy from Newsday came down to Cove City Sound Studios, on Long Island today to interview me for a Newsday.com feature segment. TC shot an incredible piece with me and my producer Bobby “Guy” Graziose doing some recording and re-mixing for my song “Kiss Me Quiet,” which will be on my new EP, Me Time. During the Newsday interview I was asked about creating my own sub-genre of music called Long Island Country. After playing back some tracks in the studio for the Newsday reporter I think I made him a country fan!! Long Island Country music is poised to take over the New York music scene :)!

Thanks TC for the great Newsday interview and video segment!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhoXPHM1Y94&feature=share&list=UUV28ZLWseWvI5LJaxn4bJlw