Hometown: Venice, Italy - New York, NY, USA
Web site: http://www.giadavalenti.com
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Italy’s Voice Of Love
Singer and songwriter Giada Valenti is recognized for her special voice and great stage presence. In the United States she is often compared with Peggy Lee, Diana Krall, Connie Francis and Norah Jones. But in Italy they say she sounds like Mina and Ornella Vanoni.
With her October 2008 release, And I Love You So (Perla Entertainment), Giada plans to bring her sophisticated music and European style to music fans worldwide. And I Love You So features Giada’s interpretations of such songs as “La Vie En Rose”, “It’s Impossible”, and “Grande Grande Grande”.
Born and raised in Venice, Italy, Giada Valenti started to sing and play piano at the age of seven. She began touring professionally with a band by age twelve. She studied piano and music theory at the Santa Cecilia music school in Venice and got her music degree at the G. Tartini in Trieste. She also studied jazz with American singer Dawn Mitchell.
Giada moved to New York in 2004, after her music got serious interest from a major record label. In December 2005, Giada’s self-released CD Italian Signorina was launched in the USA to great reviews. Italian Signorina featured the song “Caruso” that Giada performed on the red carpet at the Columbus Day Parade in 2005, 2006, and 2007 in New York City. Giada will perform a songs of her new CD “And I Love You So” at the 2008 edition of this parade, and will be featured on WNBC 4 New York. Figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi used Giada’s music in an ice show performance broadcast on NBC.
Producer Sonny Grosso and musical director Phil Ramone selected Giada for a role in the Broadway musical Be My Love, based on the life story of tenor Mario Lanza.
Since her arrival in New York, Giada has attracted a fast-growing fan base. She performs regularly in theatres, clubs, casino hotels, and festivals throughout the U.S., and is a frequent guest on radio shows in the tri-state area.
Over the past two years, Giada also performed her own original shows La Dolce Vita Swings and Moonlight & Romance, in sold out-theatres in New York. During these shows, she takes her audience on a journey across the Atlantic, singing the most beautiful Italian and American love songs. She has brought these concerts to Europe and to other cities in the United States.
In June 2007 Giada made her the debut at the premiere cabaret room in the U.S.: Feinstein’s at the Regency in New York City. With her show Tribute To The European Divas, featuring the music of such great female singers as Edith Piaf and Dusty Springfield, she has become a regular performer at this prestigious venue. Giada returns to Feinstein’s on November 10, 2008. Giada will also be touring throughout the New York City area in support of And I Love You So.
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