Italian Singer Giada Valenti is currently featured on PBS with her music special From Vanice With Love
Since December 2015 it has been aired 243 by 68 PBS stations around the country. Also in Rhode Island it was broadcast several times last December and January. New airing dates are coming in every day. It's likely the special will aired again 200+ times with the PBS pledge drive in March.
These broadcats on PBS promote a tour of 20 dates that is scheduled for this spring, starting April 2 at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA. Giada will do a concert, April 21 at the VETS in Providence. I invite you to come see this performance.
Starting March 4th Giada's new CD and DVD will also be available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, CDBaby, iTunes and many more places. This release might be a consideration for you to feature her in The Rhode Island Echo. Besides having filmed and recorded really great interpretations of hits from the 60's, 70's and the 80's, she has a compelling story to tell.
Giada came nine years ago to the United States when a major record label showed serious interest in her music and her special voice quality. She came to the United States with the dream to bring the romance of her Venice with music to the United States. But this dream got terrible distupted when she got sick which almost cost her life. Then in 2012 doctors finally found out why she was fainting on almost daily basis. She had major surgery where three tumors were removed from her pancreas. She fought back and got completely healthy again. She is working hard at the moment to get her career back on track. She did more then 20 showcases in small room above a restaurant in NYC that she could use for free from a friend, and invited people that might be able to help her. Her hard work is rewarded with this stunning PBS Special and a first national tour.
Giada Valenti is an independent artist who was able to convince people like Mr Joe Grano, lead investor of the Broadway hit Jersey Boys, and Barry Habib, lead investor of the Broadway hit Rock of Ages to help her with funding for her project.
Despite the limited budget she was able to surround herself with award winning professionals like arranger Chris Walden (Andrea Bocelli, Micheal Buble, Barbra Streisand, Rihanna), arranger Larry Gold (Pink, Jonh Legend, Aretha Franklin), multi-Grammy Award-winning music producer Gregg Field (Monica Mancini, Gloria Estefan, Arturo Sandoval, Barbra Streisand), director Alex Colletti (PBS special Josh Groban, MTV Movie Awards), set designer Tom Lenz (Ellen Degeneres Show in NYC, Last Comic Standing, The Talk) and lighting designer Chris Landy ("Late Night with Jimmy Fallon", and a Great Performances Annie Lennox special for PBS).
One of the things that helped her with the stress that comes with a project that looked for many impossible to pull off, was practicing Transcendental Meditation. When she was released for the hospital in 2012 she felt life gave her a second chance and she was looking for ways to improve herself. She learned Transcendental Meditation at the David Lynch Foundation, where she heard that many other singers and entertainers like Sting, Katie Perry, Jerry Seinfield are also practicing TM.
Giada, who sings and speaks in five languages, takes on her CD and DVD her audience on a romantic and magical journey as she performs her own interpretations love songs originally made famous by The Crapenters, Rosemary Clooney, The Beatles, The Doors, Christina Perri, The BeeGees, Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield, Roberta Flack, Bread, Domenico Modugno and many more. Born and raised in Venice, Giada has always been influenced by her hometown, bringing its magic and passion to her musical style.
Giada's voice and spirit touches the heart of her audience as she performs songs from multiple genres, from the haunting ballad "La Vie En Rose" to the rock classic "Light My Fire". A natural story-teller, Giada shares anecdotes and personal tales from her past, creating a genuine connection with her audience.
Giada is passionate about Venice, and writes every week funfact about her hometown on Facebook and Twitter. She also writes weekly about Venice in the Huffington Post.
Giada Valenti started to sing and play piano at the age of seven and began touring professionally with a band by age twelve. She studied piano and music theory at the Santa Cecilia music school in Venice and received her music degree at the G. Tartini in Trieste. She also studied jazz with American singer Dawn Mitchell.
In Italy she has won several important music awards including the prestigious La Grande Occasione and Festivla di Castrocaro. While she was studying psychology at the University of Padova, she met the love of her life and moved to The Netherlands. She participated in the song contest San Remo New Talents in the World, held annually for Italians living abroad and won with her pop ballad "Solo Con Te" ("Only With You"). This led her to a record contract with BMG Ariola in Europe and several hits on the charts, as well as the use of her music in radio and television commercials.
In 2004 she moved to the U.S. and her self-released CD "Italian Signorina" was launched to great reviews in December 2005. It featured the song "Caruso" that she performed on the red carpet at the New York City Columbus Day Parage in 2005, 2006, and 2007; she has been featured in the parade every year since.
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. In 2008 iTunes selected her version of the song "Caruso" as one of the 50 best songs in the Italian language. In 2005 and 2006, she performed her own original shows "La Dolce Vita Swings" and "Moonlight and Romance" in sold-out theaters in new York. In June 2007 she made her debut at Feinstein's at the Regency Hotel in New York City. With her show "Tribute To The European Divas," featuring the music of such great female singers as edith Piaf, Dusty Springfield, Shirley Bassey, Mina and Ornella Vanoni, she became a regular performer at this prestigious venue until its closing in 2012. In 2009 she made her debut in Atlantic City at the Hilton Casino Hotel with her show "Tribute To Love".