September 2017

LOWER BURRELL'S COLIN AIKINS SPECIAL GUEST AT "GIADA VALENTI : FROM VENICE WITH LOVE"
PERFORMANCE – TRIB'LIVE

What better place to be noticed by a professional Italian singer than through a video of you singing at a restaurant in Italy? 
That's how Lower Burrell's Colin Aikins was discovered by Italian singer Giada Valenti, a Venice native, who saw and heard him performing through a friend's post on Facebook. 
The young tenor's voice inspired Valenti so much she invited him to be her special guest at her "Giada Valenti: From Venice With Love" performance on Sept. 30 at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts in Fox Chapel.

Accompanied by her own band, Valenti is known for taking her audiences on a romantic and magical journey as she performs her own interpretations of hits from the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s, as well as recent songs. 

She sings and speaks in five languages and pays tribute to iconic singers like Karen Carpenter, Edith Piaf, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James, Roberta Flack, Dusty Springfield, Shirley Bassey, Gloria Estefan and Selena Quintanilla. 

Valenti contacted Aikins' mother, Maria Aikins, and invited her son to sing with Valenti. 

"I am so thankful she asked me," says Colin Aikins, 17, a senior at Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School in Oakland. "I have been so excited ever since she asked me to sing with her. I love Italian music, and she is such a famous Italian singer who is known all over the world. This is such a cool thing and a dream come true. I can't believe I am really doing this." 

Aikins and his classmates and teacher were at Zi Caterina in Pompeii, Italy, this summer as members of the Pittsburgh Central Catholic Baginski Scholars. His teacher asked the guitar player if Aikins could sing along, videotaped the performance and posted it on Facebook. 

"He is from a Catholic school, and I am very religious and I like to visit schools and meet young people when I visit a city, so he was a perfect young man to invite to sing with me," says Valenti, who also will visit Central Catholic to meet and sing with the students on Sept. 29. "When I talked with him, he is such a sweet, young guy, and I am so happy to share the stage with him. His voice has such a warm tone. His voice reminds me of Placido Domingo. His body language speaks to me. He is polite and educated and very humble. I had been given these types of opportunities when I was just starting out, and I am grateful for those opportunities and I want to be able to give back." 

The song the two will sing is a surprise, but it will most likely be an Italian classic, says Valenti, who lives in Los Angeles, but has also resided in New York, London and Amsterdam. 

"I have loved living in many places," Valenti says. "That has enriched my life in so many ways. I tell people to follow your dreams and don't be afraid. You will miss the friends you had in one place, but you will meet new friends."

Valenti speaks Italian, Dutch, English, Spanish, French and some German. This will be her fifth concert in Pittsburgh. 
"I love Pittsburgh. This is going to be special. It is nice to be able to give (Colin) this chance. … I hope the experience will stay with him forever," says Valenti, who has a PBS special, which is part of the programming of WQED. 

"He is so excited to sing with someone from Italy," Maria Aikins says. "We can't wait for their performance." 
Colin Aikins continues to be noticed for his talent and commitment to singing. He started singing in eighth grade, practicing in his house when he was home alone, and hopes to attend Julliard School in Manhattan or the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He works with a voice teacher, Maria Spacagna, an associate professor of voice at Carnegie Mellon University in Oakland. He recently sang the national anthem at a Pittsburgh Pirates game. 

He won first place in the high school division of the 2017 Classical Singer Vocal Competition, which is a national event where 400 regional semifinalists qualified to attend. The prize included a scholarship to attend the Salzburg Festival in Austria 

Colin finished second in the American Protégé International Voice Competition and will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York on Dec. 17, where he will be accompanied by fellow Central Catholic student, Tyler Zeik 
Next summer, Colin will take voice lessons from Domingo. 
"Your body is your instrument and you can lose a lot of money if you can't sing," says Colin Aikins, who also is also an athlete. "So I don't scream, and I take care of my voice and my body." 

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-853-5062 or jharrop@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Jharrop_Trib.

March 2017

GIADA VALENTI WILL BE PART OF EATALY'S TIRAMISU FESTIVAL – L'IDEA MAGAZINE

Sunday, March 19 singer Giada Valenti will be part of Eataly’s Tiramisu festival. On the last day of this two week culinary event, celebrating the beloved dessert the Italian songstress will do several cooking demos at the Foodiversita, the “food university” at Eataly NYC Downtown. Together with Italian pastry company Matilde Vicenzi she will share tips and tricks making a delicious tiramisu.

Giada Valenti is currently featured on PBS all over the country with her concert special From Venice With Love. She found a creative way to promote her music, by making appearances on many morning television shows around the country doing cooking demos. The Italian songstress is very passionate about good food. On the morning shows she shares with viewers how to make a great tiramisu, while also talking about her upcoming concerts. For clips of TV appearances of Giada making tiramisu: 
www.giadavalenti.com/tv-appearance

“I always tell people that for making a great tiramisu you need the best ingredients. One of the main ingredients of tiramisu are the Ladyfingers. My favorites are the Ladyfingers of Matilde Vicenzi. These Italian cookies are found almost everywhere in the United States.”


About Giada Valenti


Giada Valenti is an award winning singer and songwriter, born and raised in Venice, Italy. She is known for her stunning television special “From Venice With Love” on PBS, which since its debut in December 2015 has been aired close to 600 times all around the United States. Giada, who sings and speaks in five languages, takes her audience in this television special on her romantic journey performing her own interpretations of hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. But her career started in Europe where she was signed as as a 
young singer with record label Sony BMG and had hits climb directly to the top of the charts. She has received critically acclaimed awards such as the prestigious San Remo Giovanni Talenti Nel Mondo and Festival di Castrocaro. For the past eleven years Giada, currently resident of Los Angeles, has released her CDs “And I Love You So, “Italian Signorina” and “My Lullaby” garnering rave reviews. She has been featured on ABC, CBS, PBS Television and NBC during the special broadcast performing on the Red Carpet of the Columbus Day Parade in New York City. The people of Italy continue their love with Giada, particularly the press who continuously following her career and cover on Italian media and television. In 2010, Giada was honored by the Commission for Social Justice of the Order Sons of Italy in America, and in 2011, has been awarded the Merit of Honor by the Borough President of Queens, NY for Her Outstanding Cultural Contributions To The Italian Community In the United States. In September 2016 she kicked of a 40 city tour around the United States.
www.giadavalenti.com

About Matilde Vicenzi

In 1905, Matilde Vicenzi opened her first pastry shop on the outskirts of Verona (Italy), where she carefully made her cookies and pastries with passion. The small artisan pastry shop grew over the years into a 100+ million company. Today we sacredly preserve Matilde’s recipe book, applying her creations as a current source of inspiration for our sweet foundation. Over 110 years, innovation and tradition have remained the fundamental ingredients of our success. And today, as in the past, the “Pasticceria Matilde Vicenzi” brand brings a feminine touch to the patisserie tradition and keeps being the symbol of Italian Fine Pastry all over the world.
www.matildevicenzi.com
About Eataly

Eataly is the largest Italian marketplace in the world, comprising a variety of restaurants, food and beverage counters, bakery, retail items, and a cooking school. Eataly was founded by Oscar Farinetti, an entrepreneur, formerly involved in the consumer electronics business, and collaborates with Slow Food. In the United States it has stores in New York City, Boston, Chicago and soon in Los Angeles
www.eataly.com

March 2017

ITALIAN SONGSTRESS LIVE IN THE STUDIO OF PBS39 – MARCH 13 – THE VALLEY LEDGER

Monday, March 13 at 7pm Italian singer Giada Valenti will be live in the studio of PBS39 in Bethlehem, PA. She will do live interviews in the pledge breaks of the broadcast of her concert special entitled From Venice With Love. The Italian songstress is celebrating the 500th airing of her concert special with this broadcast on PBS39. In her show she takes viewers of PBS38 again on a romantic and magical journey as she performs her own interpretations of American and Italian hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Born and raised in Venice, Giada has always been influenced by her hometown, bringing its magic and passion to her musical style.

GIADA VALENTI: FROM VENICE WITH LOVE is airing again Monday, March 13 at 7:00pm at PBS39, with re-airings on that same week on PBS39 as well as PBS WHYY.

Giada Valenti’s music special is part of the special programming of PBS39 and PBS WHYY. This PBS special also promotes a concert Giada Valenti will do Saturday, June 17 at Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA.

Ten years ago Giada came to the United States with the dream bring the romance of her Venice with music to the United States. But this dream got terrible disrupted when she got sick which even almost cost her life. Then in 2012 doctors finally found out why she was fainting on almost a 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.

​Giada, who sings and speaks in five languages, performs love songs originally made famous by The Carpenters, Rosemary Clooney, The Beatles, The Doors, Christina Perri, The BeeGees, Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield, Roberta Flack, Bread, Domenico Modugno and many more.

​​​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 storyteller, Giada shares anecdotes and personal tales from her past, creating a genuine connection with her audience.
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.

She has received many awards in the U.S. from organizations including the Organization of Italian Charities In America, which named her Woman of the Year (2008), the Commission for Social Justice of the Order Sons of Italy in America for being a good Italian role model (2010), the Merit of Honor by the Borough President of Queens, NY for her outstanding cultural contribution to the Italian community in the USA (2011), the Saint Brigid Parish for her Distinguished Service in Promulgating the Beauty and Value of Italian Culture and Heritage (2012), and the Italian American Labor Council for her Work, Achievements and Life Dedication to Music (2012). Giada is also a nine-time recipient of a grant from the NIAF Sergio Franchi Music Foundation.

Like many Italians, Giada is passionate about food. She loves to experiment in the kitchen herself, but loves it even more to enjoy a good meal with friends in a nice restaurant. She is member of the Accademia Italiana della Cucina, an by the Italian Government recognized cultural organization that checks out Italian restaurants in the World.


Giada expresses the love for hometown Venice and for things Italian by writing almost daily fun facts and special stories on social media. Several of her stories have been shared by the Huffington Post and other popular websites about Italy and luxury life style.

​​Accompanied by a 26-piece orchestra, Giada is costumed in stunning dresses that were specially made for her in Venice. The extraordinary set design, staging and décor feature elements that are typical of Venice. The chandelier, a focal point, is made of 2,000 pieces of Venetian crystal and took nearly 16 hours to assemble.


FROM VENICE WITH LOVE features top-notch production credits including arranger Chris Walden (Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Barbra Streisand, Rihanna), arranger Larry Gold (Pink, John Legend, Aretha Franklin), multi-Grammy Award-winning music producer Gregg Field (Monica Mancini, Gloria Estefan, Arturo Sandoval, Barbra Streisand), television director Alex Coletti (PBS specials for Josh Groban and Celtic Woman, “Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House”) and lighting designer Chris Landy (“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and a GREAT PERFORMANCES Annie Lennox special for PBS).

Born and raised in Venice, Italy 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 Festival 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 Parade in 2005, 2006, and 2007;  she has been featured in the parade every year since.

March 2017

Italian singer Giada Valenti's Bethlehem appearance to promote PBS special, Sellersville Theater shows by John J. Moser
Contact Reporter Of The Morning Call

Italian recording artist Giada Valenti, who has performed on Broadway, will be live in the studios of PBS station WLVT-TV Channel 39 in Bethlehem at 7 p.m. March 13 during the airing of her concert special "From Venice With Love."

Valenti will do live interviews during pledge breaks in the broadcast, which celebrates the 500th airing of her concert special in which she interpretsAmerican and Italian hits from the 1960s, '70s and '80s.
This show also will promote concerts by Valenti at 3 and 8 p.m. June 17 at Sellersville Theater 1894.

Tickets to those shows, at $35 and $50, are available at www.st94.com and 
215-257-5808.
Meet-and-greet opportunities also will be available at that show; call the box office for details.

The television special also will air on WHYY-TV Channel 12, the PBS station serving the Philadelphia area, and will re-air later in the week.

Born and raised in Venice, Valenti won several important music awards including the prestigious La Grande Occasione and Festival di Castrocaro. She won 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"), which 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.

A dozen years ago she came to the United States, but in 2012 had to have major surgery to remove three tumors from her pancreas. 
She performed her song "Caruso" at the New York City Columbus Day Parade in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and has been featured in the parade every year since.

She had a role in the Broadway musical "Be My Love," based on the life of tenor Mario Lanza. In 2008 iTunes selected her version of "Caruso" as one of the 50 best songs in the Italian language.

She since has played regularly at theaters in New York and Atlantic City.

Valenti, who sings and speaks in five languages, performs love songs originally made famous by The Carpenters, Rosemary Clooney, The Beatles, The Doors, Christina Perri, The BeeGees, Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield, Roberta Flack, Bread, Domenico Modugno and more.

In the special, she's accompanied by a 26-piece orchestra. 

September 2016

"Otto” (8) questions with Italian singer Giada Valenti by Playhousesquare

Giada Valenti, an Italian songstress, performs From Venice With Love at the Ohio Theatre on Sunday, September 18 at 8 p.m. In anticipation of her upcoming performance, we had the pleasure of asking Giada a few questions and she so graciously answered.
3. Do you play any other instruments besides the piano?

I’m trying to learn guitar……it’s easy to take a guitar with you when you have an inspiration for a new song…..but no, as of now, I’m far from saying I can play another instrument.

8. What is one thing our readers might not know about you?

They may not know that, like Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres and Hugh Jackman, I practice Transcendental Meditation to keep my life balanced and to relax.
Celebrate the romance and passion of Venice with soulful interpretations of love songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Backed by her own orchestra, Giada performs in a setting that recalls her magical hometown.
4. What is your favorite Italian food?

This is a difficult question. For me, as an Italian, it’s like asking a mother “which one is your favorite child?” I really have a love story with food, but if I have to choose one I probably will say “gnocchi al ragu' home-
made by my Mom. I love good food, the simple home made from scratch. For me good food never has more than 4 ingredients, and a little bit of salt and pepper or sugar. I’m very peculiar with food.

5. Not everyone may know this, but you were handpicked to be cast in the Broadway musical Be My Love based on the life story of tenor Mario Lanza. What are some of your favorite Broadway shows?

Yes, I was honored to be chosen by the producers of the Broadway show: 14 times Grammy Award winner and producer Phil Ramone and movie producer Sonny Grosso. I was playing Marisa Allasio, the Italian actress that co-starred with Mario Lanza in the movie The Seven Hills Of Rome. I loved being part of a group of incredible actors, singers and dancers. My favorite musical would be Chicago, but of course I also love West Side Story andCats. The bass player you see in my PBS special plays with the musical Hamilton. I must say it’s a brilliant production.

6. You’ve worked with some amazing artists over the years. Can you tell us about one of your favorite collaborations?

I’ve been asked this question and every time I could not come up with one, two, or even three names. A few months ago, I asked the same question to legendary arranger Jorge Calandrelli (who has worked with artists like Barbra Streisand, Tony Bannett, Celine Dion just to mention three of the many) and he smiled and gave me an answer that I realized was also mine- “it will be my next one”. I’m always thinking about who I dream to work with, rather than chose from all the wonderful ones I’ve been blessed to work with.

7. How would you explain your sound to someone who is new to your music?

This is a good question. I choose songs that I love. They can be old songs, new songs, pop songs, rock songs, or even country songs. I speak and sing in 5 languages. If I love a song, I sing it and I make it mine. My fans and critics tells me I’m a cross between Celine Dion, Norah Jones and Michael Bubble. Fans say Celine probably because, just like her, I sing about love and I can belt songs. They say Norah Jones because, just like her, I have a unique vibrato and sound where I can whisper softly during beautiful ballads. They say Michael Bubble I guess because just like him I sing songs from different eras and I’m kind of funny on stage.

1. Do you have a favorite track on the new album? 

Actually, all the songs on the new album “From Venice With Love” are close to my heart. I chose songs that had been part of my life. I wroteItalian Signorina and it caught the interest of an American major record label and brought me to the United States. There is also Sway, the iconic Rosemary Clooney song, that my parents danced to in Venice when they met. I always share the funny story of that dance with my audience. There is the very famous song  You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, a song born in Venice just like me. That one is an Italian song written by a Venetian composer Pino Donaggio, who I know very well. So, all the songs are special. During my concerts, those songs become part of a magical experience. I really need to love a song to sing it. A few years ago, I received a wonderful compliment by the famous producer Phil Ramone. After one of my concerts, he said that he had heard the songs so many times, and yet when I sang them it was like he was hearing them for the first time. I think music is like love . You can’t fake it, you have to really feel it or it’s not real.

2. You started playing piano at the age of seven and touring professionally with a band by age twelve. Does music run in your family?

I think I can say that I come from a family of music lovers. I have been listening to music since I was young. I got to spend a lot of time with my maternal grandparents. It was my maternal grandmother, Maria, who discovered my passion for music. She was an incredible and wonderful singer, but just for fun as she had 7 children to take care for. She would sing to me and teach me songs, from operatic to popular Italian and American songs.  She was the one that noticed that I had a talent and the one who encouraged my parents to send me to music school, and to singing lessons. I share some stories during the concert about her, as she was a very very wise lady. Even though she was not in the music business, she knew a lot about it. She really encouraged me to be a singer, but was always there to remind me to stay humble and grateful. I close the show with one of her famous sayings that always leaves my audience with a smile and tear.

April 2016

GIADA VALENTI: FROM VENICE WITH LOVE Celebrating the 350th airing with PBS NJTV broadcast - ITALIA LIVING

Italian Songstress bringing the Romance and Magic of Venice to New Jersey audience Sunday April 3rd.
​​​​FROM VENICE WITH LOVE features top-notch production credits including arranger Chris Walden (Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Barbra Streisand, Rihanna), arranger Larry Gold (Pink, John Legend, Aretha Franklin), multi-Grammy Award-winning music producer Gregg Field​​
(Monica Mancini, Gloria Estefan, Arturo Sandoval, Barbra Streisand), television director Alex Coletti (PBS specials for Josh Groban and Celtic Woman, “Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House”) and lighting designer Chris Landy ("Late
Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and a GREAT PERFORMANCES Annie Lennox special for PBS).

Born and raised in Venice, Italy 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 Festival 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 Parade 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.

​She has received many awards in the U.S. from organizations including the Organization of Italian Charities In America, which named her Woman of the Year (2008), the Commission for Social Justice of the Order Sons of Italy in America for being a good Italian role model (2010), the Merit of Honor by the Borough President of Queens, NY for her outstanding cultural contribution to the Italian community in the USA (2011), the Saint Brigid 
Parish for her Distinguished Service in Promulgating the Beauty and Value of Italian Culture and Heritage (2012), and the Italian American Labor Council for her Work, Achievements and Life Dedication to Music (2012). Giada is also a nine-time recipient of a grant from the NIAF Sergio Franchi Music Foundation.

Like many Italians, Giada is passionate about food. She loves to experiment in the kitchen herself, but loves it even more to enjoy a good meal with friends in a nice restaurant. She is member of the Accademia Italiana della Cucina, an by the Italian Government recognized cultural organization that checks out Italian restaurants in the World.

Giada expresses the love for hometown Venice and for things Italian by writing almost daily fun facts and special stories on social media. Several of her stories have been shared by the Huffington Post and other popular websites about Italy and luxury lifestyle, such as us here at Italia Living.

Sunday, April 3 at 1pm and airing again at 3pm, singer Giada Valenti takes viewers of PBS NJTV again on a romantic and magical journey as she performs her own interpretations of American and Italian hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Born and raised in Venice, Giada has always been influenced by her hometown, bringing its magic and passion to her musical style. This broadcast by NJTV coming Sunday celebrates the 350th airing since the debut of the music special since its debut in December.

Giada Valenti’s music special is part of the pledge programming of NJTV. This PBS special also promotes a concert Giada Valenti will do Tuesday, May 3 at the Count Basie Theatre in Redbank, NJ

Nine years ago Giada came to the United States with the dream bring the romance of her Venice with music to the United States. But this dream got terrible disrupted when she got sick which even almost cost her life. Then in 2012 doctors finally found out why she was fainting on almost a 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.

Giada, who sings and speaks in five languages, performs love songs originally made famous by The Carpenters, Rosemary Clooney, The Beatles, The Doors, Christina Perri, The BeeGees, Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield,
Roberta  Flack, Bread, Domenico Modugno and
many more.


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 storyteller, Giada shares anecdotes and personal tales from her past, creating a genuine connection with her audience.


​Accompanied by a 26-piece orchestra, Giada is costumed in stunning dresses that were specially made for her in Venice. The extraordinary set design, staging and décor feature elements that are typical of Venice. ​The chandelier, a focal point, is made of 2,000 pieces of Venetian crystal and took nearly 16 hours to assemble.
IF (Bread) by Giada Valenti

March 2016

GIADA VALENTI"FROM VENICE WITH LOVE" - THE RHODE ISLAND ECHO

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".

January 2016

A love letter to Venice - LA VOCE

​Ah, Venice. The floating City. The Queen of the Adriatic. A legendary metropolis bustling with life yet held captive by the fickle waters of its famous canals. La Serenissima is both mysterious and romantic. A floating piece of history forever on the verge of disappearing into the sea, Venezia somehow remains a city held aloft by the promise of love.

For singer Giada Valenti, this ancient city, her hometown, is the inspiration, backdrop and guiding light for her biggest artistic endeavor to date. The 39-year-old italian songstress, who has spent more than two decades paying her dues and working her way up through the music business, recently launched a career-defining television special that celebrates love in all its forms through music, storytelling and spectacle.

"From Venice With Love", which began airing on PBS affiliates in December, is a concert special featuring Valenti's unique take on both Italian and American musical hits from the last half-century as well as her own original material. Bedecked in exquisite ball gowns and flanked by a 26-piece orchestra. Valenti shifts seamlessly from Italian-language hits like "E mi innamorerai" and "Volare" to American classics such as Dean Martin's "Sway" and Linda Ronstadt's "Blue Bayou" to modern hits like Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years".

The live concert's genre-spanning playlist was a must for Valenti, who effortlessly transitions form Italian to English, in both song and speech, to bring a new dimension to these cherished hits.

​"I like to sing songs that are close to my heart." Valenti says. "They can be old songs, new songs, pop songs, rock songs, even country songs. When I love them, I make them mine."


Filmed in both Venice and New York City, "From Venice With Love" was a long-gestating labor of love for Valenti. Her previous albums, "My Lullaby" and "I Love You So", introduced her contemporary sound to American audiences and gave her enough industry cache to mount this impressive production, which feels both intimate and autobiographical, a loving glimpse into the music and city she adores.

​"My show, "From Venice With Love," was something I had in my heart for a long time," Valenti says. "Growing up in Venice, I saw love all around. People come to Venice to celebrate love, they got engaged, they get married and they come back woth their family for their anniversaries. That's probably why I'm such a romantic person and I love to sing about love."​

Valenti was determined to enlist the best collaborators to bring her vision of life. She created a wish list of the top arrangers, producers, directors and craftsmen in the business and invited them to a showcase performance so they could hear her sing and get a flavor for her approach.

In the end, some of the biggest names in the business jumped on board. "from Venice With Love" counts among its sterling production team arranger Chris Walden, who has worked with Andrea Bocelli, Barbra Streisand and Rihanna; arranger Larry Gold, who has worked with Pink and John Legend; producer Gregg Field, who wounts Gloria Estefan and Arturo Sandoval as collaborators; and TV dorector Alex Coletti, who has helmed PBS specials for Josh Groban and Celtic Woman.

"I had a dream to make "From Venice With Love" happen, and I knew I needed to have the best people around to make it as beautiful as I had it in mind." Valenti says.

​The final product is lush and handsomely mounted. Valenti's stage even resembles Venice with its prominent archways and a breathtaking chandelier, which was contructed from 2.000 pieces of Venetian crystal and took almost 16 hours to assemble.

​But the true focal point remains Valenti herself, who commands the stage and invites the audience to share in the experience. She spends time in between the handpicked songs telling stories from her life. For "Sway," Valenti shares how the song is special to her because it's the first one her parents ever danced to when they met in Venice.

​"It's a humorous story about how it almost didn't happen," she says. "I think it's a song that'll be in the repertoire for the rest of my life." 
​Her cover of the immortal Edith Piaf  song "La Vie En Rose" transports the audience back to Venice, with a 4-year-old Valenti learning to perform the wistful melody on guitar and sing along. Valenti credits her grandmother, who possessed a beautiful soprano voice, as an inspiration and the woman most responsible for nurturing her talent.​

Although Valenti says she never outright made the decision to be a singer, she was quickly drawn to it as a vocation. "All I wanted to be was happy, and it happened that part of my happiness was music. That was my passion," she says.

She studied music in a Venice conservatory, but as a backup - and to make her parents happy - she also majored in psychology at the University of Padova. "I'm famous in my family for being a dreamer and a risk-taker and very adventurous," Valenti says. "I follow my heart, no matter what."

That romantic spirit whisked her away upon graduation to the Netherlands after falling in love, where she secured a record deal after winning a music contest for Italians living abroad. In 2004, with industry backing and several of her songs charting, Valenti made the move to New York City, where she currently lives part time when she's not residing in her native Venice. After finding success with her self-released album "italian Signorina," Valenti made further inroads with a role in the Broadway musical based on the story of Mario Lanza titled "Be My Love," and as a fixture in the New York area music scene with several sold-out original shows.

With the TV debut of "From Venice With Love," as well as a U.S. music tour that launches in early 2016, Valenti has come full circle. For a spirited dreamer from Venezia, real life is proving to be just as sweet as the perfect love song. "You can say that there is my whole heart and my whole life in this project." Valenti says. "It was my dream, and it's coming true".
 

December 2015

Giada Valenti Announces National U.S. Tour - ITALIA LIVING

Following her critically acclaimed music special on PBS – Celebrate the Romance and Magic of Venice with the Italian Songstress.

Following her stunning and highly anticipated PBS Special, Italian songstress Giada Valenti will do a series of 21 concerts around the United States next year. The tour will kick of at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA on  Saturday April 2, 2016 and ending Sunday, June 12, 2018 at the Fox Theatre in Riverside, CA.

In her show Giada takes her audience on a romantic and magical journey as she performs her own interpretations of American and Italian hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, as well as recent contemporary songs. Born and raised in Venice, Giada has always been influenced by her hometown, bringing its magic and passion to her musical style.

Giada, who sings and speaks in five languages, performs love songs originally made famous by The Carpenters, Rosemary Clooney, The Beatles, The Doors, Christina Perri, The BeeGees, Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield, Roberta Flack, Bread, Domenico Modugno and
many more.

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 storyteller, Giada shares anecdotes and personal tales from her past, creating a genuine connection with her audience.

​Accompanied by her own orchestra, Giada is costumed in stunning dresses that were specially made for her in Venice.

​​The team that worked with her on her television special will also be involved in the creation of her show for the tour.
She will be working again with award winning professionals like arranger Chris Walden (Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Barbra Streisand, Rihanna), arranger Larry Gold (Pink, John Legend, Aretha Franklin), multi-Grammy Award-winning music producer Gregg Field (Monica Mancini, Gloria Estefan, Arturo Sandoval, Barbra Streisand) and lighting designer Chris Landy (“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and a GREAT PERFORMANCES Annie Lennox special for PBS).

Born and raised in Venice, Italy 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 Festival 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 Parade 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.

​She has received many awards in the U.S. from organizations including the Organization of Italian Charities In America, which named her Woman of the Year (2008), the Commission for Social Justice of the Order Sons of Italy in America for being a good Italian role model (2010), the Merit of Honor by the Borough President of Queens, NY for her outstanding cultural contribution to the Italian community in the USA (2011), the Saint Brigid Parish for her Distinguished Service in Promulgating the Beauty and Value of Italian Culture and Heritage (2012), and the Italian American Labor Council for her Work, Achievements and Life Dedication to Music (2012). Giada is also a nine-time recipient of a grant from the NIAF Sergio Franchi Music Foundation.

November 2015

CiaoDC Chats with Giada Valenti on Love, Health and her PBS Music Special, "From Venice with Love."

CIAODC.com (CDC):  Ciao from Washington, DC Giada!  It has been so long since we have chatted and graced with your beautiful voice here in the DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia)!  Last time we worked together was in 2011 at the Taste of Italy.  A lot has happened since then.  Share your journey with us.

GIADA: It is first of all wonderful to be back at Ciao DC. Well life has been like a roller coaster. The last 4 years have been intense and you can say life changing. Soon after our interview in 2011, I was not feeling very well. For a while I was told I was suffering of Hypoglycemia, low blood sugar. But in 2012 I started to faint almost on a daily base. I knew it was something more serious. To make a long story short I was suffering of a rare condition, rare benign tumors on my pancreas called insulinoma. I spent a month in the hospital. Thanks to a miracle and a team of incredible doctors who did some major surgery I had my health back. That month in a hospital has completely changed my life -- In a good way. I came to realize that life is precious.  Health is everything, together with family and friends. And my fans, I called them my Angels, were praying and sending me letters and presents. That experience has enriched my life in so many ways. It has made me realize that our time on earth is limited. I feel blessed to have learned so much from this experience. And when I had my health back I was determined, even more than before, to use my God given talent to bring joy and love around the world. And I’m so happy to say that my hard work as paid me back. Last March I filmed my first television special, titled “From Venice With Love” that will air all around the United States in December.
CDC: When and where can we tune in?  How can we support this project?
 
GIADA: The TV special will be airing in December during their pledge season. I will be touring around the United States in the cities where the television special will be aired. People can help by pledging and supporting their local PBS station and my music. They will be able to support PBS buying my new CD, DVD and concert tickets. And local business can reach out to me and be sponsors of the Concerts in their region.
 
CDC: How does Giada find balance on and off the stage?
 
GIADA: I’m lucky that I love my job. So I’m pretty happy almost always. I always try to see the positive side even of a bad experience. And that works magic.  And I try to eat healthy, to move and go to the gym, and after my health scare I was introduced to Transcendental Meditation. I feel so much more relaxed and balanced.
 
CDC: How do you make your dreams come true?
 
GIADA: Working hard and sharing it with everybody.
 
CDC: How does being Italian help with your passion for life?

 
GIADA: We Italians love to enjoy things like food, family and friends always….we don’t drink a coffee while working….we sit down…..
We don’t eat only because we need to do it…..we eat because we love food….I think we are very passionate people…..and to enjoy life is in our DNA, for sure in mine.
 
CDC: What’s your message for your fans in the DMV (DC, MD, VA)?
 
GIADA: I hope they can always find time to relax. To be stressed is not good. I know that from personal experience. So I hope they will love my music, my PBS special From Venice with Love and they will enjoy my music and spend two hours to relax with their loved ones at my Concerts next year!!! Love is all we need and music is a wonderful way to share emotions with the people we love. I see it always at my concerts. People get closer and they fall in love with love again. Many of my fans got engaged at my Concerts and some even fell in love…..love is really in the air…..

CDC: Your performance at the NIAF (National Italian American) Gala Weekend in honor of their 40th Celebration has had rave reviews! How was your iconic Italian American event?
 
GIADA: NIAF was wonderful and it was such an honor for me to be part of it. I had the opportunity sing the American National Anthem for the first time -- I usually sing the anthem in Italian -- for the NIAF audience on Saturday night. An unforgettable moment that still gives me chills and that has apparently touched so many people, as I’m still receiving compliments about my rendition of it.  It was even recorded with a phone and played on a radio in NYC by a DJ last week. What a moment…..America is really the land of opportunities for those who are willing to take risks and dream big dreams!!! 
 
CDC: Share with CiaoDC the exciting collaboration between Giada Valenti and MPT, “From Venice with Love!”


GIADA: I always loved PBS. I discovered it when I started to spend time in the United States 10 years ago. I used their childrens program to improve my English. Then I discovered their wonderful programing and I started dreaming to bring my music to them.  I knew that would have made possible of me to reach so many people. And here I am now. I signed a deal with the National office of PBS and starting in December the television special “From Venice With Love” will be airing on PBS around the country. It is for sure a dream coming true.  I will also be in the studio at PBS MPT (Maryland Public Television), December 5th. I will be interviewed by two hosts of MPT during the Pledge Drive and tell more details about my upcoming concert May 4th at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore next year.

"Health is everything, together with family and friends. And my fans...I call them my Angels."
-Giada Valenti-
"We Italians love to enjoy things like food, family and friends…we don’t drink a coffee while working…
we sit down…to enjoy life is in our DNA, for sure in mine." -Giada Valenti-

September 2014

Celebrity Spotlight: Singer Songwriter Giada Valenti - ITALIA LIVING

Born and raised in Venice, Italy, singer and songwriter Giada Valenti is recognized for her special voice and great stage presence. Giada is bringing her romantic music and her elegant style to music fans worldwide. She has been selling out in Performing Arts Centers all over the United States, with a show where she takes her audience on a romantic musical journey performing love songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s, combined with several of her own penned songs.

Giada’s new CD is entitled “My Lullaby”. The CD features all Giada Valenti written songs, like “Libera”, “Amore L’Amore”, “Parliamo D’Amore.
Giada’s current live show is entitled “From Venice With Love”. To celebrate ‘The Year of Italian Culture’, she will perform a special concert at Montana Studios in New York on September 22, 2014 at 7pm.
For tickets email: info@perlaentertainment.com
My thoughts on Italy and Being Italian!

I was born in small city outside Venice Italy, called Portogruaro. My mother Carmela is a Venetian, and my father Luigi is from Rome. I grew up in Venice and I spent part of my summers as a child in Rome, while visiting my father’s family. I had a great childhood and I was blessed by having the most wonderful of the family. I’m very close still to my family. The big dinners for Christmas and Easter and the big family gathering for the Birthday celebrations are some of the most beautiful things in the world for me. Even now that I’m far from all of them I feel them with me…I feel their love, their support…I’m glad that I’ve learned the importance of family…alone we are weak, together we are strong! Being together to be strong is a very important Italian thing!

My country of Italy is wonderful. From north to south the landscape is beautiful in its own diversity. I grew up in a town that is near beautiful beaches, but also wonderful mountains. Places like, Bibione, Jesolo, Lignano and Caorle are really popular summer destinations for many tourists and those places are only 20 minutes from my own town. The beaches are very beautiful with creamy sand and even if there are many people around you, you can always find a place that is still quiet, where you can enjoy the wonderful gelato that you can buy on the beach when the ice man arrives with his cart. The boulevards of all those places I have mentioned are very charming and full of life night and day. You find many beautiful shops of elegant clothes and shoes, souvenirs, pizzerias and restaurants, ice salons, and café bars…you can spend your day or your night walking and chilling around, looking at the nice girls and the good looking Italian guys walking up and down the street, doing what we call “la passeggiata”… I can’t tell you how many wonderful nights I have spent in those places having fun with my friends! Having fun, that’s another being Italian thing!

When I was up to something more romantic and quiet I went to Caorle…it’s a very romantic old city, the beach has rocks, and from the beach you can see in the back ground the old colorful fishermen’s houses…it a very beautiful place….google Caorle…you are going to love it! Being romantic, that’s another being Italian thing!
Of course there are also the discothèques (clubs) – many very cool – some are very exclusive and elegant. Guys have to pay good money to get in…for the girls it is free…even if you don’t like to dance it is nice to go…you can see how beautiful the Italians are. As you may know fashion is really important to the Italians…we wear fancy clothes even to go to the bakery! It’s like a drug for us to be well dressed…we all have what I call “the paparazzi syndrome “…you’ll never know who you are going to meet and you need to look at your best! This is why we spend so much on brand clothes and accessories…we consider a car also an accessory…so don’t be surprised to see many Ferrari, Porche, Mercedes and BMW…no we are not all millionaires…we just like to spend our money on fancy things like clothes and cars! That’s another being Italian thing; looking good!

In the winter I was pretty close to the Alps, the mountain that divide Italy from Austria. Only a few hours from my place you can find the very exclusive place to ski called Cortina D’Ampezzo, in the very famous Dolomiti. The village of Cortina is very elegant: you can find great restaurants, shops and hotels. The panorama is breathtaking and the ski facilities are great….well I prefer the beaches but nevertheless Cortina is a wonderful place if you like the mountains and if you what to be at a V.I.P. place!

In August, I would go for the month to my grandparents in Rome. What can I tell you…was I lucky? For sure…. Rome is the most wonderful city in the world. You can find art everywhere. Rome is like an open-air museum; did you know that Rome has 2000 fountains?

Well when you are in Rome you will feel la” Dolce Vita”, the one that Fellini was talking about in his world famous movie. But it is true! There is such a vibe while in Rome…life is really sweet over there and you feel a kind of happiness in your heart! The world seems to go slow, even if everybody is rushing around you.
The Italians are very nice people: they enjoy good food and good wine, family values, clothes, cars, the arts…they are true lovers of life! Go to a small café’ in via Condotti in Rome look around, enjoy your espresso and a small and still warm brioche…you will feel what I call “the joy of life”. Go to the Trevi Fountain at night: you will feel what I call “Golden moments of timeless beauty”. It’s like life is sweeter there…people around you are enjoying the weather always sunny and mild, the great food that you can get everywhere you go, the beauty of the city no matter where you are…and while you hear the city hassle and bustle, with the siren of the police cars driving like crazy, the thousands of scooters around you, and the millions of people…believe me you will feel like life goes slow while in Rome. You will feel so good, Rome will never leave your heart….and you will throw a coin in the Trevi fountain and you will wish to come back soon…everybody does that, Rome will have stolen your heart! I love Rome, there is something that I can’t describe to you…you should go and you will know what I mean! And of course, so will my Venice…there is so much to love in Venice!

Italy, a small country with so much history and culture. The country of good food, healthy food, good weather, sunny weather, of nice people, friendly people! I’m proud of my country, and most of all I’m proud of being Italian, I’m proud of being a “true life lover”…my grandfather Ruggero always said to me…”we are guest in this world…So we should behave, enjoy the hospitality to the very end and be ready to leave without living a mess behind us!”

Un abbraccio, Giada

June 2014

The Passionate Voice Of Giada Valenti - L'IDEA MAGAZINE.COM (Written By: Tiziano Thomas Dossena)

Singer and songwriter Giada Valenti is recognized for her special voice and great stage presence. With her latest CD, My Lullaby, Giada is bringing her sophisticated music and European style to music fans worldwide. 

In the USA, Giada’s talent and contributions to culture has been recognized by several organizations. In October 2008 Giada was named Woman of the Year by the Organization of Italian Charities In America. In February 2010 she was honored by the Commission for Social Justice of the Order Sons of Italy in America for being a good Italian role model. In October of 2011 Giada was awarded the Merit of Honor by the Borough President of Queens, NY for her outstanding cultural contribution to the Italian community in the USA. In April 2012 she was honored by the Saint Brigid Parish for he Distinguished Service in Promulgating the Beauty and Value of Italian Culture and Heritage. In November 2012 she was honored by the Italian American Labor Council for her Work, Achievements and my Life Dedication to Music. Giada is also a seven times recipient of a Grant of the NIAF Sergio Franchi Music Foundation.

Currently Giada Valenti tours with her show Tribute To Love she performed in the years after that in theaters and perfroming arts centers all over the American East Coast. In this show she takes her audience on a romantic journey performing her own renditions of hits of the 60s, 70s, 80s as well as some recent contemporary songs. With her strong personality the Italian singer has become a brand that stands for Romantic Music, Spectacular Shows, Glamour, Elegance and La Dolce Vita. 

L’Idea: Giada, you started in the entertaining world at a very early age. Could you tell us more about that?
Giada Valenti: I started to sing very young, inspired by my grandmother Maria who had the most beautiful soprano voice. As long as I can recall singing and music was my favorite thing to do. It was actually my grandmother that noticed talent and my passion for music, and suggested to my parents to make me join the Conservatory Santa Cecilia in Venice for music theory and classical piano. I could write music and notes even before I could write letters.
I started then to do vocal competitions as a child and to sing with local musicians. At theage of 13 I was touring Italy with a popular folk band and singing in a very popular piano bar. I loved it. I always say that I have never made the decision to become a singer, I just was singing all the time and that become my job. I think it was destiny!!

L’Idea: You had a role in the Broadway musical “Be My Love,” which is based on the life of Italian American tenor Mario Lanza. Could you tell us about the role, how you got there and how rewarding was the experience?
Giada Valenti:
 That was a unique experience. Movie producer Sonny Grosso and the musical director, legendary and fourteen times Grammy Award winner producer Phil Ramone offered me the role. In the musical I had the role of Italian Actress Marisa Allasio, who played in the movie “The Seven Hills of Rome” with Mario Lanza. My role was a funny role I enjoyed to play. Mario Lanza was a man who loved women. The only one he didn’t care much was Marisa Allasio. He thought he was going to Rome to film a movie with Brigitte Bardot. He had not understood that he was doing the movie with the “Italian Brigitte Bardot”. So in my role I was all the time frustrated trying to charm Mario Lanza. I had to speak with a very think Italian accent. That was also funny that the director asked me to speak more like an Italian!! That was cute!! It was an unbelievable experience to share the stage with some incredible actors and to work with two legends like Phil Ramone and Sonny Grosso. They both ended up becoming dear friends and supporters of my talent.

L’Idea: Your version of the song “Caruso,” a song that you also sang at many Columbus Day parades through the years, was chosen by iTunes as one of the 50 best songs in the Italian language. It is a great honor, since that song was also recorded by Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli! Is “Caruso” almost a theme song for you? Did you have the chance to meet or talk to the composer Lucio Dalla?
Giada Valenti:
 I love that song. I gave the song a different sound. I sing it like I feel it. It is more intimate and with a soft jazz vibe. It was actually also the first song I sang for Phil Ramone for my role in the BE MY LOVE Musical. I will never forget it. I was so nervous. After all, Phil was a dear friend of Maestro Luciano Pavarotti and had produced all the Pavarotti and Friends with him. But I will never forget Phil coming to me and saying that I had touched his heart. That was a magic moment I will never forget. I met briefly Lucio Dalla in The Netherlands, but I really did not get to talk a lot with him. I loved him. He was an incredible human being and musician. Like all the great artists, I think you need to have great heart to be able to make people fall in love for your work. My grandmother always used to say to me “People will love your music but they will fall in love with your heart”. I think she was right.

L’Idea: Italian TV channels have offered various one hour programs on your achievements, real life documentaries that reflect the deep admiration they have for you in your “terra madre.” Do you have any programs to appear again on Italian TV soon? How did you feel about seeing you portrayed as a great star in your own country? Do you have any plans to participate to the Festival of Sanremo?
Giada Valenti:
 It is always very special to be guest of radio and television program in my own Italy. The thing I love the most is that I can inspire young people from my country to follow their dreams, to go where the opportunities are or where they think they can realize their dreams; it is scary and it isn’t easy, but if you don’t take a risk nothing will ever happen, and as far as we know we live only one life, so let’s go for it and live it at the fullest. Hard work, sacrifice and passion: that’s what I always try to communicate to young people. Those are the key of a happy life in my experience!! I love a quote of John Lennon that basically has always being my way of seeing life “When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” And my parents told me the same….that has being a blessing for me. About the Festival of  San Remo, I would love to sing on that stage for sure, one day.

L’Idea: In your biography, the list of honors never seems to end. Could you tell us about a few of them and what they really meant to you?
Giada Valenti: 
I got indeed so many of them is such a short time of career here in the USA. I’m so honored and grateful for each and every one of them; they are all so very special, from the big ones to the small ones. I keep them in my studio, on top of my piano, and some on the wall and I often look at them as an inspiration.  They are often also a boost of confidence in the difficult days, in the nostalgic days when I miss my family back in Italy or when I wonder if I’m doing things right. Often I look at them and I wonder if I really already deserve all of them, as I’m only in the beginning, as far as I’m concerned.…but as I always say when they give me an award…”I humbly accept it as an incentive to strive to be even better; to be even a better role model for the young people, a better promoter of great music and of the Italian heritage”.
They make me proud of my work and they inspire me to be better, to work even harder.

L’Idea: You have been seven times the recipient of a grant by the NIAF Sergio Franchi Music Foundation. What were the grants for?
Giada Valenti: 
The grant was for keeping developing my craft. This year I will be receiving the scholarship of NIAF Sergio Franchi Music Foundation for the 8th time on August 23, during the 20th Sergio Franchi Memorial Concert. It is an honor to be part of this event for eight years in a row and share the stage and the scholarship with some incredible talents, from the USA and the rest of the world. Mrs. Eva Franchi, who organizes this event, is a precious friend, a woman that I admire and love dearly, and to be recognized every year by her and get her support it’s a great honor; I feel blessed.

L’Idea: What are your next engagements?
Giada Valenti:
 I’ve been walking around for a while with the dream to film a television special for PBS. I had to take a break two year ago from my dream, after I was very sick and almost lost my life due to a very rare illness. Now that I have my health back and a second chance in life, it looks like things are finally happening for me: we will be filming my television special “From Venice With Love”. The concert will be filmed here in the USA and part of special will be also filmed in my own Venice. This will be a dream coming true I have worked so hard for. It will allow me to bring my music to a broader audience in the USA and then the rest of the world. I’m just working on finalizing all the deals and the details. It will be a major project with so much to to do, but it will be spectacular; I will bring my own Venice to the world with my music.
And of course I’m so looking forward to my next Concert of my show “From Venice with Love” on June 25th, at 7PM at the famous club in Manhattan “54 Below”. It is always magic to perform in NYC. For all the details of my schedule and news, people can join my mailing list on my official page www.giadavalenti.com. So they can stay in contact with me and know all my musical news.

L’Idea: I believe you stand for Romantic music, elegance, Italian beauty and spectacular shows, but where do you see yourself ten years from now?
Giada Valenti:
 I see myself still so happy and healthy, doing what I love so much now, performing and traveling the world. Singing in bigger stages for millions of people. Making them happy and sharing with them magic moments with me and with the people they love. I want to promote with my music love and peace, inspire young people to follow their dreams and not to be afraid of taking risks. I want to be a role model for women all around the world. It is wonderful to be a woman, to be romantic and to believe in dreams and in love. It is a man’s world, but without women there will be nothing!! I see myself also sharing my life with young people, maybe with a book. I’m asked often to be guest speaker of special events and share my life story. I love to do even more of that!! Oh yes and I want to buy a penthouse in Manhattan with a view on the Empire State Building. I love that!! And I want my parents to move to NYC with me.I miss them and love them so much.

L’Idea: How would you describe your singing style? Was Jazz a major influence in your singing?
Giada Valenti: I started as a classical trained singer, as my grandmother loved opera. It was a great way to learn the basic of singing and the breathing techniques. But I was a free spirit even when I was a child, and I loved to improvise and to create. That’s not done in the classical world. So I started to take lessons for jazz music. I loved it. Later I discovered also rock music; Pat Benatar and songwriters like Joni Mitchell. I also loved since I was a child Edith Piaff, she has been one of my inspirations. But I adore the voice of Barbra Streisand and Michael Bolton. I’ve been listening to so many different genres of music. I love the Italian ‘cantautori’, songwriters: Claudio Baglioni, Gino Paoli, Riccardo Cocciante, Renato Zero; and of course Italian singers, like Mina, Ornella Vanoni, Fiorella Mannoia. I will say that my major influence has been my curiosity for music in general. In my concerts I sing songs that I love, and those go from the Carpenters, to the Beatles and the Doors. From Etta James, Roberta Flack to Bruno Mars. I sing in Italian, English, French and Spanish. I speak five languages and I have learned them for love or for music.  I’m a passionate spirit and I love well-written songs. It doesn’t matter who sang them and what genre they are. If I love them, I make them mine.
Great Grammy Award winning producer Gregg Field sent me a few months ago a precious note after attending one of my Concerts. He said “I knew almost all the songs, but I heard them tonight for the first time”. That is such a great compliment for me, especially coming from a man who has played with Ella Filtzerald and worked with the best artists in the world, from Bocelli to Barbra Streisand.

L’Idea: Do you feel being Italian had any influence on your singing career? Do you believe your nationality had an impact on your singing style and on the high emotional level of the singing, for which you are known?
Giada Valenti:
 For sure. Being Italian has for sure made me a hopelessly romantic, a sensitive person, a person who loves emotions and that likes to show them on and off stage. I’m passionate about life, family, love, friends, music, fashion, art. I open my heart to my audience and what I get back from them is magic. There is a connection with my audience every time I perform…..they love me and I adore them. I’m so grateful for their love and support. I call them my Angels. They are the wind behind my wings. All I do in my life is moved by emotions, love and passion… I sing with my heart. I give it my all. I think that’s for sure an Italian thing; or at least a thing I have inherited it from my Italian family.

L’Idea: You have won several important music awards and competitions, such as the Festival di Castrocaro. Could you name them for our readers? Which one you feel gave you the biggest psychological boost and why?
Giada Valenti
There are so many to mention them all. I can say that the one that changed the course of my life has been “San Remo Giovani Talenti nel Mondo”. It was a European competition for Italian artists living abroad. I participate in the category singer-songwriters with my own song “Solo Con Te,” representing The Netherlands, as I had just moved there. To win that has opened the door for me to a major record deal with BMG in The Netherlands. I recorded my fist CD, a collection of my own written songs, and started my career in Europe.  After that I started to write also in England. I moved to London where I signed a publishing deal, and via England I landed to NYC, where decided to stay. I will say that winning that Festival was a very special moment that shaped my life.

L’Idea: You wore born in Venice and grew up there, but you also lived for a while in The Netherlands. What  brought there and how was your life in that period?
Giada Valenti:
 Well the Netherlands is a country that I love. I moved there to follow my heart!! That was the first country to believe in my music, to give me a chance. They love Italian music there. My first single, LIBERA, was on high rotation on two major national radio stations for 6 months. The Netherlands was also the first country that believed in the talent of Andrea Bocelli. Living in Amsterdam was a great enrichment after living in Venice. They are a very liberal country. They respect diversity and they embrace other cultures. At the time, I was singing and traveling quiet a lot, doing radio and television interviews; I learned Dutch for that. I think that if you want to understand a country and their traditions you need to learn their language and communicate like they do. Music, like love, doesn’t need words to communicate emotions, but to connect with people you need to communicate in their own language. That is at least my experience.

L’Idea: How did you end up moving to USA?
Giada Valenti
: While I was living in London, I was sent by my publisher to write songs in Denmark. There I started to write with several great songwriters, and with two of them I became very good friend. They loved my voice and they suggested writing something for myself. We wrote Italian Signorina, I’m a Woman and But beautiful. My manager sent them around the world, to several major record companies. The songs got the attention of the team of Clive Davis here in NYC. We came here to meet them. They thought I had a unique sound and an enchanting voice. I loved NYC instantly and I decided to take this chance and start my career all over in this country. Here I am, nine years later, still in love with NYC and still singing.

Maggio 2014

Giada Valenti, la voce che unisce i due mondi - LA VOCE DI NY (Written By: Liliana Rosano)

Canta per il Presidente Obama e fa sognare il pubblico americano: l'Italian Signorina Giada Valenti gira l'Europa, poi elegge New York come sua seconda casa e qui mischia rock, jazz e pop con un tocco tutto personale che fa impazzire gli americani.

Clive Davis, il guru della musica americana, talent scout di cantanti come Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera e Alicia Keys, ha definito la sua voce incantevole. Giada Valenti, rappresenta la voce della musica italiana leggera e melodica negli Stati Uniti e non solo. Veneta di nascita (Portogruaro, Venezia), romana e triestina per formazione (Conservatorio romano di Santa Cecilia e G. Tartini in Trieste), dal 2004 vive a New York dove è arrivata dopo aver girato l’Europa e vissuto in Svizzera e Amsterdam.

Gavetta, talento e un pizzico di fortuna, che bussa alla sua porta dopo aver partecipato e vinto, nella categoria cantautori, San Remo Giovani Talenti Nel Mondo e il Festival di Castrocaro. Da lì inizia la sua ascesa. Nel 2005, arriva in America il suo primo CD Italian Signorina che ottiene un successo di pubblico e di critica. Due anni fa si è esibita a Washington davanti al Presidente Obama cantando l’Inno Italiano e dal 2005 è la madrina nel red carpet della Columbus Day Parade.
Autrice e interprete, nei suoi concerti Giada fa sognare gli americani, conducendoli in un viaggio virtuale dell’Italia romantica e da sogno. Non solo pop e musica melodica, Giada ha anche un’anima rock e ama la musica country americana. Il suo ultimo CD, il terzo, My Lullaby, sperimenta e mette insieme melodie europee con influenze della world music.
​Giada racconta a La VOCE i suoi inizi, la sua carriera e la sua gratitudine per NY.

Sei arrivata a NY dopo alcuni anni in Europa? Una scelta maturata o solo legata ad alcuni eventi?
Io sono un po’ un’avventuriera. Se mi si presenta un’opportunità la prendo al volo. Ed è stato così anche per NYC. Ho incominciato la mia carriera in Italia da bambina partecipando a molti concorsi canori, anche nazionali come Castrocaro. Ma è stata l’Olanda a portarmi fortuna. Mi ci sono trasferita per seguire il mio cuore e là ho incominciato a scrivere canzoni, tra cui Solo Con Te, con cui ho partecipato e vinto, nella categoria cantautori, il San Remo Giovani Talenti Nel Mondo. Quella vincita mi ha portato a firmare un contratto discografico con la BMG Ariola e a pubblicare il mio primo CD. Dopo alcuni anni di successo in Olanda ho incominciato a scrivere canzoni anche in inglese. Sono stata invitata a scrivere musica a Londra dove mi sono trasferita dopo aver firmato un contratto con una casa editrice musicale londinese. Per un anno ho viaggiato in tutta Europa e ho scritto canzoni anche per altri artisti. Un’esperienza unica. In uno dei miei viaggi, un produttore danese, con cui stavo scrivendo canzoni, si è innamorato della mia voce e mi ha incitata a scrivere delle canzoni anche per me, ma solo in inglese.
Abbiamo scritto e registrato Italian Signorina, I’m A Woman e But Beautiful e il mio manager le ha mandate in giro in tutte le case discografiche, compresa una americana.  Dopo qualche settimana ci ha contattato il team di Clive Davis, il guru della musica americana scopritore di molti dei miei idoli come Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera e Alicia Keys. Trovava la mia voce “enchanting”, incantevole. Ci ha invitati a NYC e abbiamo deciso di rimanere e giocarci la carta dell’America. In fondo, come dice la canzone “If you can make it there you can make it anywhere”, se ce la fai qui ce la puoi fare dovunque. Non è stato facile, ma piano piano, con duro lavoro e passione, sono riuscita a trovarmi un mio pubblico anche fra gli americani. E ora adoro questo paese che mi sta dando grandissime soddisfazioni.

Sei la voce che meglio di altre rappresenta l'Italia. Quella che racconti è un'Italia romantica che forse oggi non esiste. Un'Italia nostalgica…
Io credo che l’Italia romantica esista ancora. Solo che spesso noi in Italia non la vediamo e non la apprezziamo più tanto. Spesso noi Italiani non ci rendiamo conto di quanto bello sia il nostro paese. Alle volte bisogna allontanasi da qualcosa per vederla meglio. Ed è così anche per la musica. Negli ultimi anni, i giovani artisti italiani hanno cercato di copiare il sound della musica inglese e americana trovando grande successo in Italia. Purtroppo, spesso, quella musica non ha riscontro all’estero e soprattutto qui in America. Io ho deciso di proporre la melodia, di certo un genere che nessuno come noi italiani sa creare. Anche se non lo vogliamo ammettere, siamo un popolo romantico. Nei miei spettacoli attiro un pubblico di americani cantando molte canzoni in inglese e comunicando in inglese con loro. Con la mia solarità italiana, li porto in un viaggio virtuale in Italia. Li faccio sognare, con i miei racconti di vita Italiana, nella mia Venezia, e poi li incanto con le loro canzoni preferite che io ripropongo in chiave nuova e moderna, canzoni dei Beatles, The Doors, I Carpenters, Etta James, ma anche Bruno Mars e Pink. E anche alcune mie canzoni inedite naturalmente. E poi li sorprendo e li faccio emozionare interpretando canzoni del repertorio italiano che non conoscono, di grandi autori come Gino Paoli e Lucio Dalla. È un grande onore e privilegio per me vedere come si innamorano delle nostre meravigliose canzoni. In fondo la musica, come l’amore, non ha bisogno di parole per emozionare.
Hai una formazione classica, con studi al conservatorio, ma poi sei passata alla musica leggera. Quanto il tuo background è stato importante?
Di certo la formazione classica mi ha dato un imprinting molto importante e sono molto grata ai miei genitori per avermi permesso di avere questa formazione. Ho scelto la musica leggera perché mi permetteva di essere più spontanea, di uscire dalle note dello spartito. I miei spettacoli sono molto eclettici. Passo dal rock, al jazz, al pop dando a tutti questi generi il mio tocco personale. Io credo che la musica sia l’espressione dell’anima. Più che generi musicali io li chiamo espressioni dell’animo. Alle volte siamo felici, alle volte tristi, siamo poi silenziosi e poi rumorosi, alle volte attivi altre volte pigri…e la musica è la colonna sonora delle nostre emozioni. Il mio background classico di certo mi ha permesso di comprendere la bellezza della musica, la struttura della musica, un po’ come la matematica. Poi la formazione classica è la base del bel canto che mi permette di avere una buona tecnica vocale e controllo.

Il pubblico americano ti ama. Che sentimenti condividono con te dopo i concerti in America?
Io adoro il mio pubblico. Ho molti fans in Europa, in Olanda e Francia che attraversano l’oceano per venire ai miei concerti qui in America. Li chiamo i miei angeli perché davvero fanno volare la mia musica. La cosa che condivido con loro, come del resto tutti gli artisti credo, solo le emozioni. Loro si emozionano e io mi emoziono. Gli americani, soprattutto a NYC, sono molto selettivi, critici e difficili da accontentare. La scelta per loro di vedere uno spettacolo è ampissima. Quando ho incominciato i miei spettacoli a NYC non è stato facile. Ho iniziato cercando di crearmi un pubblico fra gli italo-americani. Poi, in seguito, sono arrivati anche gli americani. Io dico spesso che ho imparato l’orgoglio di essere Italiana qui in America, dagli italo-americani e dagli americani, dal mio meraviglioso pubblico. Dopo i concerti incontro immigrati italiani che mi dicono quanto amano l’Italia, di quanto amano e tengono vive tradizioni apprese dai loro nonni italiani. Molti di loro non sono mai stati in Italia, in molti non parlano neanche l’Italiano, ma si sentono italiani. E da loro che ho imparato che appartenere ad un paese è qualcosa di prezioso che è nel cuore, qualcosa di cui si deve essere fieri ed orgogliosi. Girando il mondo con la mia musica mi sono resa conto di come il resto del mondo vede il nostro paese. Certo ci sono problemi, ma niente e nessuno è perfetto. Ho avuto l’onore di cantare l’Inno Nazionale Italiano in presenza del Presidente Americano Barak Obama a Washington due anni fa. Non lo sapevo neanche l’Inno Nazionale quando abitavo in Italia. Ogni volta che lo canto adesso nelle feste ufficiali qui in America mi sento così fiera della mia italianità. La mia vita è meravigliosa grazie al mio pubblico e ai miei angeli.

Quali sono le cantanti che più ami interpretare?
Adoro gli Aerosmith e Sting, ma anche Frédéric Chopin e Maria Callas. Sono tantissimi i cantanti e i cantautori che amo. Fra gli Italiani, Riccardo Cocciante e Gino Paoli, Fiorella Mannoia, Mina e Ornella Vanoni. Fra i miei idoli, Edith Piaff, Ella Fitzgerald, Karen Carpenter, Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey e Celine Dion. Ultimamente ci sono grandi talenti musicali che amo come Pink, Adele, Bruno Mars e John Legend. Forse più che interpretare canzoni di cantanti preferiti tendo a scegliere canzoni che mi emozionano indipendentemente dal loro interprete. Sono un’incurabile romantica….amo le canzoni d’amore. E amo la musica country americana. Incredibili talenti e bellissime canzoni.

New York è anche una città dove la musica ha un ruolo importante. Alcuni artisti italiani però non riescono a fare presa su un pubblico americano. Penso a Jovanotti o Battiato che hanno un pubblico solo di italiani anche in America. Perché secondo te?
Io amo Jovanotti e rispetto Battiato. La musica comunica emozioni universali, ma per entrare nel cuore del pubblico americano bisogna prima aprire le porte del cuore con la comunicazione. Spesso gli artisti italiani non parlano un buon inglese, e questo forse è un ostacolo per alcuni di loro. Per farcela in questo paese bisogna fare un passo alla volta e cercare di capire il gusto americano. Sono tutti e due super star in Italia e non so se abbiano voglia di rifare la gavetta anche in America. Personalmente, credo che Lorenzo Jovanotti potrebbe facilmente crearsi un seguito anche fra gli americani. Parla un buon inglese e il suo talento è innegabile. L’ho visto in Concerto qui a NYC. Eravamo tutti italiani effettivamente, ma Lorenzo ha carisma e la sua musica è onesta, semplice e divertente. Se fossi lui, cercherei una collaborazione con un grande nome della musica americana, come Jay Z o Pharrell Williams: un duetto con loro gli aprirebbe di certo le porte dell’America, che si sicuro lo amerebbe. E poi c’è il grande Zucchero. Anche lui sta mettendosi in moto qui in America e per me anche lui potrebbe fare presa. Grande carisma e talento, è un grande comunicatore di emozioni, lo adoro. Abbiamo cantato insieme sul Red Carpet della Parata di Colombo di NYC; non lo conosceva nessuno, ma appena è partita la musica il suo carisma e il ritmo hanno fatto presa. Sento che potrebbe diventare una super star anche in America.

È vero che quando gli americani pensano alla musica italiana, si fermano a Bocelli o alla Pausini?
Sì, purtroppo al momento gli americani pensano a loro se pensano alla musica italiana. Andrea Bocelli è adorato in questo paese, lo chiamano “la voce di Dio”, e Laura Pausini è adorata dai sud-americani, il mondo latino. Direi che entrambi hanno deciso di portare nel mondo la musica italiana melodica, quella che il mondo ci invidia, quella che il mondo ama. E Laura parla benissimo in spagnolo e portoghese, cosa che di certo le ha permesso di entrare nel cuore del mondo latino. Rispetto e adoro entrambi questi artisti. Davvero due artisti che con passione e perseveranza stanno portando la musica Italiana nel mondo.

La colonna sonora ideale per descrivere New York?
Direi per me I Believe I Can Fly. New York è una città piena di opportunità, di energia. Ti rende instancabile. Ti fa sognare. Ti guardi intorno ogni giorno e vedi realtà incredibili di persone che dal niente si sono creati vite da sogno. Nei miei 8 anni qui a NYC ho incontrato persone che hanno aperto nuovi orizzonti alla mia creatività e immaginazione, persone incredibili. Sono sempre stata una persona positiva e piena di passione, una persona che ha sempre seguito il suo cuore e cercato di vivere dei suoi sogni. Questa è di certo la città perfetta per me…non vorrei essere fraintesa, neanche l’America regala niente, bisogna lavorare senza sosta e fare sacrifici, ma NYC ti riempie di carica e tutto sembra possibile.

Novembre 2013

Quando Musica e Voce fanno sognare - OGGIMEDIA (Written By: Guido Francesco Guida)

​È la splendida voce di Giada Valenti che quest’anno ha intonato l’inno nazionale italiano sia al Gala 2013 della Fondazione Nazionale Italo-Americana (NIAF) che alle celebrazioni del Columbus Day a New York.
 
Ma Giada Valenti non è soltanto una cantante per le occasioni speciali, con la sua voce eccezionale affascina, ormai, dal 2004 sia gli italo-americani che gli americani stessi. ll suo soul, molto accattivante ed originale, definito pop con sfumature jazz, l’ha resa molto popolare ed amata.
 
Le sue canzoni, di cui è anche spesso autrice, sono molto suadenti e melodiose, capaci di entrare, attraverso tutti i sensi, nella testa e nel cuore di chi ascolta. Una vera armonia che rilassa ed affascina.La cantante, all’anagrafe Cristina Giorgi, è nata a Portogruaro e, dopo aver conseguito il diploma in musica al Tartini di Trieste, iniziò la sua carriera professionista di cantante in Italia. Dopo aver lavorato in diverse nazioni europee, si è trasferita negli USA. Qui GiadaValenti ha subito conquistato il cuore degli americani e degli italo-americani.Tra i suoi CD ricordiamo “Italian Signorina” (2005) e “And I love you so” (2008).Giada Valenti ama il contatto diretto con il pubblico e preferisce comunicare la sua musica nei teatri. Tra i suoi show, sempre sold out, ricordiamo nel 2009 “Tribute to love”, all'Hilton Casino & Resort di Atlantic City, e nel 2010 "An Evening with Giada Valenti” a Broadway (NY). Al Feinstein’s, presso il Regency di NYC, ha presentato con successo, svariate volte, uno spettacolo intitolato “Tributo alle grandi dive d’Europa”, cantando le più famose canzoni di Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, Dusty Springfield, Shirley Bassey, Mina ed Ornella Vanoni. Lo scorso anno la cantante è stata premiata al gala dell’Italian American Labor Council per l’impegno nel promuovere la cultura italiana con la propria musica in America. Giada Valenti scrive con regolarità dei suoi viaggi negli USA e delle bellezze dell’Italia nel suo blog
Giada Valenti: From Italy to NYC With Love” (www.giadavalenti.blogspot.com) molto popolare e letto fra i suoi fan.
 
Oggimedia ha intervistato l'artista dopo la sua ultima performance di novembre, “From Venice with love”, con la quale ha ottenuto uno straordinario successo alla St. John University nel Queens (NYC).
 
Signora Valenti, partiamo dagli inizi della sua carriera in Italia. Quali sono state le sue principali esperienze italiane?
«Beh direi una serie di concorsi canori, come Castrocaro Terme che mi ha permesso di lavorare con Angelo Valsiglio, compositore dei primi successi di Laura Pausini. È stata una meravigliosa gavetta».
 
E dopo l’Italia?
«Grazie alla mia partecipazione a vari concorsi fui selezionata per un tour in Svizzera dove ho conosciuto il mio manager. Successivamente mi trasferii in Olanda. Qui ho firmato il mio primo contratto discografico con la BMG. Ma non ero sufficientemente appagata e u così che, alla ricerca di nuove collaborazioni musicali, mi trasferii a Londra, dove mi venne offerto un Contratto con un editore per scrivere canzoni».
 
Perché ha scelto gli USA come palcoscenico definitivo della sua musica?
«Dopo aver mandato alcune canzoni in giro per il mondo, sono stata invitata a New York dal team del leggendario Clive David. Lavorai con loro per un anno e poi decisi di rimanere in America. Amo questo paese che offre opportunità a chi vuole rischiare e provare ad afferrarle».
 
Com'è il suo rapporto con la musica americana e con gli italo-americani?
«La musica Americana è oramai la musica che sentiamo dovunque. Gli artisti famosi appartengono al mondo. Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Byoncee, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Michael Buble. La lista è lunga e li ascoltiamo anche in Italia. Gli Italo-Americani sono stati una grande scoperta per me. In molti non parlano più l'Italiano, non sono mai venuti in Italia, ma dopo i miei concerti vengono a dirmi che sono Italiani, con passione e orgoglio. Mi hanno fatto apprezzare la mia italianità. Il loro orgoglio di essere Italiani ha fatto rinascere il mio orgoglio di essere Italiana. Ora quando canto l'Inno Nazionale Italiano agli eventi ufficiali sento nel cuore l'amore per il mio paese. L'ho imparato qui, dagli Italo-Americani».
 
Sentiamo una certa commozione nella sua voce, ma ci interessa l’America. Quali sono stati i momenti più importanti della sua carriera artistica negli USA?
«Di certo cantare l'Inno Nazionale Italiano in presenza del Presidente Americano Barak Obama, ricevere I complimenti di Nancy Pelosi al NIAF di Washington e i complimenti dal Presidente del Senato Pietro Grasso. Ma anche ricevere diversi premi qui in America per il mio lavoro di musicista e promotrice della cultura Italiana con i miei concerti. L'esibirmi con regolarità nel famoso club di NYC Feinstein's. Ed essere stata selezionata dal leggendario produttore e vincitore di 14 Grammy Awards, Phil Ramone, per un Musical. Avere un team incredibile al mio fianco. Queste sono le piccole o grandi soddisfazioni che mi scaldano il cuore quando mi prende la malinconia».
​​Quali sono i suoi autori preferiti italiani ed internazionali?
«Di certo Gino Paoli, Lucio Dalla e Renato Zero. Ma direi tutti i cantautori Italiani del presente e del passato. Abbiamo la melodia nel DNA. Della musica internazionale Breil, Bacharach, Henry Warren, i Carpenters, i Beatles, i Doors, Michael Bolton. Ma non solo, adoro anche la musica country americana».
 
Sia negli USA che in Europa si assiste ad un graduale declino delle vendite di album, soppiantati dall'ascolto dei singoli tramite download e dalle nuove fruizioni in streaming. Ritiene che il vecchio modo di proporre la musica sia tramontato? Se sì a quali mezzi si affida?
«I tempi sono cambiati. Oramai I CD si vendono solo dopo i concerti. C'e' sempre il desiderio di portare a casa un ricordo autografato. I nuovi canali di vendita permettono di vendere la musica anche in parti remote del mondo, dove non siamo mai stati. Io, ad esempio, ho fan in Cina dove non sono mai andata. Bisogna adeguarsi. Il mondo cambia, ma la passione per la musica no. Io, comunque, amo i tempi moderni e bisogna essere flessibili se si vuole far conoscere la propria musica e stare sul mercato».
 
In cosa consiste il suo progetto "From Venice With Love"?
«È un progetto per la televisione americana PBS. Sono stata invitata a filmare il mio concerto "From Venice With Love". Sarà spettacolare. Verrà costruito per il concerto un bellissimo set dal grande scenografo americano Tom Lenz e mi esibirò con un orchestra completa condotta dal famoso arrangiatore Chris Walden. Produttore musicale per il CD e il DVD di questo progetto sarà il leggendario produttore e musicista Gregg Field. Gireremo poi filmati anche a Venezia, che verranno aggiunti allo speciale televisivo durante i missaggi a Los Angeles. La PBS userà lo speciale televisivo in America per promuovere un tour negli Stati Uniti. È un progetto che mi permetterà di promuovere la mia musica a molte più persone che amano la nostra cultura, musica, lingua e il nostro bel Paese. Un'opportunità unica di promuove anche prodotti del made in Italy con i concerti».
 
Quali i suoi progetti per il futuro ed il sogno che vorrebbe poter realizzare?
«Continuare a promuovere l’Italianità nel mondo, con la mia musica ed i miei concerti. Canto e parlo in 5 lingue. Credo che la comunicazione sia fondamentale e la musica lo fa in modo universale ed unico. Spero di poter inspirare i miei fan alla conoscenza, imparare nuove lingue, essere aperti e rispettare le diversità. Promuovo l'amore con la mia musica. Ed è ciò che amo della musica, l'intensità delle emozioni che regala, l'unità che è in grado di creare. Amo sapere che i miei fan diventano amici tra di loro attraverso la mia musica».
 
Esiste ancora il sogno americano?
«Parli con una sognatrice nata. Non è facile, ma se uno si tira su le maniche e ci prova con convinzione, cuore, passione, sì, il sogno esiste. Bisogna essere pronti a sacrificarsi, a mettersi in gioco e migliorarsi. Ma ci deve essere la passione per quello che si sogna ed ama e questo ci spinge a vivere il sogno. Se il sogno è solo quello di fare soldi e diventare famosi, alle prime difficoltà ci si ferma e ci si arrende, poiché i soldi non vengono subito e le difficoltà sono tante. Nulla è facile in questo mondo».

Ha un consiglio da dare agli italiani in questo momento di crisi tanto politica che di prospettive future?
«Noi italiani amiamo buttarci giù e ci auto-commiseriamo. Promuoviamo anche all'estero le cose negative del nostro paese. Tendiamo a vedere l'erba del vicino più verde della nostra. Nessun Paese è perfetto. La crisi è dovunque e bisogna credere nel cambiamento e restare positivi. Amo la mentalità americana. Quì Il bicchiere è sempre mezzo pieno».Un ultimo consiglio a chi volesse intraprendere la carriera di cantante.
 
Quali pensa siano le doti principali per farlo?
«Prime fra tutte la passione e la perseveranza. Io non sono nata facendo questo lavoro, ma ho cercato le opportunità per fare quello che amo così tanto. Occorre poi riconoscenza per chi ci aiuta. Da soli non andiamo da nessuna parte. Io ringrazio Dio, i miei genitori, i miei fan, il mio team, i miei musicisti. Il talento è un dono di Dio. Io odio l'arroganza, l'invidia e la maleducazione. Sono una sognatrice e credo nella bellezza del mondo e della gente. Bisogna essere sempre pronti e preparati e la gavetta aiuta a farsi le ossa. Grazie a anche a te, caro Guido, per questa opportunità».
 
Grazie a lei signora Valenti per l’intervista. La sua passione ed il suo impegno per la musica sono quanto meno pari al suo talento e sono convinto che la sua voce, oltre che essere ambasciatrice dell’italianità nel mondo, riuscirà sempre a darci, anche per il solo tempo dell’ascolto, quella serenità e quella felicità che tutti ricerchiamo.

Luglio 2013

L'ITALIA AL FEMMINILE - Mario Fratti

Giada Valenti, Angela Sciddurlo Rago, Emelise Aleandri : tre donne italiane attivissime, sempre in prima linea.
 
Giada Valenti canta meravigliosamente, da otto anni, su ogni palcoscenico americano. Quando vedete il suo nome in cartellone, correte a vederla, a sentirla. La sua voce è un balsamo per l’anima. L’abbiamo applaudita entusiasticamente nella bella sala 352 West 44th, noto ristorante e club musicale. Fra una canzone e l’altra, gran senso dell’umorismo mentre narra episodi della vita degli autori di canzoni e comunica sorridendo col pubblico. Ci ha fatto risentire il meglio di Gino Paoli (anche « E mi innamorerei »), di Salvatore Guaragna (che dovette cambiare il suo nome e fece poi il musical « 42nd Street »), Edith Piaf, di cui sottolinea l’origine italiana.
 
Canta con passione « La vie en rose » e ci dice che se dicesse a Parigi che Edith ha sangue e sensibilità tipicamente italiani la lincerebbero.Termina con canzoni di Modugno. Viene aiutata in coro dal pubblico quando ci fa rivivere il trionfo di « Volare ». Una serata indimenticabile.Il pubblico l’ha circondata e ammirata per almeno venti minuti. Era ancora piena di gioia e di energia.

March 2013

Giada Valenti brings Romance of Italy to the Piano Room - Rich Monetti

Born in Venice, Giada Valenti never sat down and made a conscious decision to become a singer. The Valenti family was inherently musical and her grandmother was a professional singer - well known in the local community. Taking the stage by four years old, and knowing how to write musical notes before she could pen the alphabet, Giada believes performance and music are simply part of her DNA. She studied music theory at the Santa Cecilia Music School in Venice and got her degree at the G. Tartini in Trieste. On the other hand, her father felt she needed an outlet to a "serious career" to go along with the passion brought to music so she studied psychology at the University of Padova. In between, Giada was much influenced by pop and rock music and was very much among the Italian music vibe that looked to cover all sounds American and British. But she would come to realize that the world's greatest music derived of love and the yearnings of the heart. In turn, she signed with BMG Ariola and had several of her recordings reach the European charts. Riding and romancing that success, Giada received serious interest from a major record label in New York. As such, she decided to adopt the greatest city in the world as her home and is not be shy about showing us through her music what Italy has always done better.

Times Square(TS): How did Italians figure out this whole romance thing better than everyone else?
Giada Valenti(GV): We invented romance. Around the world they say Italian men are very romantic but you cannot generalize. Still everybody loves romance. and the world seems to think that the Italians and the Spanish are more romantic. I guess it's the accent.

TS: Accent or not, I'm Italian so what the hell is wrong with me?
GV: Oh, you're Italian. So you should know what I'm talking about

TS: Yeah, not really. I go out with a girl, and they want to know why it takes four or five dates just to kiss them.
GV: I made my husband also work for a month before anything happened.

TS: Actually, it's me making them work - well not intentionally. Is your husband Italian?
GV: No, he's Dutch

TS: How does the family feel about that?
GV: They loved him right away, and now they love him more than me. You know how that goes.

TS: Yes, I do. Everyone in my family feels sorry for Sal - my brother-in-law. So were you OK with your Italian dad sending you off to study Psychology?
GV: Sure. I've always been eager to learn, and he was right in a way because everything you learn enriches you. I use my psychological knowledge to analyze my audience. I can see who's enjoying the show - who's shy and who's thinking, please come to me.

TS: Can you tell me about your first times on stage?
GV: I don't really recall but I've been told, and to this day, I'm maybe nervous the first 20 seconds, and then it just becomes a natural place for me to be. Even if I have a cold or headache - it just makes me feel like, wow. A big fan of Edith Piaf, I know she felt the same way. I think it's something that all singers in the world have.

TS: I guess you're lucky then that Edith Piaf is alive and living in New York City.
GV: Excuse me.
TS: There's a French cabaret singer named Floanne Ankah who does a tribute to Edith Piaf.
GV:
I know Flo. I get her emails and have seen her videos. So even though I'm Italian, in my heart, I love French music, but maybe I love Edith Piaf so much because she's half Italian.

​​TS: Why did you leave rock 'n roll for romance?
GV: I started to explore other kinds of music. I came across jazz and began learning about song writing. I eventually realized the most famous songs that people write are all related to love, and I really connect to that. But if you come to my concerts, there are aspects of jazz, rock and pop. I even do Light my Fire - of course, in my own style. At the same time, I share a lot of funny stories about my life and family. I just love to entertain, but it obviously comes back to the romance. I see people holding hands and getting closer. I even know people that came to my show having just met, and a few months later, they are engaged.

TS: Do you have kids?
GV: No. I can't. I'm always traveling - never knowing which country I want to live in. But if I did have kids, I would want them to be strongly connected to music, because I always say music has kept me away from troubles like drugs and bad company. It's just very important to encourage them to pursue their passion. So whether it's sports or art, if you have an interest in life, you're not going to look for those bad things around you.

TS: You must have a lot of male admirers. Does your husband ever get jealous?
GV: Being a woman, I do have a lot of men in my audience, but the main reason they are there is because they have a girlfriend or wife taking them.

TS: Should I feel bad for the men?
GV: Recently, I did a show, and they interviewed some fans after. It was funny to hear this one woman say, I loved it, but I'm never bringing my boyfriend again because all he keeps saying is how beautiful Giada is. So many of my fans are women, and I'm proud of that.

TS: What are some of your signature songs?
GV: I would say La Vie a Rose, Volare and The First Time Ever I Saw your Face, and what's great is my fans seem to adore those songs as much as me.

TS: What about originals?
GV: I'l be doing a few at the Piano Room. I have one called, A Piece of my Heart. My fans see the connection so it's really nice.

TS: You did a Italian Reality TV Show?
GV: Well, it was a program where they followed me around for a few days so people back home could see my life here in America. But I didn't show myself talking a shower, eating breakfast or having a fight. They wanted to show Italians like me are building different types of careers in America so they featured several professions in the show for Italians dreaming of coming here.

TS: Do you miss Italy?
GV: Italians are very proud of where they are from, but I've lived in London, Amsterdam and Astoria - I love everywhere I am because I'm happy with myself.

TS: That sounds good. It was very nice talking to you.
GV: Thank you. Have a good day.