NEW YORK, NY — Dec. 15, 2022 / Start Flying is Singer, Songwriter, and Recording Artist Lisa Gentile’s fourth studio album and debut digital release that transcends music genres while celebrating life’s ups, downs, and triumphs along the way. Available now on all streaming platforms.
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Music is in Lisa’s DNA. Her father was the producer of legendary Motown artists such as Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, and others. She now proudly carries the torch as the producer on her new album Start Flying along with Adam Box as producer, and acclaimed drummer for GRAMMY-nominated, CMA Award-winning duo the Brothers Osborne. An all-star cast of players supports Lisa on the record including GRAMMY-nominated Dave Eggar, Cello (Coldplay, Josh Groban, Beyoncé); Rich Mercurio, Drums (Sara Bareilles, Idina Menzel, Steven Van Zandt); Jerry Marotta, Drums, Bass (Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Orleans); Nelson Bragg, Vocals (Brian Wilson); Rick Huckaby, Guitars, Vocals (Trace Adkins, Thomas Rhett) and many more. Start Flying was recorded at the Gilded Palace in Nashville, TN, and Dreamland Studios in Woodstock, NY; mixed by Ken Helmlinger and mastered by GRAMMY-nominated engineer Joe Lambert. It is self-released on Gentileland Records.
Start Flying is comprised of 12 self-written mini anthems that take us on a journey of life. Masterfully produced, Lisa demonstrates her unique ability to fuse pop, country, rock, and soul, creating her own signature sound. Up-tempo songs Sweet on You, Drive and On the Water celebrate the simple things in life while her vulnerable side comes out in Lifeline, a haunting song about loss, and Piece of Me, a moving piano, vocal ballad and Stuck with Me, a poignant duet featuring artist Rick Huckaby about a passionate love that drives you mad. Guys Like You is a rock, soul-power anthem with a strong message as a female artist trying to succeed in a male-dominated industry. I Drank the Cooking Wine is a mid-tempo classic country drinking song with a twist of insane and in songs Rise, Shine and the title track Start Flying you will find hope, encouragement, and inspiration. Closing out the album, Just When I Thought the Rain Would End, a truly authentic 80’s power ballad written and recorded by Lisa at just 16 years old sung with a writing vocal maturity well beyond her years.
On the album, Lisa shares, “This record is more than just my songs and stories. It’s a representation of my growth as an artist and producer. It’s me turning each no into a yes; proving to myself and the world that I can fly in the face of adversity. When someone truly believes in you, it should never be based on age, appearance, sexuality, gender, race, relationship status, or how long you’ve paid your dues in a town. But instead on the quality of your art and work ethic. Do not tell me what I cannot do. Timing is everything and this is my time to fly… my way.”
START FLYING TRACKLIST
- Sweet on You
- I Drank the Cooking Wine
- Stuck with Me (Featuring Rick Huckaby)
- On the Water
- Guys Like You
- Start Flying
- Piece of Me
- Just When I Thought the Rain Would End
LISA GENTILE BIO
Lisa Gentile is a native of Syracuse, NY, and moved to Manhattan with her family at age 10 to pursue a career in entertainment. She studied voice under renowned vocal coach Carlo Menotti (The Art of Singing) and was mentored by legendary singer, and actress Liza Minnelli. Lisa is a graduate of the Highschool of Performing Arts (Fame) and Bard College. She was discovered by producer Keith Diamond of Polygram Records at 23, best known for his hits with Billy Ocean. Her albums Becoming (LP-2000), Three (EP-2003) and A Very Country Compilation (LP-2006) and Start Flying (LP-2022) have received US/Worldwide Radio Airplay. Lisa is a Syracuse Area Music Award winner (SAMMY) for Best Country Album and has performed extensively in top venues and stages throughout the US.
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