With the street smarts and strength of a NJ Police sergeant, and the musicianship and voice of a country singer, Scott DeCarlo is using his unique sound to take the Country music scene into his custody.
Boasting a big voice and enormous sense of determination, DeCarlo is a true showman of modern Country. Finding inspiration in an eclectic array of performers, including Garth Brooks, Freddie Mercury, Elvis and Tim McGraw, he has cultivated his own sound: a blend of accelerated rock and open-heartedness.
His kick in the door blend of Country-Rock is energetic, accessible and, above all, authentic. “I am constantly inspired by the achieving underdog, the work ethic of those who have nothing, and give everything of themselves,” says DeCarlo. “Those individuals bold enough to follow their sound, their dreams and remain steadfast in their goals of high achievement through all obstacles.”
A former New Jersey Police Sergeant, DeCarlo, after 16 years of service, traded his badge for a guitar, moving to Nashville to pursue music full-time.
“Scott’s intensity, admiration and passion make him a truly dynamic performer,” says, producer and career musician, Biff Watson. “After working together on some demos, we had developed a productive creative relationship, so when it came time to make a record, the partnership between he, Eric Legg [producer] and I was truly optimal.”
As a child, DeCarlo was drawn to showbiz, albeit from unlikely sources: “I was probably somewhere around the age of 4 or 5 watching Elton John perform on television and I remember saying. ‘I want to do that, I want to perform and sing.’ I don’t think I wanted to wear the glasses and funky clothes though.”
A friendly spirited individual and engaging orator, DeCarlo’s jovial personality and candid narratives are the threads to his songs; each one being both relatable and touching.
In 2000, DeCarlo began performing to an empty room at the world renowned Kenny’s Castaways in New Yorks’ West Village. “Even the soundman didn’t want to be there,” says DeCarlo of the experience. “But, after a long while working
through extreme lows and very few highs, people began coming to listen one at a time and the experience has influenced me to continue on my path and being on the path is the reward.”
In 2012, DeCarlo released his 10-song debut album, A Whole New Kind Of Crazy, performing throughout New England in support of the LP and receiving ecstatic responses from crowds.
DeCarlo’s debut single, “Having A Good Time,” is currently at Country radio. The track is a feel good rally song about the simple kind of fun with friends that has the exciting potential to get a little rowdy: “Drinks are flowing it won’t be long till everybody’s singing along…With the real rough boys making lots of noise screaming, ‘Everybody, I wanna rock!’”
DeCarlo is currently residing in Nashville, writing material for his next LP. He plans to record and release a full-length album in 2013.
Scott Decarlo - Lead Vocals/Acoustic Guitar
A Whole New Kind Of Crazy 07/2012
Single Release "Havin A Good Time" 02/2013
Havin a Good Time
I Just thought you'd wanna know
Fall In Love Again
Audio Track: Scott DeCarlo - Havin' A Good Time
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A strong-voiced vocalist, Scott DeCarlo has a sound that's as good as anything coming out of...A strong-voiced vocalist, Scott DeCarlo has a sound that's as good as anything coming out of the major labels and perhaps soon he himself will be releasing music through them.
Scott DeCarlo Radio Ready and Ready to Rock
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There sure are a lot of new talents making their voices heard on the country scene this year, and on...There sure are a lot of new talents making their voices heard on the country scene this year, and one of the most promising has got to be New Jersey native Scott DeCarlo. He has one fresh, summer perfect, radio ready single, “Havin’ A Good Time,” circulating right now (listen below!), and it is sure to make you want to ditch the the 9 to 5 and head out for a cold drink and some sunshine (As I write this, it is a beyond beautiful day outside, and I really want to do just that!).
We took a few minutes to chat via phone recently, and DeCarlo shared with me that he wrote the song in between his move from NJ to Nashville, where he’s lived for about a year now. He said that basically, “I’m an all around have a good time kind of guy,” and from the amount of joking around he did during the interview, I’d say that’s probably true.
Scott struck me as not only a down to earth kind of guy, but also someone who’s willing and able to roll with the punches, an attribute that folks need if they’re gonna make it in a tough industry like the music biz. On top of his easy going personality though, he’s really got the talent to make in the long run, and I think that’s pretty clear in his current single alone (so be sure to listen!).
In addition to pushing “Havin’ A Good Time,” DeCarlo is working on a self-financed EP, and he already has about twelve or so songs in the works. When asked to classify his “sound” he said it has a “real edgy rock” vibe, and he claims a wide variety of influences from his mother’s favorite, Elvis to Queen to Skynyrd. So, hopefully, we can expect to hear more from him soon!
Be sure to give him a listen below, and find him rabble rousing on Twitter and Facebook!
One thing Scott wants you to know about him…the music is real!
“I would want them to know the music is genuine, its not contrived. I’m not trying to be anything I’m not, keeping it real. Doing what I hear in my head, not adhering to any standard.”
SINGLE REVIEW: Scott DeCarlo “Havin’ A Good Time”
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New Jersey’s Scott DeCarlo, a lead vocalist, songwriter and guitarist, is a pioneer in “21st Century...New Jersey’s Scott DeCarlo, a lead vocalist, songwriter and guitarist, is a pioneer in “21st Century Rock.” Geographically, the East Coast lost another good ole boy when the former NJ Police Sergeant moved to Nashville to pursue music. Our loss is Country Music’s gain.
“Scott’s intensity, admiration and passion make him a truly dynamic performer,” says producer and career musician, Biff Watson. His unique blend of street smarts, strength, musical ability and powerful country voice create a new sound in the country music field. DeCarlo’s music is inspired and infused by a variety of musical greats such as Garth Brooks, Freddy Mercury, Elton John, Elvis and Tim McGraw.
In 2000, DeCarlo started performing at Kenny’s Castaways in NY’s West Village. By 2012, he was releasing his 10 song debut album, “A Whole Kind of Crazy,” and performing throughout New England with ecstatic crowd response.
Country radio is now playing DeCarlo’s debut single “Havin’ a Good Time.” Starting out with an almost narrative intro, DeCarlo’s big voice takes you by surprise. It has relatable lyrics for those who have lived the good times and those wish to…. The song is a party and its chorus is bound to make this edgy song into a party anthem.
Scott Decarlo continues to reside in Nashville. He is writing for his next LP and hopes to record and release a full-length album in 2013.
The Scott DeCarlo Six Blends Country, Pop, Rock
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East Rutherford cop, musician to hold benefit concert to gather toys for needy The Scott DeCarlo ...East Rutherford cop, musician to hold benefit concert to gather toys for needy
The Scott DeCarlo Six (from left) Jason Krebs, Dave Crum, Sam Fishman (back), Scott DeCarlo, Bobby Fuchs and Chris Hanson rehearse before a holiday gig. Together two years, the band's songs blend '21st century country,' pop and a rock vibe. A charity toy collection concert is set at Mexicali Live in Teaneck on Dec. 11.
Nearly a decade ago, with his acoustic guitar and tousled black hair, Scott DeCarlo started out as a solo artist performing a progressive rock style of music and lyrics reminiscent of Bon Jovi.
Today, the freshly sheared East Rutherford police sergeant, who is "not a morning person," and moonlights as a musician, has a few presents to offer: a new band and a new, evolved sound that fuses rock, pop and country. Toss in a gig to help get holiday gifts to Newark kids.
The Scott DeCarlo Six—also comprising lead guitarist Dave Crum of Ridgefield Park, rhythm guitarist Chris Hanson of New Milford, bassist Bobby Fuchs of Little Ferry and drummer Sam Fishman and keyboardist Jason Krebs of Glen Rock—have been playing together for two years and are set to perform at the Fourth Annual Toy Collection concert for St. Lucy's Church in Newark, at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, on Saturday, Dec. 11. DeCarlo grew up in East Rutherford.
His mom was a single parent raising three boys, so there were unique challenges, the singer says. He has supported the church for years and has learned that gifts from the heart are the best.
DeCarlo said music helped him stay out of trouble as a kid growing up in Newark. Now he wants to help other kids who are growing up there.
"Every gift&especially family and people who care, is precious," DeCarlo says.
He also hopes the charity music event yields more toys this year. "Last year, we got five bags of toys. This year, I want to do 20," he says.
And who knows? Maybe one of those kids could get the gift of music: a starter guitar. DeCarlo smiles. It's one of the few gifts he received as a kid—and helped keep him out of trouble, he says.
"I got into music because I was always grounded. So I got a guitar, sat there and learned how to play it," DeCarlo recalls. During a recent rehearsal at a Ridgewood studio, the band practiced a dozen songs before sitting down with the South Bergenite to discuss the music—which comes together in a myriad of influences.
The band's songwriting is primarily done by DeCarlo—for now. "As a songwriter, I've evolved," he says. "It's more than just sitting down and writing. As a band, Jason and I sit down to hash out and get deeper as a unit," DeCarlo says.
DeCarlo adds that he gets a lot of support from the police department and that his "day job" helps him to be a better bandmate.
"You understand how to deal with different personalities, points of view and angles. It shows me to be forthcoming with all information, in detail. It's a growing experience, for sure," DeCarlo says.
Fuchs maintains that the group is like a friendship—with give and take on all sides.
"I already knew Dave&met Scott, found Jason&we're really just six friends that have a good time together," Fuchs says.
Fuchs maintains that it's the instruments, genres and attitudes that help define the music that has taken them all over the East Coast for gigs. But the group is happy to bringing their music home for this year's holiday benefit concert.
For more information and audio tracks, visit www.scottdecarlo.com or sonicbids.com/scottdecarlo.
Scott has enough originals to perform for a solid hour and a half: Upon request, there are several covers that he will perform!
There are no upcoming dates at this time.