Joey Figgiani

Joey Figgiani

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"Joey Figgiani is one of the best new singer-songwriters I have heard in the last 15 years. Following in the footsteps of Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen, Joey Figgiani will impress you with his depth and versatility, and his live shows are a must-see." - Pat Wolfe, KDHX-FM, St. Louis

Biography

"Phenomenal; an absolutely fantastic record." Vic The Bruiser, WBAI, NY

Recent Highlights:
- Recorded album at Sun Studio, Memphis
- Recorded with Elvis Presley's original band
- Weekly performances at Hard Rock Cafe, Nashville
- Live acoustic set and interview on KDHX, St. Louis
- Showcase performance at 2004 Midpoint Music Festival, Cincinnati
- Best Melody in Acoustic Category for original song, "Simple Life." - Garageband.com
- Headlined a benefit for Marquette Radio, Marquette University, Milwaukee

Joey is a member of the Americana Music Association and ASCAP.

Joey Figgiani embraced his creative talents after discovering a natural ear for music. He began playing drums at age 6, inspired by his late grandfather, Paul, a self-taught drummer, accordion player and pianist. Soon, Joey taught himself piano and eventually guitar. He also spent several years pursuing acting, earning his Screen Actor’s Guild card along the way. During high school he began to devote more time to music, writing songs and fine-tuning his voice after a single lesson. His heartfelt vocal style is reminiscent of Elvis, Buddy Holly, Bobby Darin, The Beatles (music his dad, Paul, Jr. exposed him to) as well as, Lindsey Buckingham and U2’s Bono.

Such diverse musical taste has enabled Joey to grow into an extremely versatile performer. He has played in rock bands, wedding bands and even with a swing orchestra. Throughout the 90's, Joey played solo and with his band, Somebody, (featuring siblings, Teresa and Michael). Several years later, Joey played drums with Long Island band, "Snob Hill.” He later recorded three albums of dynamic original music in the avant-garde band "The High Seas" and was featured on New York radio station WBAI.

Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, Joey has since returned to stripped down arrangements and a style that enables him to showcase his voice. Performing as a solo artist, he spent a year residency at NYC’s "Psychic Cafe", where he shared the microphone with Columbia recording artist, Nellie McKay.

An avid admirer of Elvis' early work, Joey holds 50 Presley songs in his repertoire. With guitar in tow, a bus trip to Tennessee one summer led to his recording in the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, where Presley, Jerry-Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash got their start. “To stand there and sing into a microphone, knowing this was where Elvis made history was just incredible.” In one take, Joey recorded a moving version of his original song, "Three Year Century," wowing studio engineer, James Lott.

Joey recently returned to the Memphis studio to record “Under the Memphis Sun” (Three Minute Records, August 2005) which features 11 Elvis songs plus three written by Joey and a remake of Bruce Springsteen’s “Fire,” the song The King never got to record. Joey also recorded several songs in Nashville where he was joined by Elvis’ legendary drummer, DJ Fontana, and backing vocalists, The Jordanaires. Joey celebrated the album’s release in Memphis during Elvis Week with performances at the Hard Rock Café and Graceland Crossing.

In addition to his following in New York, Joey has also developed a loyal fan base in Tennessee and Illinois and travels regularly to play shows in these and other states. He has donated his time to play The Staten Island Waterfront Festival and The September Concert Series in remembrance of September 11 several times. The Ottawa Times described Joey as "a talented crooner who belts out Elvis hits and other songs with a knack that would make the “King” himself proud.” Entertainment publication, The Source, has described Joey’s music as “a sound that oozes sweet melodies and rhythms with just enough bleakness to recall early Hank Williams and Springsteen’s “Nebraska.” Joey has even performed at the legendary music venue, "The Stone Pony" in Asbury Park, NJ, where a young Springsteen blazed his own path. “Singing on that stage was big for me. This is where Bruce has played so many times, and it's just a great place to soak up inspiration.”

That inspiration has led Joey to focus his time on songwriting and a forthcoming album, "The Place Between Moving and Standing Still" (Three Minute Records, Late 2005). The album feature’s Joey’s original songs including the fan favorite, "Simple Life," an ode to Joey's hard-working late grandfather, who eventually gave up his music to drive a truck for a living. In "Simple Life," Joey reflects on how hectic life has become; how we leave no time for creativity, and how we’re continually "trying to find a place between moving and standing still." With his drive, talent, and eclectic range Joey Figgiani’s career is on the move

Lyrics

Sweet Lorraine

Written By: Joseph Figgiani

Sitting in a diner
one night in Carolina
I dove into my coffee cup
to keep myself awake

In the corner booth I nestled
as she read off the specials
then the jukebox sang of "lonley street" and I offered her my seat

I said 'this road is getting old
sometimes I'm lost and it gets cold'
and then she asked me
if I thought that I could stay

I said 'I found love in Carolina
sitting in this roadside diner
confiding with a waitress
named Lorraine

I got hooked and she got fired
and we took off and hit the highway
just when I was drowning in my pain came Sweet Lorraine

When we hit Missourri
she offered up her story
then the moonlight hit the windshield and the teardrops
on her face

Well he gave three kids and she gave love but he could never
drink enough
and then she asked me
if I thought that I could stay

I said I found love in Carolina
sitting in this roadside diner
confiding with a waitress
named Lorraine

well I got hooked and she got tired
and we took off and we hit the highway and just as I was drowning in my pain came Sweet Lorraine

Her first love was Elvis so we
settled down in Memphis
her two girls took the back room
and her boy slept on the rug

then one night after dinner
came rapping on the window
the handle from that 45
sure made my window shake

He said Lorraine "I'm still in pain
you took my girls
and you stole my name"
and then he asked me
if I'd anything left to say

I said I found love in Carolina
sitting in this roadside diner
confiding with a waitress
named Lorraine

But I got drunk Lorraine got tired
and she took off
and she hit the highway
and just when I drowning in my pain
went Sweet Lorraine

copyright cara mia music 2005/ascap

Sweet Lorraine

Written By: Joseph Figgiani

Sweet Lorraine

Written by: Joseph Figgiani

Sitting in a diner
one night in Carolina
I dove into my coffee cup
to keep myself awake

In the corner booth I nestled
as she read off the specials
then the jukebox sang of "lonley street" and I offered her my seat

I said 'this road is getting old
sometimes I'm lost and it gets cold'
and then she asked me
if I thought that I could stay

I said 'I found love in Carolina
sitting in this roadside diner
confiding with a waitress
named Lorraine

I got hooked and she got fired
and we took off and hit the highway
just when I was drowning in my pain came Sweet Lorraine

When we hit Missourri
she offered up her story
then the moonlight hit the windshield and the teardrops
on her face

Well he gave three kids and she gave love but he could never
drink enough
and then she asked me
if I thought that I could stay

I said I found love in Carolina
sitting in this roadside diner
confiding with a waitress
named Lorraine

well I got hooked and she got tired
and we took off and we hit the highway and just as I was drowning in my pain came Sweet Lorraine

Her first love was Elvis so we
settled down in Memphis
her two girls took the back room
and her boy slept on the rug

then one night after dinner
came rapping on the window
the handle from that 45
sure made my window shake

He said Lorraine "I'm still in pain
you took my girls
and you stole my name"
and then he asked me
if I'd anything left to say

I said I found love in Carolina
sitting in this roadside diner
confiding with a waitress
named Lorraine

But I got drunk Lorraine got tired
and she took off
and she hit the highway
and just when I was
drowning in my pain
went Sweet Lorraine

copyright cara mia music 2005/ascap

Discography

The Brothers Figgiani - 2000
The High Seas - Volume 1 - 2002
"Under The Memphis Sun - The Sun Studio EP" - August 2005 (three minute records)
"The Place Between Moving and Standing Still" - January 2006 (three minute records)

Set List

Joey Figgiani performs acoustic originals and a wide repertoire of over 350 covers ranging from Johnny Cash, Elvis and the Beatles to U2, Nirvana and other select songs to present; shows range from 1-3 typical 40 minute sets to Springsteen-like marathons-sometimes spanning three to four hours. Sets include originals and his wide repertoire of covers. Joey also does all-request shows with the audience selecting the setlist based on their requests.