Larissa Bovetti
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Larissa Bovetti

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The best kept secret in music


Shawn Mullins landed commercial success with "Lullaby" and his classic storytelling in acoustic sets are powerful. Mullins plays at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Reef Lounge, following singer-songwriters Larissa Bovetti and Peter Sallis.

- Pensacola News Journal

Nashville, TN…October 6, 2005…Marmi, a unique women’s shoe and accessory boutique, is opening its first location in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 29, 2005 at The Mall at Green Hills.

Marmi has selected the Greater Nashville Affiliate of The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, as the honored recipient of a private Grand Opening Party to be held the evening of Thursday November 3rd from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Marmi will be donating $2,500 to the Greater Nashville Affiliate. The evening will include live musical entertainment by artist Larissa Bovetti and gifts will be given away, including five 1-year subscriptions to “O” Oprah magazine.

- Press Release by IBC-Integrity Business Communications

How a beautiful and dynamic singer songwriter found her way on this bill is a mystery for the ages. Transplanted from the Bay area of Northern California, Larissa is the host of the monthly "Chicks With Picks" showcase series. This is likely to be one of the sanest sets of the evening, delivered by a grade A talent making her AT debut.

- Americana Tonight

Some songwriters discover they have a gift at a very young age. For Nashville-based Larissa Bovetti, that musical gift appeared at the age of 12, when she began composing songs on the piano with the help of her mother in San Francisco.

"She was the first person who taught me how to play and write," Larissa Bovetti said. "Later, in high school, I picked up the guitar, and my writing took off."

After high school, Bovetti studied music composition at the University of California in Santa Barbara. The itch to perform as a working professional began to nag her as she approached graduation. Soon she found herself doing the hotel circuit in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, but the gifted songwriter and performer quickly discovered that niether city was the ideal backdrop for an aspiring country and western performer.

"Within six months of playing in Los Angeles, I realized country music wasn't very popular. Country music is what I write, perform and love," she said.

In an attempt to find her musical identity, Bovetti moved back to her hometown of San Francisco. There, in the city where she had discovered and honed her musical talent, Bovetti met an unexpected mentor through a neighbor.

"My next-door neighbor had a cousin by the name of Joni Harms, a very well-known country and western songwriter and performer," Bovetti said. "Joni convinced me to visit out to Nashville."

That brief visit to Nashville changed the course of Bovetti's musical career. Harms introduced Bovetti to her publisher and some influential writers who saw the San Franciscan's potential. Bovetti knew what she had to do next.

"I went back to San Francisco, but I couldn't forget Nashville," she said. "I fell in love with that town. Three months later I moved out there, and I've been here (in Nashville) now for the last three years."

Among her many accomplishments, Bovetti was instrumental in establishing "Chicks With Picks," a monthly show that features female songwriters in the Nashville area.

Bovetti appears regularly at the Caffeine, the legendary Bluebird Cafe and numerous other venues. This year marks her second appearance at the Frank Brown International Songwriting Festival.
- Pelican


Currently working in the studio on an EP with producer, Karyn Rochelle, in Nashville, TN.


Feeling a bit camera shy


What makes Larissa Bovetti different yet familiar? Is it her stylistic blend of folk and country, songs that come from the heart, and that, "her music is uplifting and often expresses vulnerability that is a hallmark of fine work" says fellow musician, Paul Cuneo.

Growing up in the Bovetti Family had its unique advantages. With a father who worked in the Foreign Service, Larissa was introduced to many different cultures and a love for music. With her family listening to musical legends like Emmy Lou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Joan Baez and Dolly Parton, there were no limitations on what she could do with music. Before she was even a teenager Larissa started writing and playing music, learning to play the piano and guitar. Her family was thrilled with her talents and encouraged her to pursue them.

After graduation with a fellowship in Music Composition from UC-Santa Barbara and showcasing in L. A. and San Francisco, Larissa decided it was time to try her hand at Nashville's music scene. Meeting fellow songwriters and honing her craft has been a wonderful experience for this Californian. Bovetti has been an active ASCAP member, performing in several ASCAP songwriter showcases in Nashville and New York, and with her band both in Nashville and back home in California. Bovetti hosts a monthly female writers showcase in Nashville called CHICKS WITH PICKS, a show that encourages and supports local female writers. Some of the featured writers they've had include Karyn Rochelle (who penned Trisha Yearwood's "Georgia Rain"), Tia Sillers (who penned "I Hope You Dance"), Georgia Middleman, Deanna Bryant, Liz Hengber & Bonnie Baker. Bovetti is a regular at the San Diego County Fair during it's Fourth of July celebration. She has also graced many coveted stages in LA including Genghis Cohen, and for the nationwide female singer showcase, Chick Singer Night, at Tangier. Her most rewarding performance has been for a Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation benefit in Nashville, TN. Playing throughout the music city, including the legendary Bluebird Cafe, this songbird is here to stay.

Real life experiences are what Larissa writes her music about. "Kiss Me is a song I wrote about myself expressing my feelings for someone. It's very honest." In an invitation sent out by one of Larissa's fans, they had this to say, "She has this song, I think it is called Kiss Me, that I just wait for. She sings that song and you feel like you're the only one in the room with her..." It is one of her many songs that everyone understands.