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A Winged Voice Soars
16-Sep-2008
Written by: John Berkowitz

Keep an eye out for Lisa Gentile.

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay. My, oh my what a wonderful day. These were the words that came to mind to describe the upbeat and cleansing feeling that quelled within after listening to the folk rock tales of Syracuse native, Lisa Gentile. Of the limited selections of her repertoire available online, I was pleasantly surprised by what I heard.

Lisa’s music is quite heterogeneous as she shakes up the rhythms and tempos throughout to always keep us guessing. This young singer/songwriter writes beautiful lyrics that are poetic and swift with a packed punch. Her words dance in front of us from the cast of her sweet and heavenly divine voice like flames on candles through a gust of wind.

Lisa gives her music life through this brilliant orchestration. Her music is a form of storytelling following a similar artistic technique used by Billy Joel throughout his body of work. Hearing stories in this controlled medium was an extraordinary aural experience that was like a cup of chicken noodle soup that soothed the soul. Lisa’s talents are equally matched by a superb auxiliary behind her to whisk us away.

One thing to admire about Lisa is her active stance and participation in charity events. Using her music for the common good, is there anything else more selfless and stunning? I have to say, playing folk rock in an urban environment from a self proclaimed cowgirl is pretty gutsy. I think her stellar body of work and heartfelt passion embedded into every note and word in her graceful music is a strong indication that Lisa is a fresh musician on the rise. - The Celebrity Cafe (www.theCelebrityCafe.com


Backed by a great band, singer Lisa Gentile showed why one year ago she walked away with the Sammy for best country CD.

On the very stage on which she accepted that Sammy, Gentile displayed that she's the proud owner of fine original songs that sound as great live as they do on CD. "Sweet on You" is as catcjy a love ballad as most of the stuff on contemporary country radio these days. And live, Gentile's got plenty of it-factor. She charmed the fans who were crowding into the shade in front of the stage with an easy way.

And with Jake Cappozolo on bass, Robbie Spagnoletti on drums, Bill Berry on keyboards and Joe Beccheria on guitar, Gentile also showcased a rocking side with covers "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" and "Let Your Love Flow." - Syracuse Post Standard


The beautiful Lisa Gentile has come up with 3 songs that are decidedly crossover country, on the same trail that Shania blazed, with at least as lovely a voice.

'Jenny and Mickey' could be her best vocal work of the three. 'Jenny she was 16. It was 1964. She moved out to the city cause she wanted something more. All the boys said she was pretty and damn that girl could sing. Her mamma said "Hey Jennie, you can do just about anything." Jenny wanted to fly, so Jennie jumped up real high. She wanted to dance. She wanted to sing. She wanted to be freer than free.'

By the time you're through with that 2nd song, you'll seriously wonder why you've not heard of Lisa. Perhaps you have. You should. She's super - and luckily not just by voice. The recording of this single is crisp and professionally produced.

The full cd is finally out, so you should really check it. Especially if you're not wholly into country, but like just a Little fiddle in your 'Ready To Roll.' Because remember - all the best girls go country. - Music Dish E Journal (www.musicdish.com)


After a three-month summer hiatus, Lisa Gentile’s popular “Music Mavericks” Open Mic will begin its third season at Opus Lounge & Restaurant, 218 Walton St., in Armory Square. Music Mavericks will reconvene at 8 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 15, and will run weekly on Wednesdays thereafter. Sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m., and the music continues until to 11:30 p.m. Appetizers will be available throughout. There is no cover charge.

Grand piano
“I decided to kick it up a notch this season by moving to Opus Lounge which has an actual stage, a built-in sound system and best of all a grand piano,” Gentile said. “It’s a gorgeous, classy venue and by having a piano, this will only enhance the diversity of performers that Music Mavericks attracts each week and continue to expand our community of talented musicians who grow and support one another in this nurturing and artistic environment.”

Another twist that makes this open mic special is the fact that each session has a special theme. For instance the Oct. 15 Music Mavericks will focus on songs by Bob Dylan.

Weekly themes
“Each week a well-known artist or theme is chosen for the evening and performers are encouraged to bring in their covers of, or their own originals inspired by that specific artist or theme,” Gentile said. “However, performers are not required to stick with the theme and are welcome to perform any material they would like.”

The upcoming themes for the next four weeks are: Oct 15: songs of Bob Dylan, Oct. 22: songs of Jackson Browne, Oct. 29: Halloween songs, Nov. 5: The sounds of county music.

Music Mavericks is sponsored by WAER-FM 88.3. “Ms. Gentile brings a great energy to the table,” said the station’s general manager, Joe Lee. “I want to expose our listeners to the new and innovative local music that’s available to our listeners as well as the Syracuse community.” For station information, visit: waer.org.

Sammy-winner
Lisa Gentile, who describes herself as “an urban cowgirl with soul,” is a Syracuse native who has worked the music business in New York City before returning here in 2006. She has recorded and performed extensively across America, releasing three CDs. In 2007, Gentile won a Syracuse Area Music Award for Best Country Recording. She recently founded her own charity organization “Music Heals20 CNY.”

Check her out at lisagentiel.com or myspace.com/lisagsings.
Gentile presently performs with a well-experienced band including Jake Cappozolo on bass, Robbie Spagnoletti on drums, Bill Berry on keyboards and Joe Beccheria on guitar. She’s also writing and recording her fourth CD, “This Crickety Old House.”
For information on the upcoming open mic nights or to contact Lisa directly, visit mysapce.com/musicmavericks or e-mail lisa@ lisagentiel.com.

A scathing song
If you read the trades or log onto music sites online, you know it’s a struggle to score in show biz. But Lisa Gentile knows it from personal experience.
The talented Syracuse gal has starred in plays and TV commercials, appeared on “Star Search,” and practically grew up in recording studios because her dad, Mickey Gentile, and mom, Jennifer Lambpert, both worked for Motown Records.

Along the way, certain manager types have made passes…and made promises they failed to keep.

Gentile could have simply walked away from those sad situations and moved on, but no, she did what all great tunesmiths do: she turned the hurt into a song, and a scathing song it is:

‘Guys Like You’
Lyrics and music by Lisa Gentile:
Come with me baby I’m gonna make you a star
But you’ve got to be willing to work real hard
It’s a risky business with hits and misses
and it can be like Halloween some nights in parts of this here town
But I know how to find my way around
The sleaze and the cheese so stick with me
And I think we should get a drink baby
First of all who said you could call me “baby”
Secondly I don’t let guys like you save me
It’s no wonder your belly’s so fat
Mine would be if I ate like that, baby
Now I don’t really care if you’re a millionaire
Or how hard you worked just to get yourself there
That’s not what I’m all about
I’ve got you all figured out in my pretty little head
That’s what you said the night you tried to get me into your bed
I bet you don’t remember it ’cause you were so high
First of all who said you could call me baby
Secondly I don’t let guys like you play me
Well I hear your pockets jingling
But your Armani’s wrinkling, baby
What are the consequences
What are the best defenses
Just what kind of message am I sending
Boy you’re gonna sleep alone tonight
’Cause it’s guys like you that just waste my time
My sweet, sweet time
Now why don’t you go home and try and save your life
Before you wake up one day and you’ve got no wife
And your daughter’s well there running all around the globe
Meeting guys like you wherever they go
And by the way I ain’t changing my name
Lying ’bout my age or trying to look the same
As the chicks on the covers of those magazines
I don’t even read anyway
First of all who said you could call me baby
Secondly I don’t let guys like you save me
It’s no wonder your belly’s so fat
Mine would be if I ate like that, baby
What are the consequences
What are the best defenses
Just what kind of message am I sending
Boy you’re gonna sleep alone tonight
’Cause it’s guys like you that just waste my time
Just waste my time
Just waste my time
Guys like you just waste my time

Elegant Opus
The nightclub at which Gentile’s Music Mavericks will make their stand every Hump Day night is Opus Lounge & Restaurant, at 218 Walton St. It opens at 5 p.m. daily except Sundays.

The classy bistro features two elegantly quaint floors with comfy nooks and crannies. Friends often gather there over gourmet appetizers and premium spirits, or occasionally reserve one of Opus’ lower-level tables for a more intimate dinner and bottle of wine.
During dinner hours every Friday and Saturday night, Opus presents some of the area’s best live piano and acoustic acts. To call Opus, dial 701-1351. - The City Eagle Newspaper


Hot as a description for music assumed a different denotation during the downright sweltering 2008 Syracuse New TimesSyracuse Area Music Awards, held June 6 during downtown’s Taste ofSyracuse event at the corner of West Washington and South Franklinstreets. Yet 90-degree-plus temperatures that would make Dante’s Infernofeel like a Baskin-Robbins didn’t stop new and veteran musicians fromcoming together and offering a smorgasbord comprising the best of thelocal scene.
This year’s SNT Sammys festivities included the 11th run of the annual music award show (the first of which was held in 1993 at the Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St.), as well as eight hour-long sets of music that showcased the diversity of the Syracuse circuit held throughout the day. A headlining performance by alt-rockers Simplelife carried the good vibes of theparty into the more tepid evening.
Grupo Pagan, local Latin favorites andlast year’s winner of the Best Recording for Other Styles Award, kickedoff the sets, accompanied by rock diva Ashley Cox. The group prefaced the day’s high temperatures with a mixture of spicy tunes, including “Oye La Musica,” from the band’s self-released album Save the World. Percussionist Josh Dekaney weathered the heat especially well, shining with licks deserving of comparisons to Michael Shrieve, the drummer who stole the show during Santana’s 1969 Woodstock performance.

Roosevelt Dean brings cool blues guitar riffs to the hot Sammys stage as a Hall of Fame inductee. Michael Davis photo.

The soulful sounds of Five to Life then drew the audience toward its spiritual inclinations. The a capella gospel fivesome, which won the 1999 award for Best Inspirational or Gospel Act, praised the lord and inspired one audience member to stand in front of the stage and testify. It was likely due to the deeply moving sentiments in songs like “Jesus Left the Water At the Well” and“Love Lifted Me” that caused the band’s fan to throw his arms into the air and sing along with the lyrics.
On an entirely separate musical plane,local rapper Oxburg, who later received the honor of Best Hip-Hop or Rap recording artist, brought his sprawling posse on stage to represent. Of course, what would a Sammys award show be without an appearance by omnipresent rap guru DooWiTTle, who introduced the newcomer on stage. Likewise, C-Lite, a colleague of DooWiTTle and Oxburg, also introduced the artist, who then played a high-energy set that showcased “Ox” as the cooler, more suave component of DooWiTTle’s hip-hop coterie.
As the afternoon’s crowd started to trickle in to sample the Taste of Syracuse’s dollar dreams, Bobby Green performed a variety of funked-up blues tunes, including a cover of Maxwell’s 1996 hit “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder).” Green demonstrated his amazing ability to sit in a groove and jam until the cows come home, which is, apparently, on any given stage. Green, who has been known locally as a legendary guitarist for the past five decades, won the award for Best Soul or Rhythm’n’Blues Instrumentalist or Vocalist in 2001, and was inducted into the Sammys Hall of Fame in 2005.
Lisa Gentile, local pop-country afficionado and winner of 2007’s Best Country award, performed a genuine, heartfelt set that featured the airy “Sweet On You,” a tune from her EP 3 (Padre Music). Gentile’s performance also included an impulsive rendition of her tune “Tell Him How You Like It,”a feminine call to arms that describes the methodology women should use to instruct their man in sexual matters.

Lisa Gentile, country singer-songwriter, performs asoul-searing set during the Sammys’ day of musical acts. Michael Davis photo. - Syracuse New Times Newspaper


Discography

Lisa's released three independent CD's, "Becoming", The EP "Three" and "A Very Country Compilation" which won a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Country Recording.

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Lisa Gentile is a Syracuse native and national recording artist who recently returned to her roots after living in New York City for many years. She has recorded with top producers and performed extensively throughout the country releasing three critically acclaimed CD’s, her latest of which won the 2006 Syracuse Area Music Award for Best Country Recording (A Country Compilation). Time Out Magazine, NY calls Lisa “an urban cowgirl with soul who inspires quite effortlessly with a stunning voice that soars and takes you along for the ride."

Lisa is actively involved in the Central New York Music community. She produces shows regularly throughout CNY, hosts the popular Open Mic “Music Mavericks” sponsored by WAER Public Radio and heads up a non- profit endeavor “Music Heals CNY” which provides healing through bedside performances and benefit concerts.

Lisa’s been performing since an early age in various Syracuse local productions including the lead role in Annie at Salt City Playhouse and several Syracuse Stage productions. At 10 Lisa's family transplanted to New York City so she could fully pursue a career in show business. It wasn't long before Lisa was starring in national commercials, plays and even won a couple episodes of Star Search with a perfect score. She studied at the acclaimed HS of Performing Arts and received her BA in Arranging and Composition from Bard College.

Growing up in a very musical family, Lisa is no stranger to the music industry and gives most of the credit to her parents. She's been exposed to and involved in most aspects of "show business" and music production since 8 years old. The daughter of Mickey Gentile, a legendary producer, writer and arranger at Motown Records for artists including Marvin Gay, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes. Her mother, Jennifer Lambert enjoyed a successful writing and recording career of her own on Motown and Decca Records.

The Lisa Gentile Band is made up of veteran musicians Bill Barry (Stroke, Sharp Dressed Penguins, Joey Molland/Badfinger, Terry Sylvester/The Hollies) Piano, Hammond B3, keyboards, Back-Up Vocals; Joe Beccheria (Stroke, Sharp Dressed Penguins) on Guitar; Darro Sparky Sandler (Joey Molland/Badfinger, Terry Sylvester/The Hollies, Jimmy Normand/The Coasters, Jerry & Jimmy Vivino/Conan O'Brian Band) on Drums; and Jake Capozolo (Sharp Dressed Penguins, Prestige) on Bass and Backi-Up Vocals. The Lisa Gentile Band delivers plugged in country-esque, pop-rock show-stopping performances that include a mix of original and popular covers to entertain audiences of all ages.