For more than a decade, I have been sharing a personal connection with my fans. From my evolution as a songwriter to my performances with legendary artists and work with the healing benefits of music & sound, I invite my listeners to relate their own life experiences and journey we are all on together.
I believe that positive music can make the world a better place and I have been on a mission to inspire the listener take heart and take action with music that is fun, fresh, upbeat and thought provoking. For the past 12 years, I have been writing and performing songs that make a difference through positive, empowering lyrics at venues across the country and internationally. My 4th CD, The Italian Project is my first transatlantic project that includes collaboration with my new friends and immensely talented musical colleagues in Italy.
I thank my friends and family members who have been on this musical journey with me for more than a decade. Starting as as primarily a jazz standards performer and evolving into an indie singer/songwriter with deep Americana, jazz, roots rock and blues influences could not have happened without the support of friends, family and fans along the way.
Lisa Bell, who has a B.A. in Vocal Performance from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, has performed as the opening act for the JVC Winter Park Jazz Festival, on the same bill as Christopher Cross and Boney James. She also played as the opening act twice for guitar great Stanley Jordan, as well as for Oleta Adams and has been featured in “Jazz On The Tracks” performances aboard scenic trains touring through the Rocky Mountains. She performs across the country at venues large and small, and has toured Italy with her original music.
We were having a conversation with a band mate Larry Thompson during a rehearsal one day about how you have to be impeccable with your word, and that the world needs more positive thoughts in action. He said a phrase to me that became the basis for this song: “What you bring to the table is what you eat!” Lisa Simmons immediately said “That’s a song, we can use it!” Larry said “yeah but if you write a hit song you owe me money!” We interpreted that phrase to mean that you have to bring your best to every aspect of your life, and “Bring the Love” to each and every conversation.
I read a statistic that said in the past year, 70% of all marriages came about as a result of people meeting online. I was blown away by that statistic and came to the writing group with the concept of a song that describes what it would be like to meet the “cyber romance figure” in person for the first time. Will the excitement of the online romance continue in person and will true love ensue?
Over lunch one day last spring in Boulder, Lisa Simmons asked Marco for a phrase we could use in Italian for a song. He told us a story about ancient Greco-Italian relations. From Wikipedia: “Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1861, immediately upon Italy’s unification. More than two millennia of shared heritage and Greco-Italian relations have led to the Italian language statement “Una Faccia Una Razza” (One Face, One Race). We took the phrase and ran with it, creating a song about how we must all respect the vast cultural and physical differences within the world, treating everyone as an equal, as “we are all the same beneath.”