Singer/songwriter Angela DiPalantino is on a mission to redefine “Pop Star.” With a sound as intimate as it is bold, and lyrics as honest as they are empowering, Angela’s arsenal of talent attracts fans of all ages across a number of genres. At just 21,...
Singer/songwriter Angela DiPalantino is on a mission to redefine “Pop Star.” With a sound as intimate as it is bold, and lyrics as honest as they are empowering, Angela’s arsenal of talent attracts fans of all ages across a number of genres. At just 21, her passion for writing and performing her own music has taken her from the confines of her bedroom and studio to stages and venues like the Kimmel Center and PNC Field. Angela has shared stages with legendary performers such as Patti LaBelle and Teddy Pendergrass, in addition to numerous local favorites from the City of Brotherly Love.Hailing from Philadelphia, this Temple University graduate is one of the latest sensational music exports from a city rippling with talent. Her unique spin on pop/rock also makes her an immediate favorite with her fans, establishing Angela as a female musical force to be reckoned with. The sing-along sound of her music runs the gamut from adult contemporary to soft rock, folk-pop to acoustic soul and back again. Along with her band, Angela’s intimately dynamic live shows also leave audiences spellbound time and again. Angela recently released her self-titled debut EP, which she continues to promote with a building list of gigs and concerts that include such venues as Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live and Tin Angel, New York’s Kenny’s Castaways, and even a headlining performance at the Ocean Grove Music Festival (New Jersey) in May 2009.Along with her deep songwriting, the seemingly effortless style and sound Angela masters has drawn comparisons to superstars like Jewel, Taylor Swift, Lisa Loeb, Duffy and Tracy Chapman. Growing up, Angela studied an array of music and dance styles, including tap, jazz, and hip-hop dance, classical, blues and musical theater performance, as well as classical flute. Drawing inspiration as a youngster from pop idols Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, and Celine Dion, Angela has prepared to carve her own unique niche next to her female music contemporaries as she sets her sights on making her name synonymous with honest, youthful, female empowering music!
High Hopes for Angela by PHILLY.com Angela DiPalantino grew up singing and playing the flute, and her experience won her a spot as a backup vocalist for Patti LaBelle and Teddy Pendergrass during a concert two years ago at the Kimmel...
New Music Sensation Angela DiPalantino by PhatGuru.com Angela DiPalantino, Philadelphia’s newest pop/rock sensation, is continuing her ascent as a bubbling-under artist with new music and upcoming live performances. The singer/songwriter just released...
High Hopes for Angela by PHILLY.com Angela DiPalantino grew up singing and playing the flute, and her experience won her a spot as a backup vocalist for Patti LaBelle and Teddy Pendergrass during a concert two years ago at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
DiPalantino, 21, also joined a few bands, but she was looking for something different.
I wanted my own music, my own band and my own material," she said.
Last summer, she went to Manayunk's Young Modern Records studio and produced a five-song EP (extended play) record, which debuted in November. The record-release party at the Tin Angel in Old City was a sellout.
Since then, she has headlined the Ocean Grove Music Festival in North Jersey and performed at the North Star, Kildare's Irish Pub in Manayunk and at Temple University's Cherry Pit.
She has sung the Star-Spangled Banner at Temple basketball games and at a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees minor-league baseball game. She's gotten some airplay on WHIP, a Temple station.
About a month ago, she was among 30 acts that played at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., as part of an NBC-10 promotion.
Last week, she played at World CafŽ Live on Walnut Street.
I love performing. I'm getting new people out, which is great," she said.
DiPalantino is joined on stage by drummer Mark Miller, guitarist Doug Evans and bassist Matt Lesinski. She was accompanied by Evans, a Fox Chase resident, at a more intimate July 23 show at World CafŽ Live.
The young pop singer and her band mates practice regularly at Miller's home on Witler Street in Bustleton. Miller is in a band called Rushmore, and DiPalantino can be heard on the group's CD.
It's a good collaboration, they agree. She's able to write material to their sound, and they're able to play music to her words.
We work really well together," DiPalantino said.
COMMUNICATIONS OR SHOW BIZ?
The singer, who turns 22 in August, lives in Huntingdon Valley. She graduated in May from Temple with a degree in broadcasting, telecommunications and mass media.
When she was younger she took part in classic flute competitions and studied with a voice coach. She also has danced for 13 years, specializing in tap, jazz and hip-hop.
While in bands, she had the opportunity to play at the John Coltrane Jazz Festival at the Awbury Arboretum in Germantown. She also played at Kenney's Castaways in New York and at Lickety Split and O.N.E. at Rittenhouse, both in Philadelphia.
As a bartender, she would occasionally join cover bands onstage. Her favorite artists are Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift and Duffy, a rock star based in Wales.
DiPalantino even tried out for TV's American Idol on two occasions, including auditions held in Philadelphia two summers ago. The experience left her with the impression that the show looked for singers with gimmicks.
During her first attempt - when she was 16, the minimum age to try out for the popular FOX show - DiPalantino slept outside the studio in Cleveland, and her mom suffered from heat exhaustion. The singer did not last long in front of the talent screeners.
They cut you off after, like, eleven seconds; they don't even pay attention to you," she said, describing her trip as the "worst experience ever.
A better experience was being part of the 2007 show at the Kimmel Center, Teddy 25: A Celebration of Life, Hope & Possibilities. The tribute show celebrated the life of singer Pendergrass, a Philly native, during the 25 years since he was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident on Lincoln Drive.
DiPalantino, a backup singer during the musical tribute, likes life on the stage, but she also enjoys writing music. "I like to write about relationships," she said. "Writing music is therapeutic.
IT'S ALL ABOUT SELLING YOURSELF
In an effort to build a fan base, she tries to be interactive. Her current single, Harmony, is available at the newly created Web site myspace.com/angeladipalantino
While music fans may not be going to record stores as often as they once did, they are going online to purchase songs. "Album sales are down, but opportunities are up," she said.
The songstress is writing more music. She describes the sound as contemporary pop mixed with vintage styles.
The lyrics are something that everyone can relate to. They attract all ages," she said.
The aspiring singer has a public-relations representative, Jon Pierre, as well as two sponsors, Herbal Water and Rusted Custom Apparel. Miller, the drummer, is her manager and handles bookings. She will attend concerts by Rushmore and other bands to build her name recognition.
It's a matter of networking and getting people's attention," she said. "You definitely have to be a people person in this industry.
Miller believes DiPalantino will be a successful singer because she connects with audiences and promotes a fun atmosphere at her shows. She has proved that she can draw fans to her live shows, Miller said, and he calls her a natural pop singer.
She's tried and true," he said. "She has a refreshing sound. The market is open. It's only a matter of time until somebody notices.
In addition to singing, she offers voice lessons and works as a pharmacy technician at a CVS store.
DiPalantino continues to write material in an effort to sustain a two-hour set on the stage. She might do another EP, but she is focusing more on live gigs, hopeful of breaking into the New York market in the fall and adding shows at coffeehouses. One show she especially looks forward to is a return to Kildare's on Sept. 24.
At 21, she has plenty of time to find the best writers and producers in the music industry, and to grow as an artist.
I'm developing myself," she said. "I'm not being molded by a record label. I'm coming up with original music. It's a good learning experience. My ultimate goal is to reach people on a national level.
New Music Sensation Angela DiPalantino by PhatGuru.com Angela DiPalantino, Philadelphia’s newest pop/rock sensation, is continuing her ascent as a bubbling-under artist with new music and upcoming live performances. The singer/songwriter just released her infectious single “Harmony” to sensational online reviews, and has garnered Top 20 recognition for MTV’s VMA Best Breakout Philly competition, which continues through this week on OurStage.com.
Additionally, Angela will perform a special acoustic set at Philadelphia’s World Café Live for The Hype Presents: The Next Level on Thursday, July 23, at 7PM Downstairs Live. Other upcoming live performances include Kildare’s (Manayunk) with artists Lindsay Pagano and Valerie Nicole Band on September 24 at 9PM.
This continues a string of performances for the breakout artist who has built a solid online following, and has already performed alongside legends like Patti LaBelle, as well as numerous local favorites at popular venues such as Philadelphia’s North Star Bar and Tin Angel, New York’s Kenny’s Castaways, and a headlining performance at the Ocean Grove Music Festival. Single “Harmony” builds on the intimate, lyrical and catchy sound that has garnered the magnetic artist comparisons to superstars like Taylor Swift and Jewel.