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BIOGRAPHY  Joe Spinella
Joe Spinella was considered for a Grammy Award in three categories; Best New Artist, Song of the Year and Producer of the Year for 2013.  Joe Spinella was recently named one of the top 5 greatest new breed of tenors in the United States!
 
Joe Spinella, tenor, songwriter, conductor, is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, with a major in voice.  His tenor voice quality was described by Princeton’s weekly newspaper, Town Topics, as “a solid Metropolitan Opera level performer.”  Joe was discovered by, one of the Metropolitan Opera conductors and was invited to work with Metropolitan Opera coaches in NYC. This began his regular sessions with Joan Dorneman, Luciano Pavarotti’s vocal coach of thirty years and Mignon Dunn, retired MET Opera Star, now vocal instructor.
As a result of being a finalist in the Mario Lanza Vocal Competition held in NYC, Joe has been invited to perform for the San Genaro Italian Festival in Little Italy, NYC in September, 2014.
 
 Joe was interviewed and featured in “Popimpresska” magazine last year which is sold at newsstands in Manhattan.
 
Joe’s newest endeavor, Tenor of Illusions’ 'illusionAria,'  is a fusion of great Italian, Spanish and English music, with David Copperfield-style magic.  His show has been written about in U.S.A. Today, the Southwest Italian Magazine, U.S. News and World Report,  and the GIA Mondo newspaper which is distributed in the U.S., London, Switzerland and Italy.    A CD of music from the show is on sale now on i-Tunes and Amazon.com  He performed 'illusionAria' at the Charlotte Harbor Events and Conference Center in Punta Gorda in October of 2012, and 13 performances in Venice, Florida in March of 2013.  Scaled down versions of the show are now being booked for local venues.  
 
Joe began his training as a magician when he was six years old.  He went to magic school for three years at an early age.  From then on Joe has performed magic for private parties and college campuses. Joe has created many of his own original illusions were are now being used in the “illusionAria” show.
 
Joe recently was the headliner act this past November’s Lakewood Ranch “Festa Italia Festival” in Lakewood Ranch, FL. singing and performing magic for over 3000 people and will be the headliner act again in November of 2014.  
Joe has made numerous appearances, including most notably with “The Three World Tenors,” the Israeli Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta, and the Sarasota Opera.  Other guest appearances include the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Sarasota Orchestra, and multiple appearances with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.  He has also appeared as a guest soloist multiple times with the Anna Maria Island Orchestra, the Sarasota Pops, and the Sarasota Concert Band.   He sang for the 1996 Olympic Torch ceremony and created a CD, “Sparks of Fire,” to commemorate the 2000 Olympics.   Joe has performed in the international show, “The Three Waiters” which won 2006 Best Entertainment of the Year award.  Spinella also covered the role of Edgardo, in Lucia di Lammamoor for six performances in Israel with the Israeli Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta.
 
In addition to singing and magic, Joe has been guest director/conductor of the Sarasota Orchestra since 2009, which performs for all types of venues throughout Florida.  Joe Spinella’s talents and experience also include choral conducting, and theater.  He has held musical director positions in Longboat Key Florida: Music director, cantor and conductor for Temple Beth Israel from 1994-2008.  He also was the music director for the Longboat Island Chapel for nine years ending in 2008.
 
Joseph has made three singles in the crossover pop genre under the producing/songwriting talents of Joe Vulpis,  Lady  Gaga’s first songwriter and producer and the late Al Martino.  Joe Vulpis wrote two songs for Joe, “Trust in Me” and, “Never Stopped Loving You”.  These were both considered for Grammy Nominations in three categories.  Joseph also produced an album called, “Tenor of illusions”.  Produced by Joe Spinella and Michael Cochran which was released in 2012.
 
Currently Joe performs in many country clubs, yacht clubs, retirement centers, restaurants and special events.  Below is a list of the most recent venues.
 The Joe Spinella Show list of performances in Country Clubs, Retirement Centers, Yacht Clubs and Restaurants by Repeated clients last 2 years:
 
Italian American Club (Las Vegas)
FIORE Club (Las Vegas)
La Bella Napoli (Las Vegas)
La Grotta Italian Restaurant (NYC)
The Oaks Country Club (Osprey)
Bay Colony (Naples)
Michaels’ on East (Sarasota)
Longboat Key Club/Portofino’s Italian grill (Longboat Key)
Sarasota Bay Club (Sarasota)
The Ritz Carlton (Sarasota)
Café L’Europe (St Armands Circle)
Café Baci (Sarasota)
Bradenton Yacht Club (Palmetto)
Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club (Port Charlotte)
Sarasota Yacht Club (Sarasota)
Old Hickory Country Club (Ft. Myers)
Ortygia Sicilian Restaurant (Bradenton)
Biancas Italian Restaurant (N. Fort Myers)
Mona Lisa’s Italian Restaurant (Sarasota Meadows)
Continued:
Benny Bada Bings Italian Restaurant (Venice)
Mamma Leone’s (Venice)
Café Allegro (Venice )
Italian American Club (Venice)
Naples Tomato (Naples)
Trattoria Limoncello’s (Punta Gorda)
Piagellis’ Tuscan Grill (Naples)
Anthony’s Italian Grill (Bonita Springs)
Broadway Bar (Sarasota)
Donatello’s Italian Restaurant (Tampa)
Mama T’s Italian Restaurant
Chianti’s Italian Restaurant
 

 

 

 A CD of music from the show is on sale now at Amazon.com