MP3 GIOIA - Flawless
Modern pop featuring strong hooks, catchy melodies and meaningful lyrics. Will get you singing along, while pleasing your dancing soul as well.
9 MP3 Songs in this album (37:15) !
Related styles: Pop: with Electronic Production, Electronic: Electro, Solo Male Artist
People who are interested in Adam Lambert Rob Thomas meets Madonna Seal should consider this download.
Produced by Marc Soucy and Surefire Music Group.
Read what the critics are saying...
If there’s one thing I can say about Frank Gioia, or simply Gioia (pronounced ‘joy-ah’, which means ‘joy’ in Italian), the man is truly persistent. Not in the bad way persistent, but the ‘I-know-what-I-want-and-do-what-it-takes-to-get-it’ persistent.
Since New Year’s Eve, I’ve received e-mails from Gioia, and yes, sometimes a writer gets caught up in deadlines, other responsibilities and piles of other CDs as well (Hey, I’m not perfect!). What stands out from the rest is Gioia’s continuous follow-up…the man knows that he needs to be heard, and today, folks, he’s gonna get it.
While listening to his preliminary sophomore album, “Flawless”, set to release the end of this year, I read through his bio, and man, let me tell you, this guy got his grind on when it comes to music. Talk about going through some great lengths to finally find the true path to your destiny.
A Boston native, Gioia fell in love with music early on, singing by age 12 and later pursuing the dreams of being in the biz. As noted, Gioia “invested thousands of dollars into a business deal that his producer was undertaking to launch an indie record label”. Sadly, Gioia was scammed out of his hard-earned dollars from working as a waiter, and as “the real world” came a-calling, Gioia was swept into the work world, working as a restaurant manager while taking care of his family.
Dreams never go too far, especially when it’s truly meant to be, and yes, for Gioia, this holds true. It wasn’t until that one fateful night (I’ve always wanted to say that line!!) that Gioia realized music was his calling.
Driving home late one night from work, Gioia fell asleep behind the wheel and ended up crashing, after flipping over seven times. I won’t get into details of just how badly he was injured, but let’s just say that if he needed life support, then he was really messed up. In the midst of it all, Gioia says that he was visited by a “supportive spiritual presence” that let him know he’d be just fine.
If that’s not a wake-up call, I don’t know what is, and with that experience, Gioia pursued music once again.
On “Flawless”, which currently has eight tracks (more to be added), my first thought was, “this guy reminds me of Adam Lambert.” (Yes, I like “Whataya Want From Me”.) It’s got a very pop/dance type of vibe going on, with a dash of rock (such as the song “Real”) that’s very catchy.
There’s a bit of upbeat tunes, as well as slower ones, such as “Angel on your Shoulder”, which was inspired by Gioia’s near-death experience. I really liked the chorus of the song, “Don’t you know there’s an angel on your shoulder, fighting by your side. Life can turn around (in an instant) don’t you say goodbye.”
“The Fire Rages On”, featuring Lynne Hajjar is a sad song about the rainforest being burned – “The raindrops falling from the sky, all the tears of nature as she cries. Life was abundant here, but now it’s gone. Raindrops falling down, fire rages on.” Though sad, the track has a very positive message to be more environmentally aware – “So, this is our demand, stop misusing this land. Progress and caring must go hand-in-hand…”
Overall, “Flawless” has a little bit of everything to ‘enjoy-ah.’ So, Gioia, the persistency definitely worked!
For more on Gioia, visit https://www.tradebit.com.
Author: Erika Y. Gradecki
Indie Music Digest
Nominated for CD of the year
Album: 6 song EP. Songs from the upcoming CD "Flawless"
Label: Surefire Music Group
Genre: Dance, Trance, Electronica-Pop
Sounds Like: Justin Timberlake, George Michael, Ricky Martin
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Real, Free
Male vocalist, singe/songwriter Gioia gives us a sneak preview of his upcoming sophomore release “Flawless” via this 6 song EP sampler. "Flawless" is to be released later on this year. Gioia hails from Boston, Massachusetts and there is a powerful story behind this latest release. Gioia was recently involved in a car accident, and during the recovery process he wrote the lyrics and melody for one of the songs on this sampler entitled : “Angel on your Shoulder”. The song itself was inspired by this recent spiritual and life changing event, but more importantly it’s a microcosm of what Gioias'' message is all about. Gioias'' musical Influences include U2, Madonna, Rod Stewart, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga.
Logging in at just over 25 minutes this EP kicks off with “Angel on your Shoulder” an inspirational piece with a passionate vocal delivery reminiscent of a Justin Timberlake, or a soulful George Michael. This song is sung from a deeply personal and joyous perspective that cannot be faked no matter how hard you try. Track 2 “Angel Child” is a bit more upbeat with danceable rhythms, catchy vocal hooks and well placed harmonies. Gioias'' music has all the trademark of modern electronica dance pop – including rich sonic layering, pulsating dance grooves, and addictive vocal melodies that go down smooth. Track 3, my favorite piece “Real” kicks things into hi-gear with a bass groove that takes no prisoners. What’s amazing about “Real” is the presence of subtle psychedelic touches reminiscent of last 70’s disco. Despite its psychedelic flair “Real” manages to stay left of the line. This CD has a solid low end feel to it, and has a vibe that will clearly put you out on the dance floor. Gioia also gives us his wise perspective via his music, and vocal style that works extremely well. I might add Gioia takes some impressive vocal risks throughout this EP indicating a strong and confident vocal ability. Track 4 “Free” has an impressive Caribbean style intro, and flows and ebbs with brilliant musical liquidity. Clearly Gioia is an artist that’s not afraid to let it all hang out, and I get the impression he’s very comfortable in his skin here. The CD ends on a solid note with “Flawless” a song with another powerful message, and a grand slam chorus.
This 6 song EP sampler from Gioia is an impressive release. Gioia delivers 6 brilliant tracks that are fresh sounding, possessing solid dance grooves, and deliver subject matter that is upbeat, uplifting, and spiritual. From start to finish this sampler has a lot of mojo, and possesses no weaknesses that I can hear. My hats of to the entire production team which includes Surefire Music Group & Marc Soucy of AudioMusicVoice (Matrix, Susan Smith, Willow) It possesses a production value that is clearly professional grade from start to finish. But getting back to Gioia, there''s something very special about him. His music possesses an amazing amount of positive energy, and one can''t help but be uplifted by the whole musical experience. It''s quite exhilarating. What separates good artist from great ones. Sure talent is a big factor, but it’s also about the emotional impact delivered via their music and their message. It''s also about making that (singer to listener) connection, and typically the bigger the connection the bigger the artist becomes. In this respect Gioia clearly has a lot of potential as an artist. No doubt if his music were heard on a much larger scale it would no doubt render a massive fan base. As an artist Gioias'' music has much to offer, but most importantly his music delivers a message that is full of life, joy, and more importantly hope for all humanity. Almost as if as he has.........well an angel on his shoulders.
I look forward to hearing the full length CD later on this year.