Entrevista Giada Valenti
Singer and songwriter Giada Valenti is recognized for her special voice and great stage presence. With her latest CD, And I Love You So, and live show, entitled Tribute To Love, Giada is bringing her romantic music and her elegant style to music fans worldwide. She currently selling out in Performing Arts Centers all over the United States, with a show where she takes her audience on a romantic musical journey performing love songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s, combined with several of her own penned songs.
Born and raised in Venice, Italy, Giada Valenti started to sing and play piano at the age of seven. She began touring professionally with a band by age twelve. She studied piano and music theory at the Santa Cecilia music school in Venice and got her music degree at the G. Tartini in Trieste. While she was studying psychology at the University of Padova, she met the love of her life and moved to The Netherlands. She participated in the song contest “San Remo New Talents in the World”, a contest held annually for Italians living abroad and won with her pop ballad Solo Con Te (Only With You). This led to a record contract with BMG in The Netherlands and had several hits in the charts. One of her songs was even used in a radio and television commercial for Piaggio scooters.
When in 2004 her music got serious interest from a major record label in New York, she made a bold career move and decided to spend most of her time in United States. In December 2005, Giada’s self-released CD Italian Signorina was launched in the USA to great reviews. Italian Signorina featured the song Caruso that Giada performed on the red carpet at the Columbus Day Parade in New York City in 2005, 2006, and 2007 in New York City. Giada has performed a selection of songs of her new CD And I Love You So at the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 edition of this parade, and was featured on NBC4 and ABC7 Television.
In October 2008 Giada was named Woman of the Year by the Organization of Italian Charities In America. In February 2010 she was honored by the Commision for Social Justice of the Order Sons of Italy in America for being a good Italian role model. In October of 2011 Giada was awarded the Merit of Honor by the Borough President of Queens, NY for her outstanding cultural contribution to the Italian community in the USA. Producer Sonny Grosso and fourteen times Grammy winning record producer Phil Ramone selected Giada for a role in the Broadway musical Be My Love, based on the life story of tenor Mario Lanza.
Over the past five years, Giada also performed her own original shows La Dolce Vita Swings and Moonlight & Romance, in sold out-theatres in New York. During these shows, she takes her audience on a journey across the Atlantic, singing the most beautiful Italian and American love songs. In June 2007, with her show Tribute To The European Divas, Giada made her debut at one of the most exclusve places to perform in the U.S.: Feinstein’s at the Regency in New York City, where she has become a regular. In 2009 Giada made her debut in Atlantic City with a sold out concert at the Hilton Casino & Resort.