When you mix inspired passion, innate chops, and a childhood dream all together, it can make for one very powerful potion, and fledgling upstart and indie singer/songwriter Alisa Boniello is a talented fusion of all the above.
Boniello burst on the music scene last year with her infectious debut single/video LOVESTRUCK, and has followed that up with a brand new digital single/ video of her rock/pop tinged saga, CAN’T LOVE ME. The video premiered (3/2) and has already eclipsed 86,000 views on youtube.com. The single was released digitally on April 2nd via CDBaby.com.
Boniello co-wrote CAN’T LOVE ME with noted songwriter, producer, arranger, and musician Ron Haney (Alicia Keys, Drake). Haney also produced, engineered, and mixed the track. The song chronicles a relationship that goes south after a woman discovers her lover has cheated and can’t offer her unrequited love. The video was filmed in New York and was directed by Joel Fendelman for Fendelman Films.
Boniello and Haney also collaborated on three other new songs, “Lover’s Lament,” a frenetic high-energy rock driven saga, “Bang Bang,” an upbeat pop tale of challenged love, and “Century” a mid-tempo drama of love gone wrong and dealing with a broken heart.
Boniello, who was raised in the town of Somers in Westchester County, NY, started taking classical piano lessons at age 5, and was singing in locally produced musicals by 12. In college, she coupled her years of training as a classical pianist with singing, and graduated with a BA degree in Classical Voice.
Within weeks after graduating with a BA degree from Hunter College (May 2011), the native New Yorker teamed up with Grammy Award winning songwriter/producer Barry Eastmond (Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Anita Baker, to name a few) and they collaborated on four songs, “Lovestruck,” “(When Will) Love Feel Real,” “Why,” and “That Kind Of Girl.” Eastmond produced the first three songs. Boniello and Eastmond co-wrote “That Kind Of Girl,” with songwriter/producer Wendell Hanes (Mya, Brand Nubian, Cheri Dennis), and Eastmond shared co-producing credits with Hanes and Dan Kramer on the track.
“Lovestruck” was released independently by Boniello as an EP in May 2012. The title track was released as a single and video and led to Boniello’s debut live performance showcase in New York. The showcase was taped and broadcast online as a Valentine’s Day music special.
Over the past two years, Boniello has been exploring her love for contemporary pop/soul music writing original songs and fusing her high soprano vocal prowess with her skills as a pianist. She also started cutting her teeth as a live performer, appearing at open mic nights and gigging in clubs around the city, such as the Waltz Astoria in Queens; the Sidewalk Café; Desmond’s Tavern; 169 Bar; and Drom.
“I’m continuing to develop my songwriting and artistry,” admitted Boniello, “and feel lucky to have collaborated such talented songwriters/producers as Ron Haney and Barry Eastmond.”
“It has been challenging to get my music out there, but I hope my songs will give people a chance to feel some of the joy that I’ve felt in writing and recording them,” she added.