Angela DePersia

Angela DePersia

The daughter of an Italian-American father and a Puerto Rican mother, both of whom grew up in the City of Camden, New Jersey, Angela’s rich and soulful vocal stylings pay consistent homage to the R&B, Latin and Jazz influences she was exposed to while growing up in this very musical household. Her father is a composer/producer and was the long time lead vocalist for the Latin Soul ensemble, CINTRON, and her mother spent several years as a performer in a Flamenco dance group. Prior to recording on her own, Angela had, on occasion, been a featured singer with CINTRON and she can be heard in their release, “Old School Philly,” which climbed to number one in late 2008 on the Music Choice International charts. She can also point to a successful appearance at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theatre in September 2008 among her list of early musical credits.

“Where Do We Go From Here?” was her first solo recording and the 10 song album includes a collection of 9 covers ranging from old classics like “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Fever,” and “You Got Me Hummin” to more contemporary pieces like Toby Lightman’s “Don’t Wake Me” and “Front Row.”

The title song, “Where Do We Go From Here?” has very strong significance for Angela and her family as it was written in 1952 by her late paternal grandfather for her grandmother. To further honor the important role that he played in her life, Angela dedicated that CD to his memory.

Angela released her second CD, La Dee Da, in 2010. This 8 song album included covers of the classic, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” together with 2 vintage Dionne Warwick songs “Are You There With Another Girl?” and “The Windows of the World.” Angela included the latter offering in memory of the tragedy of 9/11/01. The CD also includes a stirring version of Duffy’s “Syrup and Honey” along with four original recordings that help to reflect the diverse musical influences she has experienced in her life.

Angela’s third CD, Battle, was released in the spring of 2012. This offering included 10 original songs together with a new, more sophisticated rendering of the title song of her first CD retitled “From Here.” The title song and the first expected single, “What Love’s Supposed to Be” particularly showcase Angela’s strong hand at songwriter. In Battle, the listener is presented with a seriously beautiful melody and thought provoking lyrics that combine to create a powerful ballad about the tragedy of love gone wrong. “What Love’s Supposed to Be,” on the other hand, taps into completely different emotions as catchy phrasing and upbeat music paint the perfect picture of the hope and joy inherent in new romance. Battle also includes a couple of Bluesy numbers in “Late at Night” and the shuffling “Whenever I Go Out Walking” together with the haunting “When You Lose the One You Love,” the raucous rocker, “Stand Up and Face Me” and a heartfelt homage to her current hometown, “It’s Philadelphia, Baby!” The CD concludes with the short, personal a capella message, “Jersey Girls…Pump No Gas!”

With just 3 CDs under her belt, this 23 year old R&B/Latin/Rock style POP singer can already take the listener on a far ranging musical journey with her strong soulful tones, contemporary stylings and the consistency and skill one would only expect in a performer of far greater age.

The daughter of an Italian American Father and a Puerto Rican Mother, both of whom grew up in the City of Camden, New Jersey, Angela's rich and soulful vocal stylings pay consistent homage to the R&B, Latin and Jazz influences she was exposed to while growing up in this very musical household. Her Father is a Composer/Producer and long time lead vocalist for the Latin Soul ensemble, CINTRON, and her Mother spent several years as a performer in a Flamenco dance group.

The original selection is the title song, "Where Do We Go From Here?" It has very strong significance for Angela and her Family as it was written in 1952 by here late paternal Grandfather for her Grandmother. To further honor the important role that he played in her life, Angela dedicated the entire CD to his memory.

Angela has been further aided in her maiden Solo endeavor by the presence of a solid and veteran backing band, all of whom boast long time recording credits in POP, Jazz and Latin genres.

Prior to recording this CD, Angela had, on occasion, been a featured singer with CINTRON and she can be heard in their release "Old School Philly" which climbed to number one in late 2008 on the Music Choice International charts. She can also point to a successful appearance at Harlem's legendary, Apollo Theatre in September of 2008 among her list of past musical credits.

Angela is currently a full time student at the University of Delaware studying Leadership and Music Management and teaching a popular Latin dance style fitness class.

If this effort is any indication, expect to hear much more in the future from this R&B/Latin/Rock style POP singer. From the strong soulful tones exhibited in songs like "I'm A Good Woman" to her more breezy Jazz influenced offerings, to those classic old school rockers, (All with the slight hint of a Blues inspired rasp in her young, but mature voice), she handles these wide ranging but consistent selections with the skill of a performer of far greater age. The result is a contemporary musical style that would be a great addition to the crop of young female vocalists currently dominating todays POP charts.

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