Natalie Riccio is a singer/songwriter, composer, pianist and wildly entertaining performer.
Her jazz-inflected, soulful compositions range from heart-wrenching simple melodies to laughingly satirical romps on the piano. (Think: Joni Mitchell meets Randy Newman.)
Her voice has the rare purity and intonation of a young Barbra Streisand, but with the rich and textured soul of Nina Simone. Her original lyrics are as unique as they are refreshing and her reimagined renditions of pop and jazz standards make for a fully matured artistry, not to mention a fully satisfying evening of live performance. Natalie Riccio, much like her songs, is filled with wit, humor and a burning torch to move our souls long after the music has stopped playing.
Natalie is currently recording a new EP "Nights On Fire." The first single will be released in August 2016.
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A velvet voice that spans four octaves and melodic jazz/pop piano playing combine like alchemy to give you the dynamo vocalist, pianist, lyricist and composer that is Natalie Riccio.
Her storytelling lyrics could stand alone as powerful poetry and her vocals have the purity and powerhouse “stop you in your tracks” tone of a young Barbra Streisand mixed with the warmth and sultriness of Nina Simone or Annie Lennox. Her original compositions are frequently compared to that of Joni Mitchell and the late Laura Nyro. But Riccio is no copycat. Using the time-tested methods of folk and jazz balladeering, Riccio fuses both traditions, transcending the supermarket drone of the millennial singer-songwriter format and creating a modern harmonic and emotional experience that is truly all her own.
Riccio's debut release, 2008's self-produced Carbon Cocktail, was recorded at Grammy Award-winning engineer Paul Avgerino’s Unicorn Studios in Redding, CT. Riccio and her itinerate bandmates cut the tracks live, following true jazz tradition, a majority in one, single take. A track off the album, “Show You My Love,” found its way into an “infamous short film” which was then seen and heard 100‘s of millions of times over the internet, giving Natalie a sudden cult following, 100’s of thousand’s of views on Youtube, and exploding sale’s of the single and the album.
In 2011, Riccio returned to the studio to work with Allman Brothers Band life-long recording engineer Jim Hawkins’ at his Studio 1093 in Athens, GA, with additional recording and mixing by Bryce Goggin (Phish, Joan as Police Woman) in Brooklyn, NY. In 2012, Natalie released "Red Ball Rising" - her second fully self-produced album.
Subsequent touring, collaborations with various NYC artists and additional recording helped garner Riccio more praise and exposure, all leading to a long-awaited followup project, an EP entitled "Nights On Fire" which is currently set for a Summer 2016 release.
The execution of each song that Riccio offers is the result of her meticulous and purposeful craft. She follows the blueprint of her admired luminaries, artists that thrive on perfecting their craft behind the scenes, carefully etching their way into the American psyche....and ultimately onto the world stage. That being said, the time has never been as ripe for Riccio to unveil her poignant tales for the human heart.
"I love Natalie's narrative lyrical style...like Joni Mitchell's 'The Hissing of Summer Lawns'..." -DEREK SIVERS, Creator of CdBaby.com
“...She [Riccio] is able to say more with humming than most singers can say with words...She possesses an innate ability to create a mood... “reminiscent of a young Barbra Streisand.” -- The Charlotte Sun, Sandy Cooperman
“She is a rare find in an industry bathing in the merits of glitzy production value. And if anything could be delivered with more certainty, it’s that Riccio’s career will outlast her own expectations as long as she continues to deliver songs with such heartfelt poise and honesty.”
- RMonK, Sputnik Music & Revolving Doors LLC