- Micheal Castaldo
, the independent classical-crossover artist has scheduled his album just in time for Valentine's Day with a new release date of Tuesday, January 31, 2012.
Having just released a #1 Christmas CD on Amazon
last month, his new album entitled, "Olive You" subtitled Classic Italian Songs to Feed the Heart and Soul, will assuredly be another best selling album for the Italian crooner. The album's lead single and critically acclaimed track, "Pray'r" has already garnered the No. 1 spot on Amazon.com's MP3 Classical Songs Chart in only three weeks from its initial release. Not only did Castaldo grab the top single sales slot, he nudged out long-lived chart-toppers like Andrea Bocelli, Sara Brightman, Neil Diamond
and Bette Midler
. Additionally, the single "Pray'r" hit Amazon.com's No.1 positions on the Top Rated Classical Song and Hot New Releases in Classical charts - garnering three No.1 positions.
The album, "Olive You" features five classic tracks along with previously released and re-mastered songs handpicked by Castaldo who also served as producer and executive producer of the album, along with co-producer and long-time collaborator, Stein B. Svendsen
, who also co-wrote "Pray'r."
With his usual skillful and melodic vocals, Castaldo has once again proven that good music, in any language, will pierce
the heart of anyone who loves a good love song.
Embracing a sound that immediately brings a calm and nuance to the listener, Castaldo's vocal renderings are as distinctive as they are impressive.
Castaldo sang "Il Mondo" from the CD live at Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto. (Courtesy Photo: Castaldo office)
Listeners will feast their ears upon such familiar classic as The Theme from "The Godfather" - "Brucia La Terra" which is sung in a Sicilian dialect and Italian; the Neapolitan Mario Lanza classic, "Core 'Ngrato" - the newly re-mastered duet co-written by Castaldo and Jim Papoulis
and co-sung with Carol Papoulis
"Mio Cuore" - a fan favorite and re-mastered hit, "Guarda Questra Terra" - the hit Italian Classical Crossover mainstay, "Con Te Partiro" - a beautiful Italian version and newly re-mastered "Notte Di Luce" (Nights In White Satin).
The release also includes "Il Mondo," as well as the the only Spanish track on the album the "En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor." Castaldo also sprinkles several other self-penned instant classics such as "Questo E Amore," and "Io Credo" along with "Dancin' To A Different Beat."
Castaldo, a Berklee College of Music graduate, is an award-winning Italian classical-crossover tenor whose work has been heraled for not only its authenticity, but voal stylings. His family's orchards in the foothills of Calabria, Italy, where he lived until age three, have long been committed to producing and distributing fresh and vibrant olive oil at affordable prices. "The result, "Private Reserve" olive oil. These undertaking only enhances Castaldo's ability to tap into what the public wants to hear [and eat] - he provides food for the soul, table and ears.
Having recently been recognized as the Top Indie Artist of 2011 on the prestigious UK website called Classical-Crossover, "Castaldo has released two albums in 2011 - he is the epitome of an indie artist - he works incredibly hard by touring, producing his own albums, writing his own material and arranging and translating any songs he does cover. Most importantly his music sounds unique and distinctive" says Nicola Jarvis, Editor.
Castaldo will be sure to delight any audience with his multiple talents, and "Olive Oil" creates the perfect love affair and the ultimate gift for Valentine's Day.
For additional information contact Vital Records at 877-642-7271 or VitalRecords@nyc.rr.com.
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Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.