Tony Lucca w/ Sarah Miles
Lucca's life-long immersion in music and his ever-deepening life experiences have resulted in a potently affecting body of work: his lyrics and vocal quality are instantly identifiable, even to those who have heard his music once or twice. Raised in Waterford, Michigan, Lucca began singing at age 3; by 12 he was writing and playing in Detroit-area bands. As a teen, he lived in Orlando, Florida, where he worked for four seasons on the Disney Channel's "Mickey Mouse Club" alongside such future superstars as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and *Nsync's Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez.
It wasn't until the Michigan-native turned 18 and moved to Los Angeles that he realized his true potential as a legitimate artist. After familiarizing himself with the landscape, Lucca began writing and recording music with some of the most talented artists and players around. Lucca, who is based in LA, went the internet route and sold his first two independent releases, his debut "So Satisfied" (1997) and the follow-up "Strong Words, Softly Spoken" (1999), through his own website. His first commercially distributed album, "Shotgun," arrived in 2004. It was succeeded by his Rock Ridge Music debut "Canyon Songs" (2006) and "Come Around Again" (2008), "Rendezvous With The Angels" (2010) , and Lucca's most recent release, "Under The Influence," which came out in 2011 (a 10-song compilation of tunes by artists that influenced Lucca as a musician and songwriter).
His songs have been featured on TV's "Friday Night Lights," "Brothers & Sisters," "Shark," and "Felicity" and in Kevin Costner's feature "Open Range." He has been seen on E! Entertainment Televsion and A&E, and performed numerous times on NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly." In 2011, he appeared as himself on NBC's "Parenthood," performing his song "Like Love." Lucca was also tapped to appear in friend Justin Timberlake's 901 Tequila commercial spot. Over the course of his career, Lucca has shared stages with *Nsync, Marc Anthony, Macy Gray, Johnny Lang, the late Chris Whitley, Sara Bareilles, and Tyrone Wells. Lucca has also completed several cooperative tours with Jay Nash and Matt Duke (which resulted in "TFDI," a collaborative EP recorded at SPACE in Evanston, Illinois, and released by Rykodisc in late 2009, and "When I Stop Running," a full-length album by the trio that was released by Rock Ridge Music in the summer of 2011).
Singer-songwriter Sarah Miles is a young woman with a killer voice, catchy pop melodies, some fabulous high heels, and a hint of twang. As enamored with the sounds of Nashville as she is with the sounds of Brooklyn, Sarah's songs are as youthful and lighthearted as her spirit...though her lyrics sometimes show a weightier, pensive side.
Well before iTunes sold her first EP, Solid Ground, in 2008, Sarah was belting out songs in her kitchen and making her way in the musical world as the youngest child ever to be admitted to the prestigious Westminster Conservatory Children's Choir. Experienced from years of singing in a cappella groups ("Around 8" at Princeton High School and The University of Vermont "Hit Paws") and choirs (Princeton High School Choir & Princeton Girlchoir) that toured Sweden, Newfoundland & Toronto, and graced the White House & the TODAY Show, Sarah started playing guitar and writing her own songs while she was in high school. She credits Mariah Carey, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Diane Birch, and Carrie Underwood as just some of her many musical influences.
Sarah has received awards and attracted attention everywhere her voice has carried her...but one expects as much from any talented, budding artist. What stands out is her devotion to finding a unique and honest voice...simply put, Sarah's music is heartfelt and genuine.
Tonight she will fall asleep with her headphones on...tomorrow she will wake up humming a new tune that needs to be heard.