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A newly minted NY State Blues Hall of Fame inductee (August, 2018), Singer/songwriter Willa Vincitore has been building a fan base across the Hudson Valley for nearly two decades. While her songwriting is an eclectic mix of blues, soul, rock, funk and (occasionally) pop, there’s one thing that ties it all together—that voice.
Willa’s debut CD, Better Days, was released in early 2017 and was critically acclaimed by reviewers around the globe. The Blues and Roots Music Report listed it as one of the Top 50 Contemporary Blues releases of 2017. Her sophomore release, Choices, (out 12/14/18) continues to showcase her eclectic songwriting, digging deeper lyrically and rejecting classification in any one genre. Many influences can be heard here, ranging from ‘70s and ‘80s pop, rock and R&B, to Americana, blues and even gospel tones. Unlike Better Days, which was entirely original material, Willa chose to cover one tune on this release, paying homage to Annie Lennox with her funky cover of Money Can’t Buy It.
Reflections in Blue blogger Bill Wilson said, "Willa Vincitore has one of those voices that will stay with you for life. Good, even great, vocalists are a dime a dozen...but every now and then, someone comes along who brings everything back into perspective in a big way. Blues, soul, R&B and more flow seamlessly from this woman. An exceptional songwriter with a diverse style that will see her singing blues one minute and funk, or even pop the next, Her vocals range from fiery enough to put fear into the hearts of the Hounds of Hell to gentle, and even passionate. Powerful and overflowing with pure raw emotion, Willa brings it all, 100%, to each and every song, every performance. This woman does not have an "off switch". Willa is the consummate performer. Better Days should be required listening for anyone wanting to sing the blues.”
She spent the early part of her stage career backing Chris O’Leary (Levon Helm's Barn Burners) as an original member of his band, but she’s been performing on her own with a collection of extraordinary musicians since 2013. The Company of “Willa and Company,” which rotates and changes based on each individual performance’s spin, can be stripped bare or piled high. Check out her shows to experience the versatility and range.
Company musicians have included Chris Vitarello, Petey Hop, and Karl Allweier on guitar; Doug Abramson, Brandon Morrison, and Karl Allweier on bass; Scott Milici, Pete Levin, Jeremy Baum, and Will Bryant on keys/Hammond; Lee Falco, Roger LaRochelle, Chris Kaiser, and Gary Schwartz on drums; and killer horn sections featuring Chris DiFrancesco, Ron Knittle, Jim Osborn, and Joe Meo.