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Christina LaRocca is an award winning singer and songwriter with a unique blend of folk and R&B. Hearing her for the first time, it is easy to see the roots of her music coming from her time listening to greats like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Natalie Cole. After trying out theater in her teens and discovering musical greats like Alanis Morsette, she began writing her own music. Forming the group Heavy Weather with fellow musicians Carl Gallagher and Dorian Lake, the band has received international attention. After releasing two albums with Heavy Weather, I Stand Tall With My Eyes Wide Open is LaRocca’s first solo album. She is now collaborating with Josh Glazer of J. Glazer Productions. Guest artists on the album include: Matty J of Higher Concept, Wes Swing and Heavy Weather.
“Like A Cigarette (I Love Ya Baby)” has a subtle rhythm that will seduce you from the first listen. The groove created from the light guitar flowing into LaRocca’s voice, horn and delicate percussion is deceptively simple. The depth of LaRocca’s vocals and the passion she puts into her music is contagious and you can’t help but fall under her spell. The textures are smooth and molten, like one of those melted chocolate lava cakes. Taking your first bite, you know you like it, but as you delve deeper, the richer it gets.
“With You” opens with some elaborate guitar picking that flows into LaRocca’s vocals. Her words spiral around you as the lyrics take off and echo into the main vocalization. Lots of layers here with this piece, but together it creates a song worth listening to.  There is a heavy soul edge to this track and a rhythm to match it note per note.
“Silver Bullets” is smokin hot. The multi-instrumental feel to this piece is a happy jumble of pulsing motion. A guitar flairs up with a steady percussion traipsing through the background, making this piece full of creative foot stompin fun.  Images of movie monsters prevail as LaRocca spins her tale of betrayal. The composition and melodies crafted here are spot on and this is one of my favorite tracks on the album.
Christina LaRocca is an international award winning artist that takes her childhood love of classic soul artists and combines them with stronger than steel lyrics and a can do attitude. Her work with Heavy Weather was a great stepping off point and I Stand Tall With My Eyes Wide Open is an impressive solo album. This is definitely an artist to watch. Her soulful sound is a mix between folk and soul and carries a modern edge that makes her very compelling to listen to.

Key Tracks: Like A Cigarette ( I Love You Baby), With You,  Silver Bullets
Dana Staff
January 10, 2012

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Free Music on Noisetrade & Stuffed Green Peppers!

Hey everyone!

I am writing this to wish you a happy holiday, give you some free music, and tell you my about my famous Christmas Stuffed Green Pepper reciepe. I can’t help it..I’m italian and I LOVE to cook for whoever is willing to eat.

Besides the stuffed pepper recipe, my gift for all of you this holiday season is a free copy of my album on For one week only you will be able to go here:

and with an email address be able to download my new album, “I Stand Tall With My Eyes Wide Open” for free. If you feel like giving in return and supporting my craft, there is an option to donate a tip anywhere, and that, of course, will be greatly appreciated.

Aside from the full band shows at BXL Cafe on Janury 7th and Play Sports Bar in SI on Jan 14th Satchel Jones and I will be performing every Tuesday at the Crooked Knife at 232 West 14th Street b/t 7th and 8th avenues. Check the showing listing for more details and addresses.

I hope you are all doing well and I look forward to playing lots of music for you in 2012!

Happy Holidays!!

Love, Peace & Music


Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Wishing all of your a happy and healthy holiday this winter season….Almost done with my xmas shopping :)

What a crazy year it’s been. I am very grateful for all those I’ve met in the business and I look forward to 2012 being a very awesome full of light, love & music. Thank you for all that have supported me and continue to through the years.

In 2012 Satchel Jones and I will be performing as an acoustic duo every Tuesday at this fabulous restaurant/bar called the Crooked Knife located at 232 West 14th Street between 7th and 8th from 8-11pm. And of course you know you can catch me at Wicked Willys every other Wednesday as well.

We have been playing lots of shows lately and are booked up just about every weekend in January so feel free to contact us for your upcoming event, venue, festival, wedding, or house party!

We love house parties :)

So check the event calendar!

I also started a blog called “The Art of Balancing Creativity & Business.” It’s about living as a musician and a business woman in NYC trying to balance all these aspects. Playing music, booking, and enjoying life.

Check it out here

Tonight @ Groove

TONIGHT Saturday Nov 5th  7:30-9pm me and my beautiful kick @$$ band will be at Groove in the West Village featuring Satchel Jones, Caitlin Gray, Jackson Twain, and Sean Pokress 125 Macdougal & W 3rd St. 7:30-9pm playing new songs, old songs, and some you already know xo

and thanks to everyone who came out on Tuesday and saw us open for V V Brown at the Knitting Factory! What an awesome show :)

Deli Mag CMJ Review

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Day number two finds me in the Caribbean-themed frat bar Wicked Willy’s. I’m not entirely sure how I ended up here, but I had heard a bunch of artists were playing stripped down sets without their bands, and this wasn’t something you get to see a lot of at CMJ.

First up was Christina LaRocca. A Brooklyn staple with powerhouse pipes. Backed only by partner Satchel Jones, she projects a warm R&B flavor either when singing in French, or when covering classics like ‘Ring of Fire.’

Credits & Thank Yous for “I Stand Tall With My Eyes Wide Open”


“Independent Lady”, “With You”, “Like a Cigarette (I Love Ya Baby)”, “Call Your Name”, “Memories (Don’t Let Them Fade)”, “Tonight”, “Early is the End” written by Christina LaRocca.

“Freddie”, “Silver Bullets” & “Destiny”- Lyrics & Melody by Christina LaRocca, Music by Josh Glazer

Copyright 2011, L Rock Entertainment. BMI.

I Stand Tall With My Eyes Wide Open was Engineered, Produced and Mixed by J. Glaze Productions

Additional Mixing on Tracks “Freddie”, “Independent Lady”, “Destiny”, “Like a Cigarette”, “Memories”, and “Silver Bullets” by Ari “R.E. Thuggz” Raskin

Mastered by Ari “R.E. Thuggz” Raskin at Deepwater Studios, NYC

Additional Engineering on “Silver Bullets”- Christian Reinsch

Executive Producer- Christina LaRocca

All Tracks Recorded at The House of Dreams, Staten Island, NY.

Music from “Tonight” was record at Tainted Blue Studios and engineered by Sax DMA.

Graphic Design by Valerie Berry

Photography by Shervin Lainez

Vocals & Guitar- Christina LaRocca

Trumpet- Josh Glazer

Lead Guitar on Tracks “Destiny”, “Like a Cigarette”, “Silver Bullets”- Frank Bianco

Cello on Tracks “Memories” & “Early is the End”- Wes Swing

Bass on Tracks “Independent Lady” & “Memories”- Ted Maniatakos

Rap on “Independent Lady” – Matty J of The Higher Concept

Rap on “Destiny”- The Higher Concept

“Tonight” is Carl Gallagher (guitar), Daniel Gallagher (bass), Jackson Twain (keys), Mike Sutton (drums)

Thank you, thank you, thank you:

Nothing in life is easy, and if you wait around for everything you are striving to achieve to float into your lap, you will be waiting for a long time. For those that know me well, know I work extremely hard to continue doing what I love, however I could not do any of it without the love and support of the following people.

First, I would like to thank my parents. I am truly blessed to have them in my life and I don’t think I will ever come close to repaying them for their constant encouragement and influence they have had on my life. I would like to thank long time friend, Christian Reinsch AKA Teskt of The Higher Concept, for letting me record this album in his home, The House of Dreams, and for introducing me to J Glaze.

I would also like to thank Julia LaRocca, Paul Munoz, Kat Pac, Ted Maniatakos <3, Mike McHugh, Tatiana Moroz, Dorian Lake, Carl Gallagher (& anyone that ever played a note for Heavy Weather), Dan Grigsby, Kristin Pitanza, Marissa Devito, Chris Daversa, Valerie Berry, my current band- Satchel Jones, Caitlin Gray, Sean Pokress, Jackson Twain for helping me bring this project to life, Melissa Q, Wu, Amy Eckstein, Jessica Macauda & Who is Gail Laine? for believing in me and pushing me to try harder when the road seemed uncertain.

Many, many thanks to everyone that had any part of creating this record especially Ari Raskin, and of course Josh Glazer. For two years we’ve worked on this record- every beat, every word, until it was perfect, and now it is finally finished. Without you, your creative vision, and patience, this album could have never happened.

All my love to anyone who has ever bought a CD, destructed property with one of my stickers, came out to a show. You are the best and I am blessed to have you in my life. Thank you.

Staten Island’s Christina LaRocca goes solo with ‘I Stand Tall with My Eyes Wide Open’

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Published: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 9:58 AM     Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 10:23 AM

By Rob Bailey Staten Island Advance

A combo CMJ showcase & release party for her new solo recording, “I Stand Tall with My Eyes Wide Open”

When: 10 p.m. Saturday (get there early to see a series of other acts, including S.I.’s own The Higher Concept)
Where: Wicked Willy’s 149 Bleecker St., Manhattan
How much: Admission is $10 (mention LaRocca to receive a free download of the CD)
More information: Visit or STATEN ISLAND, NY — After five years of Heavy Weather, the forecast appears crystal clear for Christina LaRocca.

Since ending a stormy collaboration with her aforementioned jam-funk band — a popular, steady presence on stages around Staten Island and the tri-state region — the singer-songwriter with a powerful belt is going her own way.

LaRocca’s first solo recording, “I Stand Tall with My Eyes Wide Open,” will be released Tuesday on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic — and everywhere else. AWE scored an advance preview of 10 tracks — and we’re please to report they are rock solid; making good use of her LaRocca’s flexible voice and increasingly mature lyrical skills.

Our favorites on first listen: The soulfully horny (in all senses of the word) “Freddie” and bass-driven club-thumper “Call Your Name.” On the other end of the aural spectrum, “Early is the End” and “Tonight” are languid, beautifully restrained pleasures.

Hear them for yourselves and Oct. 22 at Wicked Willy’s in Greenwich Village. Mention LaRocca at the door to score a free download card of the album.

Now, not to dwell in the past, but LaRocca served triple duty as artist, booking agent and manager for Heavy Weather. It’s hard not to speculate: Did a cold front of ego precipitate Heavy Weather’s demise?

“No, I’m pretty sad, actually, cause I love those guys — it was the first band I ever played in” says the raven-haired 26-year-old Wagner College grad, who grew up in New Springville and Great Kills. “Everything I learned about the music industry was with them. I traveled with them and wrote music with them. I was definitely a little nervous, and wondering ‘How am I going to do this all again?’”

The self-proclaimed “crazy workaholic” offered this final word on the band’s breakup: “They are super talented. We all just started to grow in different directions artistically. I still miss them.”


Recently relocated to Astoria (her parents reside in Annadale), LaRocca is now collaborating with new musicians and Josh Glaze of J. Glaze Productions.

“This was a two-year process and really, for first time, I felt that this was me,” says LaRocca. “Josh really was able to understand my style and what I was going for; translating it so beautifully that I’m really excited by this record.”

LaRocca released “I Stand Tall with My Eyes Wide Open” on her own indie label, LRock Entertainment, which also doubles as a booking agency for acts around NYC. There are traces of Heavy Weather funk and soul in her new sound, with much more of an modern ear.

AWE Christina LaRoccaCD.jpgThe new recording, out Tuesday everywhere

“It’s Rihanna meets KT Tunstall with a heavier R&B sound,” LaRocca says. “It still has that old school feeling but it’s more radio-friendly pop with an intellectual folk twist. “

But wait. Don’t be scared off by all this talk of original music. LaRocca and her new crew still crank out plenty of comforting covers for more conservative live music lovers.

“We definitely do both — you have to for paying gigs unless you really have a large following that will pay $10-plus every time you do a show,” says LaRocca, who recently played Play Sports Bar in Annadale. “And I’ve found, to get that reaction from folks with originals, you can’t play every week. If you love music and wanna play every week, you do covers.”

The biggest difference from the Heavy Weather days of playing the dearly departed Martini Red (“That was the joint where I hung out and where I learned how to do what I do”) in Stapleton?

“Now I’m doing more songs that I love. With this group, I’m able to have more of an opinion without getting a hard time from anybody. Like, ‘Let’s try this song! No, I don’t want to do Katy Perry or an obscure blues song from 1975’ (laughing softly).

“I’m enjoying it.”

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Artist Name: Christina LaRocca

About Christina:

“One of the hardest working women in the music industry.” – Dan Grigsby, Grammy Award Winning Producer and Engineer

Native Brooklynite Christina LaRocca is no stranger to setting standards. Her voice and talent have been heard across the states and overseas in festivals such as CMJ2010 & 2011. Her innovation as a singer-songwriter echoes rich vocals with a haunting infusion of Folk and R&B. Committed and driven, Christina draws her inspiration through one simple and profound act- creating excellent music. As a result of her passion and experience, Christina has expanded her expertise by creating “L Rock the Party Booking.” L Rock the Party Booking is an NYC based company dedicated to live performance and recorded music through musicians committed to creating art in their music. Whether on stage singing, or as a business woman, Christina continues to be an element of opportunity and possibility in today’s Music Industry. She is about to release her third record, produced by J. Glaze Productions, “I Stand Tall With Eyes Wide Open” October 18th, 2011.


CMJ Shows:

Christina LaRocca will be performing at Wicked Willy’s on Sat Oct 22nd 10pm which will also be her CD Release Party for her new album, “I Stand Tall With My Eyes Wide Open”

Latest release:

“I Stand Tall With My Eyes Wide Open” (available Oct 18th), which will be available at

Latest Video:

“Killing Me Softly” (Cover)  Live from Rockwood Music Hall

Best thing about CMJ:

So much music to go to check out & I love the giveaways. Last year I got free ALTEC Lansing speakers for my computers.

Worst thing about CMJ:

There’s just so much going on its hard to go see everything.

Favorite venue to see Live Music in NYC:

Le Poisson Rouge

Favorite Venue to play in NYC:

Bitter End

Christina Supports Music Education with Music Unites!

What does music mean to you ?

Music is instinctual to me. It’s always there, I always hear it. It’s the outlet of creativity, and it’s the way I make my living. Music has channeled my life in so many different ways, that I would be a completely different person if it never entered my life.

How did you get started playing music?

My mother is an amazing singer. So is her sister, and brother, and my grandfather. For as long as I can remember music has always there. Singing was something that just came naturally and I’ve been doing it my whole life.

How did your music education in school help get you where you are today ?

In college I took many music classes that sharpened my skills and helped me be able to understand and dissect the complicated language of music and sound. Without them I definitely would not have the ear I have today.

What has been your favorite musical experience?

I think my favorite past time playing music had to be a tour I played solo on with one of my favorite bands, Belt, in California in 2009. We drove and performed every night all the way from San Diego to San Francisco. We lived off of baloney and avocado sandwiches. It was amazing.

Anything else you’d like to say about the importance of music education?

Music education is vital to school programs. This is something we must fight to keep. Music is just as important as math, just as important as science.

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CMJ 2011 & CD Release Party

SATURDAY OCT 22nd 10pm

CMJ 2011 Showcase at Wicked Willy’s

this will also be my CD Release Party!

with the $10 cover you get free download card of

“I Stand Tall With My Eyes Wide Open”

Also keep an eye out for the LRock 2011 CMJ Download Card for 18 Tracks of some of NYC’s best local artists! (“Destiny” ft. The Higher Concept is on there)!

Album Release Party Sat Oct 22nd during CMJ2011!

Great news! My new album “I Stand Tall With My Eyes Wide Open” is finished and we are gearing up for it’s release Tues Oct 25th!!

Our Album Release Party will be during our CMJ 2011 showcase at Wicked Willy’s Saturday Oct 22nd 10pm! I have been booking bands there with my company LRock the Party Booking for over 5 years and I wouldn’t want to celebrate this day any other way.

The new record will have 10 new tracks, produced by J Glaze Productions and will be unlike anything you’ve ever heard from me before.

For all those that “like” my facebook page will receive a free Download of the new single “Freddie”!

woo hoo!!