Jan 16, 2018 – Stacking The Deck is a feature exclusive to Adam’s World where I bring packs of 1991 Pro Set Superstars MusiCards to artists, and we discuss who they find in each pack.
Donnie and Marie Osmond had a hit way back in the day titled “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock N Roll.” In the case of singer-songwriter Christina LaRocca, she’s a little bit country, a little bit rock n roll, a little bit R&B/soul, and as her upcoming releases will prove this year, she’s even a little bit hip-hop.
She’s also more than a little bit dedicated to her craft.
Originally from NYC, where she was both an active musician, and concert booker, a few years ago she packed up her guitar, and the rest of her things, and moved out to LA. There she has found a new life, and new inspirations, and as a result of this, she’s been creating plenty of new music.
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Jan 16, 2018 – We all want to tell our story, but some have the capacity to use music to do so. It may be why we love artists so much. Music conveys what is in our heart better than words or conversation. Thus, anyone’s capacity to make a song speak to a soul should be admire. Christina LaRocca is, definitely, to be admired, and in my interview I got the opportunity to see how she makes her soul, musically, speak.
In the first part of my interview with Christina LaRocca, it was clear to see that she is strong, but you can also see that she is visionary. Music is the perfect platform for her because she is both open and eager to tell her truth. Thus, in the next half of our interview, Christina defines soul and it bond with sound to create, again, what most human beings want to share about themselves: their stories.
Jan 17, 2018 – Deserts, sunsets, vinyl records, nice vocals and songwriting that you can not only hear but see and feel. No stranger to the NYC music scene, Christina LaRocca just released her the visual to ‘Child of the Sun’. Give the video directed by Jacob Voelzke a view and make sure to connect with Christina on all things social. 2018 is off to a great start for this artist and we can’t wait to see what she does next.
Jan 11, 2018 – We are all made to toil the earth, taking the red-dirt in our hands or kicking it up underneath our wandering, timeworn boots. While our quest to find salvation may overlap with that of others, it is uniquely shaped by our own footsteps ⎯⎯ from weaving down into darkened valleys and foraging dusty precipices of the unknown to ascending stately mountaintops. Americana singer Christina LaRocca‘s expedition has been an astounding one. She was born into an Italian family below the bright lights of New York City, inheriting her natural gift from a long line of talented craftsmen and women, but she was itching to find her own way. Over three years ago, she dashed away from the east coast for freedom and to find her destiny. “On this California coast is where I let my spirit roam / Light up a Smoke, swig a flask of Jack / I write these words in a paperback / If I can get it all down before daylight, I’ll get some sleep tonight,” she howls, penetrating the sticky coastal heat with her ethereal vocal, on “Child of the Sun,” one-half of her latest EP, which daringly distills an Americana sound with a shaky, pounding rock sizzle.
“I wrote [this song] while sitting in an apartment with zero furniture in Long Beach years ago before moving out to the west coast,” she says of the rock anthem, produced by Robb Torres (former Trapt guitarist and now frontman of Robbery Inc). “It definitely was a defying moment in my life. In my reflection, with no distractions, I realized we are all on a journey of sorts. Follow the beat of the drum. Follow your heart.”
The accompanying visual, premiering today via B-Sides & Badlands, was shot in the stunning, smoldering Joshua Tree landscape and directed by Jacob Voelzke (known for his work with Letters from the Fire, Heffron Drive, City by Storm). LaRocca meanders underneath the sun’s blistering gaze, and her spirit and nature become one, fulfilling some ancient prophesy. “I’m still searching for a peace of mind,” she roars. The scenery sweeping out from her fingertips seems to rattle and crack, mirroring her own overwhelming personal revelations. “The sound, sound, sound of my heart beats like a drum / I’ve found, found, found I am a Child of the Sun,” LaRocca accepts, her soul emanating radiance and warmth that only truly knowing yourself can bring.
FIRST BEST LAST WORST Podcast!! – Jan 10, 2018
Check out this awesome interview and performance I did in NYC with the First Best Last Worst Podcast! You’ll get to hear my first, last (newest), best and worst songs performed live on a 4-track. How cool is that? Had a blast jamming for these guys. We also had some ridiculous conversations about unemployment, drunk moms ruining shows, and a whole lot of other nonsense. Enjoy!
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“You never know who might pop in with a guitar or who might jump on the piano,” he said. “I absolutely want to bring a little piece of Austin, Texas — where I got my chops curating music — to Manhattan.”
The venue’s long list of first-come, first-served shows for May and June includes the Brooklyn-based “Americana/big beat/folk rock” musician Satchel Jones, folk and R&B singer-songwriter Christina LaRocca and the New York “psycho-mambo” outfit Gato Loco, according to its website.
The bar menu at Zirzamin (which is pronounced zeer-za-MEEN) showcases cocktails with ingredients like chipotle syrup and cucumber puree, but hometown favorites Titos Handmade Vodka and Lone Star beer are listed soon after.
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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 ChristinaLaRoccaMusic.com or LRockthePartyBooking.com 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.
“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.”
“I Stand Tall With My Eyes Wide Open” got an awesome review from The Aquarian.
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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.’