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Susan Aquila is shaking up the world of Rock.  She has performed and recorded with the greatest icons of Rock and Pop including: Paul McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel, Deep Purple, Beyoncé, Brittney Spears, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Josh Groban, Roger Daltry, Steven Tyler, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Jay Z, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Johnny Mathis, Barry Manilow and a host of others.  Now, she is stepping into the spotlight out on her own.

She is the first electric violinist/singer to break through to the mainstream rock market in a big way.  Her music blends metal, rock and punk and her incendiary electric violin solos are being heralded as:  “… the hottest thing to hit rock since Van Halen recorded Eruption!  She’s like the Jimi Hendrix of the electric violin and her vocal style is vibrant and dripping with soul.  She combines the artistry of Blondie with the raw power of Janis!!”*

Susan Aquila has just received five Grammy nominations!

Album of the Year – for her CD “Miss Conduct”
Best Rock Song – “Why”, her hit single from “Miss Conduct”
Best Rock Album – “Miss Conduct”
Producer of the Year – Rob Tomaro and Jason Zarnowski
Best Instrumental and Vocal Arrangement – Rob Tomaro for “Why”

Susan’s recent smash concert appearance at Webster Hall in Manhattan, along with her new Grammy Nominations, have propelled her into the top 5 of ReverbNation’s Artists Trending in the New York City Area, a position she held for six months this past year.

Susan is currently working with superstar Rock Record Producer Tony Battaglia, who has produced multi-million selling hit records with artists such as Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys.

Her killer performances on her 2015 tours knocked out audiences from Maine to Florida and paired her with artists such as Lita Ford, Tantric and Soil. This year also saw her Broadway debut and cast album for the original musical Amazing Grace.

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Inquiries for tour dates and personal appearances may be directed to:

Management:
GJB Productions
1803 S 92nd St.
Suite 107
West Allis, WI 53214
414-313-6332
foh4k@att.net

Here are just a few advanced reviews from industry pros:

“I have been listening to it over and over.  That is my kind of rock song!!”
 
John Rhodes, Program Director, 97.3 The Rock, Dubuque, Iowa

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 “She does amazing things with the electric violin!!”

Bill Hall, DJ, WDHA, 105.5 FM, New Jersey.

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Album review:  “Miss Conduct” by Susan Aquila, music and lyrics by Rob Tomaro – Susan Aquila – lead vocals and electric violin.

Review from February 9, 2016 –  AEA Zine

“My first impression of Susan’s vocal style is of a “cleaner” Wendy O. Williams.  She delivers the vocals in a husky, hard rock style that you would expect from a genre like this.   The songs are punchy and hit just as hard as they should.  Susan knows how to craft a track well.   Although Susan’s the star, the rest of the band is pretty great, too.  There is some awesome lead guitar sprinkled throughout, as well.

If you’re into rock, this is an album for all occasions.  I have never heard the violin used in this manner.  Susan’s violin delivers an extra dimension to the sound, yet never distracts from the thrust you would expect from an album like this”.

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Review in Skylight Magazine (Athens, Greece)
March 27, 2016
“Miss Conduct”
Original Kitchen Records

“Susan offers us well played hard rock with many similarities to artists such as Joan Jett and Pat Benatar.   The old school fans will have proof that there is memorable music here.   The album includes 12 tracks and the melody balances with the rough guitars and the “in your face” attitude of the band. 

 Fans of 1980’s Rock will definitely appreciate this album. The cover artwork is another reminder of the 80s that offers a sex symbol for fans that are hungry for flesh and (musical) emotion.   If you combine the fantasy promised by the cover art and the sound of this release, you get great music and pleasant thoughts.

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On the sound level, sometimes I feel that the voice overpasses a bit the other channels, but it has a minor effect on the final result. The deeper you dig into this release, the deeper meaning you get.”

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“I love it!  She is a hell of a talent.  I want to see her performing live!!”

Genya Ravan – Rock Star (Ten Wheel Drive), Producer (Ronnie Spector), Radio Host – Little Steven’s Underground Garage, National Sirius Radio- which featured her 2014 hit “Intervention.”

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“I love the whole thing; the tunes, the mix, the performance, the whole package!  She sings with such emotion that you can really tell she’s feeling everything she’s singing about.  The lyrics are deeply moving and struck a chord and her violin playing is hauntingly beautiful.  There is so much computer generated pop music out there that it is wonderful to hear something that has real warmth and soul to it.  You are going in the right direction! Keep going and never stop!”

Jerry Layne
Nashville Entertainer
Composer of “Carved in Stone”, number one hit on the Country charts from March to April 2014

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 “The power behind Susan’s music is truly inspirational.  The diversity of the tracks keeps this music on a ‘must hear’ basis. Strong instrumental influence with raw, sensual vocals and cutting edge sounds of the electric violin combine for a rare and enlightening experience.  All genres and all ages will enjoy it!!”                               

Paula Wilson- Tour Manager- Brett Michaels, Molly Hatchett, Eddie Money

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“Susan Aquila is a formidable and multi-talented performer.  Producer/composer/guitarist Rob Tomaro has created a powerhouse setting that beautifully supports and showcases those talents.  The music they make is high energy, danceable, and just plain fun!!”

 Dan Einbender – Grammy Award Winning Producer and Entertainer

 

Inquiries for tour dates and personal appearances may be directed to:

Management:
GJB Productions
1803 S 92nd St.
Suite 107
West Allis, WI 53214
414-313-6332
foh4k@att.net

 

 

 

 

*Bob Mackler, N.Y. Rock Review – Blogon5 –October , 2015