Any American Idol enthusiast will certainly remember Pia Toscano. The Howard Beach, New York-based singer was eliminated too early during the contest’s tenth season, placing ninth, surprisingly low for someone of Toscano’s vocal ability. Judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez were understandably shocked.
Nevertheless in June, she signed a major label record deal with Interscope, and her first non-American Idol single, “This Time”, dropped in July (watch the video here). Expect a debut album soon; in the meantime check out Toscano’s answers to our questions and listen to her “Summer Playlist” below.
Four Questions with Pia Toscano
- Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
Pia Toscano: My sister... She taught me a lot about work ethic and works harder than anyone I know and she is very talented. People should go and see the Tucson Symphony.
- If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
PT: Alicia Keys - The Element of Freedom. She is so soulful and I can relate to a lot of her songs.
- Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
PT: Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard. This was the album I used to sing to when my father first discovered I could sing!
- We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.