I recently got to check out the Kix show over at Dexter’s in Riverdale, NJ, last weekend. Of course, I got to feature one of the opening bands a couple of weeks ago, Jersey Gypsy. The other opening act for Kix was equally impressive! The artist’s name is C.C. Coletti, and she tore it up on this night. What a voice this girl has on her! She belted out some of her own original songs like “Quit You,” “Heaven In Your Mind,” and “Fast Lane Addiction,” which really got the crowd going, but like I said, her singing really stole the spotlight!
C.C. Coletti is a talented singer out of Northern New Jersey. She is actually most noted for her duets and background vocals with rock legend Meatloaf on his “Neverland Express” World Tours. C.C. has been singing and writing since she was a little girl. When she turned 18, she started singing in small local bars throughout New Jersey with her older brother. Her first official original band was a huge hit and often drew large crowds. After a few years of developing a dedicated fan base on the local scene, a good friend got C.C. an audition as one of Meatloaf’s back- up singers. In October 2003, C.C. became an official back-up singer for Meatloaf and she was even invited to join his international tour. Since getting the gig, C.C.’s been featured on two of Meatloaf‘s DVDs, Bat Out Of Hell Live With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Three Bats Live, his documentary, Meatloaf: In Search Of Paradise, and his CD, Bat Out Of Hell 3, which was released in October 2006.
When C.C. is not on tour with Meatloaf, she can be found at home in Jersey focusing on her own solo music. In October 2007, C.C. Coletti would open for Meatloaf for the very first time in front of thousands of people! She was only scheduled to perform for the first six out of 12 shows on the tour, but the reaction to her songs was so impressive that she was asked to open for the remaining six shows. And the rest, as they say, is history! Rounding out the rest of C.C. Coletti’s band is guitarist Anthony Krizan, bassist TJ Jablonski, keyboardist Arne Wendt, and drummer and journeyman John Hummel, who I’ve also seen play with Mike Cristi’s Years Of Static.
If you didn’t get to make it to Dexter’s to see C.C. Coletti perform, you can catch her on the Meatloaf tour. You can find those dates on her website, cccoletti.com. If you want to hear what she sounds like, you can also listen some of her music at myspace.com/cccoletti . Have I let you down yet?
NORTH JERSEY NOTES UPDATES:
I just received an email from Matty Z and his new band, The Road Zombies, stating that they only have a couple of shows left to play in 2008. They also announced that in the New Year, the band will be holding auditions for a new drummer because their current drummer, The Hammer, will be leaving the band. If you’re interested in playing drums for The Road Zombies, contact them via their MySpace page, myspace.com/theroadzombies.
I’ve received even more news from The Compulsions camp! Turns out, the boys have kicked their Christmas spirit into high gear for the holiday season. They’ll be unleashing free mp3s of their song “Cocaine” via their MySpace page, myspace.com/thecompulsions. I haven’t downloaded my copy of the song yet, so I can’t tell you how great it is, but I heard that “Cocaine” sure smells great!
And finally, my bros from Sixty Miles Down are back in the studio recording new material! Singer John Mosco also threatens that he will be making an announcement shortly as to who will replace recently departed guitarist, Roger Manzo. It looks like we’ll have an all new Sixty Miles Down for 2009! Check them out at myspace.com/sixtymilesdown.
That’s all for now! If your band is from North Jersey and you want some exposure, send your demos and press kits to Arts Weekly, c/o Tim Louie P.O. Box 1140 Little Falls, NJ 07424. No cover bands, please!
Just remember….We’re all in the same boat, so every little bit of exposure counts!