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  • Michael Amante Breaks Out of His Shell on New CD

    by Francesca Di Meglio

    Tell Her I Love Her

    Michael Amante

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    Listeners to Michael Amante's latest CD Tell Her I Love Her (Victor, September 2003) will not be able to get his booming voice belting out, "My, my, my Delilah" out of their heads. The tenor, whose first album featured only classic Italian songs, branches out to include some American tunes on his sophomore effort. His utter joy at being able to sing his favorites - from "Young Girl" to "Crying" - is evident in his every syllable. As a result, Amante will have you singing all day, too.

    His debut album, which immediately landed at number one on Billboard's charts, featured only Italian orchestral songs, and was a much more traditional, rigid compilation. This new CD, however, showcases a more vivacious and festive Amante. It is another side to the artist, who was discovered singing for his dinner in a New York restaurant and has been rising ever since. This latest incarnation of Amante is more fun!

    A second-generation Italian American, he did not totally abandon his roots. Amante still takes a stab at plenty of Italian songs, including "Caruso" and "Core 'ngrato." Although his voice is dramatic and strong, his American accent is a bit hard to get over, especially for those raised on the original versions or interpretations by native Italians like Andrea Bocelli or the incomparable Luciano Pavarotti.

    All the same, audiences will appreciate Amante's devotion to his heritage and his desire to keep the Italian classics alive by introducing them to a new generation of Americans. He even pays homage to the legendary Totò by singing a catchy lounge version of "Mala Femmena." Gotta love that!

    As of October 3, 2003, Tell Her I Love Her reached number five on Billboard's classical cross-over chart. Produced by Phil Ramone, who has worked with stars like Frank Sinatra and Pavarotti himself, this disc also features "Last Morning of My Life," a tender love song that Amante co-composed. According to his record label, Amante is emerging as quite a writer.

    The tenor, who lives in Queens with his infant daughter and wife Seema, who is expecting their second child in the spring, certainly has lots to sing about. In addition to his growing family and entertaining second album, Amante will be taking on the leading role in an upcoming Broadway play about the life of singer Mario Lanza. And, ladies, he looks terrific on the latest album cover. He has got the skills and the style. A star is born!

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