Antonio is a Canadian pop, singer-songwriter, musician and record producer, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Born of Italian-Canadian descent, Antonio started writing and recording songs at the early age of thirteen.
His first lyrical inspiration, came from a poem he had written for a girl he met in Italy. His cousin an inspiring musician, encouraged him to transpose the poem into a song, and record it on his 4-track studio. Impressed by Antonio’s vast vocal range, his cousin pitched the idea for him to further pursue his musical talents.
Growing up in the mid 80’s, Antonio was enamored with sounds of dance pop-culture and R&B tracks. He was heavily influenced by the British pop icon George Michael, with his infectious dance hits and sultry ballads. Antonio quickly aspired to make his own mark in the music industry as a pop artist. In his final year of high school, he applied to Humber College’s renowned Jazz Music program to further pursue his dreams in music.
During his audition, he performed the songs “Faith” and “All of Me” to showcase his versatility as an artist. Even without any prior knowledge in music theory, the professor conducting the audition was highly impressed by his raw talent. She accepted Antonio into the program, under the condition that he complete one year of music preparatory theory, to broaden his musicality. It was here where Antonio refined his song writing skills, enhanced his sound, and self-taught himself to play piano. With his charismatic personality, and epic vocals, Antonio began to market his talents, by singing at local karaoke bars. It was by mere chance one night, while covering a George Michael track that he caught the attention of a record producer in the audience. That was the moment that propelled Antonio’s music career.
In 1996 he was signed to Captain Records, where he collaborated with record producer Marc Pompeo and Richard Klosa to release his first single, a dance remake of his favorite song by George Michael “Father Figure”. The song quickly exploded onto the radio dance waves and gained immense popularity with audiences both in Canada and the U.S. Antonio performed the song both on air and in large concert venues of 5000 plus, touring from Toronto to Dallas, San Antonio, Chicago, Buffalo, Detroit, Rochester, Montreal, Miami and San Jose California. He also performed in Italy on separate occasions for the “La Piu Bella Del Mondo” beauty pageant. With his uncanny vocal similarities, Antonio was in awe to find out that his musical idol George Michael, had requested a copy of the single. In 1998 Antonio released his second single “Give Me The Nite”, and then a follow up dance track “Reach For The Sky” in 1999. Shortly thereafter, Antonio stepped away from the music industry to focus his attention on his family and raising his daughter. In 2011 he collaborated with Stereo Martini and released the pop single “A Little Closer”.
Over the years, Antonio has performed with such greats as Grammy award winning Producer/D.J. Hex Hector, Rockell, Max a Million, Stevie B., Sass Jordan, Emjay, shared the stage with Marianna’s Trench and opened for Karl Wolf.
Antonio’s high-energy live performances are his trademark and his passion! As a song writer he composes music that gravitates to his fans with meaningful messages that they can relate to.
Fast-Forward to 2019, Antonio joined forces with Multi-platinum record producer, Glenn Morrison, to release his brand-new pop single “Someone Just Like You”. The song has an eclectic blend of dance, 80’s retro, with a nu-disco vibe and captures the essence of finding that one true love that everyone yearns for.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Growing up in the 80’s I was exposed to an incredible amount of music genres from disco, funk, pop, and R&B. I guess that’s why everyone always talks about how great the music was in the 80’s. I was very fortunate to have grown up while listening to music in that era, and it heavily influenced my writing. Pop melodies are what I'm most drawn to and love to create. I love to mix old sounds with new sounds, formulate catchy hooks that you can't resist and can't get out of your head. As an artist my sound incorporates dance pop and R&B soul.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My name Antonio was given to me after Saint Antonio. When I was born, there were complications with my lungs, and the doctors told my mother I may not survive. My mother who was a spiritual and religious woman prayed to her favorite saint, Saint Antonio. Well on Christmas day 5 days after I was born her prayers came true and she named me after Saint Antonio.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Clearly anybody who knows me, knows that George Michael has been my biggest musical influence and idol. I admired him and was very fortunate to have such an amazing idol, as an artist, songwriter, producer and performer. He had an incredible ability to write songs with edgy lyrics and catchy hooks, that he performed flawlessly with raw emotion. He had a remarkable voice and was deeply connected to his lyrics that moved you and left you wanting more. He was an iconic legacy that will remain forever unmatched.
Queen’s front man Freddy Mercury was another one of my musical influences. His unbelievable vocal range packed with his onstage charisma were traits I really admired and strived to be like as an artist. He was a magnificent composer with a glorious voice that lit up a stadium, every time he struck a chord. He was simply a sensational force and intensely talented.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Right now my focus is on Someone Just Like You it's my first single of many more to come. I am currently working on my second single which is something of an old school vibe, with a modern twist.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Creating music is my passion and I want to share it with the world." Someone Just Like You" is just the beginning of this journey with so many more songs to be released in the future. Music is a platform. The real meaning of all of this is to help and inspire people through my music, and make the world a better place one person at a time.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
I love live performances. It's where you can become truly connected with your audience on a personal level. There's a special feeling I get when I'm on stage, it's what I call my "euphoric high". Right now, "Someone Just Like You" is my favorite track, and the one I'm excited to perform live for the fans. The song is an eclectic blend of dance, retro 80’s with a nu-disco vibe. It’s an upbeat happy track with an infectious hook, that will get everyone up and dancing.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
The music industry in the last few years has really evolved in a positive way. Social media has opened up the door, and given new artists like myself, an opportunity to create music and share it directly with the fans. On the flip side, the challenges have been trying to reach the fans on a massive scale. The day everyone knows the artist Antonio, will certainly solve that problem. As an independent artist, time is also a challenge, as you wear many hats, which means you're doing a lot of things on your own.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Songwriting for me is the where the magic happens. Sometimes I write a song as I'm sitting at the piano, fooling around with a melody or a chord progression, and it's the music that comes first. Or sometimes it's the lyrics or a melody, that comes in my head that drives the creativity of the song. In terms of lyrics, I want my lyrics to jump out at you, exhilarate your soul and bring hope, love and peace to my fans. Ultimately, I want my songs to bring meaning to your life, help you escape the stresses of society, and let loose and have good time.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Without social media it would be impossible for independent artists as myself to even have a chance of climbing the music industry ladder against these conglomerate huge record companies. Can you imagine how hard it was back in the day to promote your music without social media!!! So, I am very grateful for its presence and the fan relationships that I've been able to build from it, has been absolutely amazing.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
The formula for success is very easy, follow your heart and passion for when it's fun it's not considered work!!!
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would bring back some 80's style music which ties into having music that's more fun and happy vibes.