Michéal CASTALDO is an award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur from New York City. He was born in Calabria, Italy, and has fans all over the world, including many from the tristate area.
As a young child when his parents emigrated from Calabria to Canada in the 1960s, michéal was exposed at an early age to American rock & roll and Italian pop music as well as the various Italian languages. His father, who originally crafted wooden barrels (a “Cooper”) for wine and balsamic vinegar in Calabria in the 1950s, became a general purpose carpenter when the family moved to a lively Italian community in Toronto, Canada.
At nine-years-old, young michéal, a member of his Catholic church’s choir was chosen by a priest to sing a solo. After the mass, parishioners came up to the young man and praised his voice. At that moment, the music bug bit michéal and a singing career was born.
He began studying guitar, piano, trumpet, and songwriting. He studied voice with the renowned Maestro Pisapia, a protégé of the great Italian operatic tenor, Enrico Caruso, and songwriting with the legendary Doc Pomus.
After an education at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, michéal moved to NYC to pursue a professional music career.
Though he began singing in English, michéal switched to Italian when audiences responded to his unique hometown repertoire. While he mostly sings in Italy’s “official” Florentine language, he is equally adept at the Neapolitan and Calabrian languages and has recorded songs in each.
A lifetime of Italian living has brought a smooth texture, rich flavor and romantic hue to michéal’s Italian crossover music.
On December 10 of this year, michéal CASTALDO will be performing “Songs of Angels: Italian Christmas Hymns and Carols,” a traditional Christmas concert, at Saint Ann Catholic Church in Hoboken, NJ. He will be accompanied by the Castaldo String Quartet. This concert is a fundraiser to help the church meet its restoration fundraising goals for 2016.