A Winged Voice Soars

By John Berkowitz,
Keep an eye out for Lisa Gentile.

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay. My, oh my what a wonderful day. These were the words that came to mind to describe the upbeat and cleansing feeling that quelled within after listening to the folk rock tales of Syracuse native, Lisa Gentile. Of the limited selections of her repertoire available online, I was pleasantly surprised by what I heard.

Lisa's music is quite heterogeneous as she shakes up the rhythms and tempos throughout to always keep us guessing. This young singer/songwriter writes beautiful lyrics that are poetic and swift with a packed punch. Her words dance in front of us from the cast of her sweet and heavenly divine voice like flames on candles through a gust of wind.

Lisa gives her music life through this brilliant orchestration. Her music is a form of storytelling following a similar artistic technique used by Billy Joel throughout his body of work. Hearing stories in this controlled medium was an extraordinary aural experience that was like a cup of chicken noodle soup that soothed the soul. Lisa's talents are equally matched by a superb auxiliary behind her to whisk us away.

One thing to admire about Lisa is her active stance and participation in charity events. Using her music for the common good, is there anything else more selfless and stunning? I have to say, playing folk rock in an urban environment from a self proclaimed cowgirl is pretty gutsy. I think her stellar body of work and heartfelt passion embedded into every note and word in her graceful music is a strong indication that Lisa is a fresh musician on the rise.


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