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Joanna Pacitti

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Joanna Pacitti
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Joanna Pacitti at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Carb Day for the 2009 Indianapolis 500.
Background information
Birth name Joanna Pacitti
Born (1984-10-06) October 6, 1984 (age 30)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres R&B, pop rock, soul
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actress
Years active 1996–present
Labels A&M, Geffen
Associated acts 10HrsattheMachine
Website Official MySpace

Joanna Pacitti (born October 6, 1984) is an American singer and former lead vocalist in the band City (Comma) State.



In 1996, at age 12, Pacitti was chosen to star in the 20th anniversary revival of the musical Annie after entering a contest sponsored by the department store Macy's.[1] Pacitti starred in 106 performances with the national tour, obtaining mixed reviews.

Shortly before the show was to open on Broadway, she was terminated by the show's producers.[2] The firing generated national publicity. Pacitti appeared for interviews on ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, American Journal and Turning Point, an in-depth report with Barbara Walters. Her family employed a public relations strategist to elicit opportunities with various media outlets.[citation needed] After successfully appealing the initial rejection of her case,[2] Pacitti eventually settled out of court on undisclosed terms.[3]

Music career

Pacitti began pursuing a pop career throughout her teenage years. When she was 14 years old, she was discovered by Michelle Young, who met her in a restaurant and was instantly impressed by her demo tapes. Young introduced her to various people in the music business, ultimately resulting in a five-year record deal with industry giant Ron Fair of A&M records.

At the age of 16, Pacitti was officially signed to A&M Records. Prior to her own album debut, she appeared in various soundtracks, including the Legally Blonde soundtrack in 2001 and in a five track promotional CD released with Mattel’s My Scene - Chelsea Spring Break (Series 2), called My Scene -Chelsea Mix. In 2002, the Taiwanese girl group S.H.E made a cover of her song "Watch Me Shine". By the age of 18, Pacitti had already written about 100 songs.

In 2003, Pacitti was one of three participants in MTV's First Year, which detailed the process of obtaining various professions over the course of a year. Pacitti is seen attempting to launch a music career in the show.

In 2004, she had a brief appearance on the show What I Like About You, in which she played a singer named Amber and sang her song "Ultraviolet".

After many years of delay at the hands of A&M Records, Pacitti's first single, "Let It Slide", was finally released in May 2006 under Geffen Records and went to radio at the end of June. Her debut album, This Crazy Life, was released on August 15, 2006. The album debuted at #31 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

Throughout 2006, she toured with Sheryl Crow and Nick Lachey. She then joined Teen People’s Rock’n’Shop Tour in July.

During the first half of 2007, Pacitti recorded the song "Out From Under" for the Bratz: Motion Picture Soundtrack. The song was later covered by Britney Spears in 2008, and was featured on her sixth studio album, Circus.

When her label faced significant budget cuts, Joanna parted ways with Geffen Records in late 2007. She had been working on a follow-up to This Crazy Life at the time.

Joanna was the lead singer of the band City (Comma) State, until they broke up in May 2011.

American Idol

Pacitti auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in Louisville, Kentucky, in an episode that aired on January 21, 2009. She passed the audition into the Hollywood round. Pacitti's past accomplishments have stirred debate about whether American Idol contestants should be strictly amateur performers.[4]

On the February 11 Idol broadcast, she was shown advancing into the Top 36. FOX issued a press release the next morning announcing that Pacitti was "ineligible to continue" and was removed from the competition.[5] According to Star magazine, the reasoning behind this was that Pacitti has "very personal connections" to Michelle Young and Roger Widynowski, two executives that work at the Los Angeles office of American Idol's 19 Entertainment.

In addition to living in the same apartment complex as the 19 Entertainment executives for several years, Pacitti has also allegedly called Young her "manager" and "best friend," and credited Widynowski—a former RCA Records publicist—with "helping me get where I am today."[citation needed] She was replaced on the program by Felicia Barton.[6][7]


Week Theme Song(s) Original artist Result
Audition N/A "We Belong" Pat Benatar Advanced
Hollywood Night 1 round Unaired Unaired Advanced
Hollywood Group performance "Some Kind of Wonderful" Soul Brothers Six Advanced
Hollywood N/A "If I Ain't Got You" Alicia Keys Advanced, later disqualified



Year Album details Peak Sales
2006 This Crazy Life
  • Released: August 15, 2006
  • Label: Geffen
  • US Sales: 16,000




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  2. ^ a b Pacitti v. Macy's, 193 F.3d 766 (3d Cir. 1999)
  3. ^ Zinoman, Jason (May 21, 2004). "On Stage And Off". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ "For Some, American Idol is a Second Luck at Fame". Yahoo News. February 4, 2009. 
  5. ^ Serjeant, Jill (February 12, 2009). ""American Idol" boots off Joanna Pacitti". Reuters. 
  6. ^ Catlin, Roger. "Joanna Pacitti Ineligible, 'Idol' Says". Hartford Courant. 
  7. ^ Elber, Lynn (2009-02-12). "Joanna Pacitti Disqualified From "American Idol"". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 

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