Michéal Castaldo

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Micheal Castaldo
Birth name Michele Castaldo
Born (1962-09-25) September 25, 1962 (age 51)
Origin Calabria, Italy
Genres operatic pop, classical
Occupations Singer, Song Writer, Composer,[1] Music Producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1994–present
Labels Vital Records – Majestic Castle Music Productions, NYC
Associated acts Lives of a Cell
Website www.michealcastaldo.com

Michéal Castaldo (born September 25, 1962) is an Italian-born classical crossover tenor,[2] music producer and composer.[3]

Early life and musical career[edit]

Castaldo started his voice studies with maestro Pisapia, a protégé of the Italian operatic tenor Enrico Caruso.[4] Castaldo graduated from Oakwood Collegiate Institute in Toronto and Berklee College of Music in Boston (1986).

In 1989, Castaldo was named an Abe Olman Scholarship Award recipient by the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[5] Castaldo wrote and produced "Goin' Krazy" which was released by José Feliciano 1994, which entered the Billboard dance chart.[6][7]

Castaldo has recorded six solo studio albums. His third album Aceto was released in 2010. The album includes 14 classic and 2 original Italian songs. He recorded an Italian version of "Hallelujah" on the album. A video of the song was filmed in Toronto, Canada, in December 2010 by filmmaker Greg Riccio Jr. supporting the Free Hugs Campaign to promote random acts of kindness.[8]

In 2011, "Pray'r", an original song co-written with Stein Berge Svendsen, was released as a digi-single. Castaldo released an Italian album in 2012.[9] Since 2011, he has been touring Italy, the USA and Canada.[10] Castaldo performed his theatrical debut on May 15, 2011, at the Hearst Auditorium concert stage, which is part of Chaminade High School Athletic and Activity Center in Mineola, New York .[11]

In 2012, Castaldo was a competitor in The Europe Tourism Board classical-crossover artist award. Out of 37 submitted artists, he finished third.[12][13]

Castaldo was featured live on ABC TV for his performance on the Red Carpet during the 68th Annual New York Columbus Day parade 2012.[14]

In 2013, Castaldo's Bergamot Tour included 48 performances, and in 2014, there have been 21 tour dates by midyear, including a performance at Teatro F. Cilea Reggio, in Reggio Calabria, Italy for the fifth annual Mino Reitano memorial concert.

In March of 2014, he won the Top Artist award in the monthly contest held by ArtistSignal.com (by a record-breaking total number of 92,488 votes by 1338 voters). The Artist Signal top artist is awarded $10,000 USD to help them promote their music and career. [15]

Other activities[edit]

In addition to his singing and songwriting career, Castaldo is a successful entrepreneur. In 2000, Castaldo rebuilt his childhood home in Calabria, Italy, upgrading it into a rental villa.[16] In 2004 he founded the first olive oil cooperative in New York City. The coop provides the quality extra virgin olive oil direct from Famiglia Pellegrino, the family’s olive orchard in Calabria, Italy. [17][18]

Under the name "La Dolce Vita Foundation" (founded in 2007), Castaldo takes people with illnesses or "the blues" on rides in his customized 1993 Mazda Miata.[19][20]

Personal life[edit]

Castaldo is married to Bozena S. Castaldo (née Bozena S. Slowinska), who is a published scientist (Neurology Department) at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.[21] His stepdaughter, Ania Palega (née Ania Slowinska) is a graduate from CUNY with a PhD in Environmental Psychology.[22]

Discography[edit]

Solo Studio albums
Studio albums with Lives of a Cell
  • 1994: Only Human
  • 2002: Gioia2
Singles
  • 2010: "Io Credo"
  • 2011: "L'arcobaleno"
  • 2011: "Pray'r"
  • 2013: "Calabrisella Mia"

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