Born in the small beach town of Santa Cruz, California, Frankie Moreno had his first encounter with music at the age of two. His father and uncle had a popular local band and they would hold their weekly rehearsals at the house. It was there young Frankie was exposed to music and became intrigued. He would sit by the pianist, watching intently and was soon able to play all of their songs by memory.
Moreno would practice the piano for hours daily. He could play anything he heard on the spot flawlessly and at lightning speeds. News of the young talent traveled fast throughout the city and his parents were constantly asked to bring him to local events to perform. By the time he had turned seven, he was playing professionally. He was putting on concerts across the state and would have to be raised up on a box to reach the keys of the piano.
At the age of eleven, he was introduced to American audiences with nation-wide television exposure. Rapidly, his popularity escalated around the country. He was invited to play much larger events, and his performance schedule grew busier by the month. Agents, Managers, Promoters, and Record Labels began calling. It was quite a whirlwind for the Moreno family but very exciting at the same time.
Right after graduating High School, Moreno received an invite to move to Nashville. There, the young musician advanced his singing and songwriting talents. While playing piano, harmonica, and mandolin in numerous recording sessions, he still continued his live performances around the country. He was signed to write music for the major publishing company, Cal 4 Entertainment, where he became the youngest member of their songwriting staff.
At one of his performances, a disc jockey from a radio station in Germany was in attendance and took one of Moreno's self-made albums home with him. He loved the music and spun it on his station daily which eventually led to thousands of orders throughout Europe and a number six spot on their playlist. This was Moreno's first step in receiving international exposure.
Moreno decided it was time to try someplace new and moved to the fast growing city of Las Vegas, NV. He had performed there off and on since he was a teenager and thought it would be a fun challenge since he played primarily original music, something Vegas crowds were not accustomed to. Work instantly came in from every major venue Vegas had to offer, and the people more than graciously accepted his music. Lonely Planet Travel Guide even listed Frankie and his band as a "must see" for Vegas travelers.
Frankie and his two younger brothers, Tony and Ricky, began writing music together. Traveling around the world for inspiration, they would write and release a new album every year and it would get played across America and throughout Europe on various independent radio stations. Frankie also began composing his symphonic works and orchestral arrangements.
His recent collaboration for SONY Records with world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell reached the #1 slot on the Billboard Charts in two categories. Other artists included on this album are Sting, Josh Groben, Chris Botti and Regina Spektor. Together they filmed the PBS special "Live at Lincoln Center". Moreno and Bell have performed together on several different occasions including national television and radio broadcasts and have been seen in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Strings Magazine, AOL Music and MTV-UK.
In 2009, after finishing a national tour with CMA Award nominee Billy Currington and co-headlining with SugarLand, Frankie and his band joined multi-platinum artists Air Supply for their world tour. Air Supply's new album, recorded by Moreno's band, features five tracks co-written by Frankie, including their radio single "Dance With Me" which debuted in Billboards Top 40. He composed the string arrangements on the album and for their live shows. Moreno has conducted orchestras around the globe including The Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House.
Frankie Moreno has commanded audiences everywhere with his highly contagious music and playful stage antics. His songs are cleverly crafted and his musicianship is virtuoso. His music is consistently rich with influences of pop, rock, and classical, yet each of his live performances are very different from each other, never painting the same picture twice. He is unquestionably an extremely unique artist and an all around talent who puts his heart and soul into his music.