THE SECRET OF A FORMER TEEN RECORDING STAR
JAMES A. ROCCO,
In the seventies, a teenager named Jamie Alexander made his recording debut singing a few lines on FRANK SINATRA’s “Watertown” album. The album was produced by BOB GUADIO of THE FOUR SEASONS. Modern Screen Magazine announced the occasion with an article featuring Jamie, titled “How to Be a Teen Recording Star.”
This was the start of a musical career that took Jamie Alexander, now James Rocco, to CARNEGIE HALL and tours with HERBIE HANCOCK, WAYNE SHORTER, and THE SUPER SOUNDS. In between singing gigs, he starred on Broadway in “CATS,” all over the U.S. in “JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR,” and co-wrote and produced musical shows in his native New York.
He eventually accepted positions as director, choreographer, and producer, learning the joys of nurturing and guiding other performing artists. Those experiences were immensely valuable to ROCCO, and led him into the second phase of a lifelong devotion to the entertainment business. He barely noticed that he’d stopped singing altogether. His life as a recording artist was known only among his closest friends. A few years ago, at the urging of a friend, he sang at a benefit for victims of the Haiti earthquake (You Tube), and to his complete surprise, he fell again for his very first love: singing.
Rocco is currently the Vice President of Programming and Producing Artistic Director of The Ordway Center for Performing Arts, in St. Paul, Minnesota. His 2012 release, IT’S BETWEEN US, says ROCCO, “Is the CD I couldn’t not make. Final proof that it's never to late to follow your heart. The albums single, "AND THE NIGHT STOOD STILL" climbed to number 21 on the FMQB AC chart and received radio play at independent and college stations around the country.
ROCCO rocks and rolls as only a man of a certain age can. His music is introspective, personal, and all about circling back in on your dreams. A few years ago critics called Rocco a “tour de force” and “one of the finest voices to walk across the stage.” Listening to his music, you’ll understand why.