It's hard to tell whether Frank Vieira found country music, or whether country found him, but there's no denying the fit is as perfect as the busted-up Pittsburgh Penguins cap that's a fixture on his head.
Born on Valentine's Day, 1990, in Schenectady, N.Y., Frank has put his heart into everything he's ever done, from being a three-sport athlete all through high school to the music he now plays and loves. As he makes his way onto the country music scene, you can hear the passion in his voice and see it in his face when he performs, from the heartfelt "Over, Over You," the title track to his first album, to the rollicking rhythm of "Never Mine To Lose." In the end, Frank says, the lyrics are everything. And even though he's only 20, he's crafted nearly 100 songs -- 9 of which are featured on "Over, Over You," a labor of love pumped out during the summer of 2010 with producer Dave Rice.
On his myspace page (www.myspace.com/frankvieiramusic), Frank describes it this way: "A little left of center,î would describe my path in life into music. I grew up with no interest, no desire to ever do anything musically, until my senior year In high school (Vestal, N.Y.) where we were offered an elective to build an acoustic guitar .... I took the class, fell in love with the guitar and haven't put it down since. It may be odd to think a country singer could come from New York, and people always ask why I play the kind of music I do, I say, why not. Its about the lyrics and about the feeling you get knowing that someone relates to exactly what your saying that makes country music special. ... My music is patterned after my favorite artists, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, and Brad Paisley. My goal is to write songs that people can relate to. Songs that you listen to and say 'Hey I've been there before' or 'That happened to me.' That's the most rewarding thing I believe when someone comes up to you after a show and says your song helped get me through my day. Putting a smile on someones face playing a good ol' bar song never hurts either’.
Frank has had the opportunity to play around the Pittsburgh Music Scene for the past two years as well as Upstate New York. He has also played a few large events such as the Pennsylvania Special Olympics, Apple Fest (Endicott, New York), and a featured show on RMU TV.
At some point, he says, you'll find him in Nashville. And why not? His musical idol, Eric Church, has already given him the inspiration. Like Eric, Frank thanks God he ain't what he almost was.