Monica Rizzio has performed in the folk acoustic band Tripping Lily for the past 10 years (and still continues to perform with). As successful as her band has been there was always something missing. As a child in Texas she used to stay up late and sing along to the records of Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Perry Como, and Ella Fitzgerald. Last year she was at a concert by legendary guitar players Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo, Olli Soikkeli, and bombshell bassist Nicki Parrott, when they asked her to sing a few numbers. Well, the audience was blown away, and a solo jazz career was born.
Monica went out on a whim and asked Vinny and Nicki to leave New York and travel to Cape Cod to record a life long dream of hers, a Holiday record. Accompanied by a true maestro on the Piano, Fred Boyle, legendary drummer Bart Weisman and the newest gypsy guitar player from New England, Ben Kushigian, the freshly assembled group bunkered down on Cape Cod and produced a Holiday album that is sure to make waves this season and beyond.
This album brings to life many traditional Christmas songs with lively guitar and piano solos, while a non-traditional holiday song, Walking in the Air, truly feels like Monica Rizzio's voice is taking you for a sleigh ride. A very unique a cappella
version of Away in a Manger, performed by Monica and Nicki Parrott, is the perfect blend of two spirits. You can feel the same feeling listening to this song as they felt while recording it. The final song, the traditional gospel hymn, Amazing Grace, shows the range of Monica Rizzio's musical instrument talents as well as her voice. Her beautiful ukulele leads you on a journey through one of the most recognizable songs and you will find yourself joining in with the whole band as they bring the CD to a climatic end.
It may be the end of the album but it is just the beginning of something amazing. Monica Rizzio opened for Chris Botti 2 years ago with her band Tripping Lily, and this is all he had to say, "It won't be long before Monica Rizzio and her voice are a household name."
"All Wrapped Up For The Holidays" is sure to bring Monica Rizzio into your homes and Holidays for years to come.