A friend battling brain cancer” Musical stars team up to make a Christmas wish come true
American Idol season 2 finalists Lou Gazzara and Broadway actor/trumpet recording artist Joey Pero are slated to release O Holy Night, dedicated to longtime friend and Erie, PA resident Troy Schmidt who is currently battling Glioblastoma or “GBL”, a progressive form of brain cancer.
Pero and Schmidt met while performing in the Drum and Bugle Corps activity 20 years ago. “Troy is one heck of a brass musician and friend” Pero said. In late September, 2020, Schmidt asked to hear Pero perform his favorite Christmas tune, O Holy Night written by Adolphe Adam. Pero immediately jumped into action “This is the fastest I’ve ever turned around a recording project” He said. Schmidt, 58 has had a difficult past several years. His wife Amy, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2015 and has deteriorated rapidly to the point of unawareness prior to his own diagnosis. "Troy has remained positive and faithful throughout his difficult journey, always putting others first". Pero remarked.
In August, Pero cut-short a visit with friend and former Zappos CEO/venture capitalist Tony Hsieh to attend a surprise performance for Schmidt in Erie, PA. Hsieh unexpectedly passed away at age 46 on November 27th from injuries sustained in a house fire. “Everything happens, what matters is what happens after”.
“I had only one artist in mind to perform the vocals on this track” Pero said. “Lou and I have been friends for years. I’m so happy he was able and willing to perform with me.” Gazzara graciously accepted and offered to co-produce the release. Las Vegas based headliner Lou Gazzara was a finalist on season 2 of American Idol, besting millions of vocalists to secure his place among the elite competition. He’s since been seen performing on Vegas The Show and has headlined numerous cruise ship voyages around the globe.
Gazzara and Pero enlisted UK based producer Ryan Louder whose credits include collaborations with Dua Lipa, Migos, Pavrov Stelar, Pixie Lott, Katherine Jenkins Anastasia among others. In 2018, Louder reached Billboard No.5 with Migos and in 2019, had a Worldwide No.1 Album with Dido’s Still On My Mind having co-written and produced 8 Songs. “This release features a full orchestration with Lou and I at the helm. I utilized a multi-layered trumpet performance.” Pero said.
Pero’s recent release Let It Go has reached a half million streams so far on his social media campaign. Pero was most recently seen on the 50th anniversary tour of Jesus Christ Superstar written by Sir Andrew Loyd Webber and Sir Tim Rice before covid-19 halted all Broadway shows and touring companies. He performed the part of Nick Radel in the Tony Award-winning show Bandstand written by Richard Oberacker and Rob Taylor.
In a November interview, Pero said “I’ve plans to release music on a more frequent basis now, including serious work on a new rock opera aimed for Broadway”.
Pero said “I also would like to give special mention to Shannon Lewis, Keith Thompson and Noriko Sunamoto for their brilliant ideas and fast paced work in aiding this release”
O Holy Night is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all major digital distribution/streaming sites.
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Actor/trumpet recording artist Joey Pero has released a new single “Let It Go” featuring Savannah Smith.
Broadway actor and trumpet recording artist Joey Pero has announced the release of a new single featuring Savannah Smith; Let It Go from the Disney hit movie FROZEN. “We pulled out all the stops for this release” He said. “Let It Go is so iconic throughout the world, we had to assemble a team that would make this recording a stand-out”.
Pero, 39, collaborated with top musicians for his release. An award-winning producer/engineer Robert L. Smith whose resume’ includes collaborations with the likes of artists Lady Gaga, U2, David Bowie and Aerosmith. Pero enlisted a friend and prominent Las Vegas talent Savannah Smith to carry the torch for the widely revered vocal track. Smith, known for her impressive power and vocal range has been a featured performer on Vegas the Show and performs with her own band The Moonshiners which features a throw-back twist on modern music.
Pero brought his signature high notes and technique to the track and a delicate vocal quality to underscore Smith’s unyielding vocal. “I used trumpet, flugelhorn and piccolo trumpet on this recording” he said.
Pero played the part of Nick Radel in the Tony award-winning musical Bandstand directed by Andy Blankenbuehler and written by Richard Oberacker and Rob Taylor. His debut record Resonance catapulted him to world-wide recognition in 2009, establishing his unique musical prowess and collaborating with the likes of Phoebe Snow, Freddie Cole and Jack Antonoff. He was a featured performer at the first inauguration of Barack Obama that same year.
Pero was most recently seen on the 50th anniversary tour of Jesus Christ Superstar written by Sir Andrew Loyd Webber and Sir Tim Rice before covid-19 halted all Broadway shows and touring companies.
“I’ve plans to release music on a more frequent basis now, including serious work on a new rock opera aimed for Broadway” He said.
Let It Go is available on iTunes, Spotify and all major digital distribution sites.
Listen to the New single "Let it Go" Now!
Hey Friends! The response to Laura and I's new single Happy Xmas (War Is Over) has been fantastic! Thank you all for your support. There is more music coming soon so stay up-to-date and follow me on www.facebook.com/joeyperomusic
You can hear the single for free below! For the high quality version, you can download on all major digital distributors. Thank you for your support!
Joey Pero's 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' Single to Feature Broadway's Laura Osnes
Actor/musician Joey Pero has announced the upcoming release of his newly recorded single "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" originally written and recorded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Scheduled for a December 12, 2017 release, the single will feature Broadway Leading Lady Laura Osnes on vocals as well as Pero on trumpet and vocals.
"I wanted to record a song with a message of peace; something we can all embrace a bit more during these tumultuous times." Pero said in a recent Facebook posting. "I truly believe if we have any chance at world peace it will be through art and music, not money and politics."
The single features a talented team including Emmy Award Winning producer Peter Fish who worked as producer on Pero's 2009 debut release Resonance.
Pero and Osnes recently costarred in the Tony Award Winning Broadway show "Bandstand" Written by Rob Taylor and Richard Oberacker and Directed/Choreographed by three-time Tony Winner Andy Blankenbuehler.
"Happy Xmas (Was Is Over)" will be available online though all major digital distributors as well as streaming online.
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January 1, 2015
The Joey Pero Band returns to Downtown Las Vegas for a limited engagement run before heading back to New York.
Downtowns long-standing trumpet recording artist and band leader Joey Pero will be performing with his band for three more engagements downtown. Pero, 33, is headed back east to pursue an opportunity with the highly anticipated Broadway show called "Bandstand" a Musical. Hailed by the New York Post as "A strong TONY hopeful for best musical", "Bandstand" features composition and lyrics by Las Vegas talents Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor. Pero was offered the position after auditioning in New York for the roll in July.
Prior to his Vegas years, Pero studied at New York's prestigious Juilliard School where he was mentored by "Wynton Marsalis". He toured with Jazz trumpet legend "Maynard Ferguson" in 2005 and released his highly acclaimed record "Resonance" featuring the likes of Freddie Cole (brother to Nat) and Phoebe Snow. Joey has performed in 42 states and 7 counties. He was a featured performer at the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009 and headlined the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Australia and Minnesota.
While in Las Vegas, Joey's become a staple in many circles of the entertainment capital, performing regularly downtown and at the Smith Centers' Composers Showcase. Pero's band performed at the Life Is Beautiful Festival, The Downtown Grand, The Cosmopolitan as well as several downtown locations. He performs frequently at "Jersey Boy" at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas and has also been a member of the national touring cast of the hit show.
The Joey Pero Band will perform a free show this Saturday, November 22nd from 6-9PM at the Downtown Container Park, a venue he has played since the parks opening last year. In stark contrast to his usual high energy set, Pero and his team will perform in a collaborative concert with "Is It Floyd" at the Bunkhouse Saloon December 11th at 8 and 10PM. The show will feature a live band performing Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" along with a viewing of "The Wizard of Oz". Tickets are $10. Pero's "Resolution" show will be on January 9th at the Bunkhouse Saloon 7:30PM.
We're very excited to announce "Dinner with Joey Pero at Downtown Container Park"
I've teamed up with Big Ern's BBQ for a very special weekly offer. This will be available Wednesday evenings ONLY to those in our network! Between 5-7PM stop in to Big Ern's for some delicious home style BBQ and mention you're there to have "Dinner with Joey". You'll receive a free fountain drink or Pabst Blue Ribbon beer compliments of yours truly!
Join our event, help spread the word and make your plans to have Dinner with Joey Pero Wednesday nights from 5-7PM.
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New dates added
We've added a bunch of new dates to our schedule. Also, look for some very cool perks to attending our Wednesday nights at Container Park. Check out our Facebook page event page HERE. See you there!
HELP US KICK START OUR 2ND ALBUM!
Hi JP Fans! Thank you so much for your continued support and now we could use a bit more help. I've put together a top notch team that is ready to help me put together my second album, but we need some dollars to make it happen. If you could check out our new kickstarter campaign and help spread the news, I would really appreciate it. Check it out here!
Greetings JP fans!
Thank you all for your continued support. As promised, there is a LOT on the horizon. Over the past several years, I've taken time to write new music, fine tune the band, analyze the successes and opportunities of "Resonance" and establish myself in the Las Vegas music scene. I've met some incredible folks who believe whole heartedly with the music and the next phase of my career. I enjoy staying in touch with you via facebook, twitter, vine etc.
I cannot wait for you to hear our new music! As always, expect the unexpected and stay tuned for news and updates.