Vince Chiarelli comes from a bloodline of musical tradition. Starting when he was 18 months old, Vince showed everyone his singing ability and musical talent. Not only has he inherited his grandfather’s name, but is also keeping the legacy of his grandfather’s music alive. Vince embraces a philosophy in life that he adapted from his grandfather: “Be happy for everyone, and everyone will be happy for you.”
Vince’s grandfather, Vince Chiarelli Sr., started a record label in 1967 that Vince runs today. Vince grew up hearing stories of his grandfather playing in Nashville, writing songs and being well connected to the Chicago music scene. In Italy, Vince Sr. played with the famous Italian musician Franco li Causi, who is known in the U.S. for writing songs in The Godfather movies. Vince studied this type of music with his grandfather and was taught a style of music that is truly authentic to the Italian-American culture.
Watch this video produced by Our City, Our Story, of Rockford, IL, about Vince and his grandfather.
Vince Sr. also taught his grandson the connection between Italian music and American Pop music from the 50’s & 60’s. Vince Sr. didn’t like country music but would record country artists. He wrote a country song as a joke. A Nashville band ended up playing it on “Hee Haw” show and the song is now in Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame. It was Vince Sr.’s biggest success as a songwriter.
It is well known that the unique flavor of Italian culture has shaped our modern Art, Architecture and Literature. From Leonardo DaVinci to the Tuscan Villas to the writings of Dante Alighieri, Italian culture serves as a foundation for today. Yet, many are still unaware of the influence of Italian music on American popular music of today. Vince Chiarelli is out to change this!
Vince is out to teach the world about the influence of his culture on American popular music. Vince Chiarelli & The Italian Influence is a show that entertains, enlightens and engages as audience members embark on a journey that reveals the link between classic Italian standards and modern hits by artists like Dion, Bobby Darin, Roy Orbison, Dean Martin and others. As part of this outstanding show, he pays tribute to his grandfather by performing songs written and made popular by his grandfather. Don’t miss this fabulous experience and opportunity to explore the link between Italian culture and modern American popular music!