Connellsville native releases first studio recording

| Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, 5:01 p.m.

The big day has finally come for singer Cait Cuneo.

Music has been a lifetime journey for the Connellsville singer. She will make her first performance to celebrate the release of her first studio recording “Violet” on Jan. 18 in the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh.

And the Connellsville community is urged to attend.

Cuneo wanted to have the performance where everyone involved in her past and future could attend. A lot of hard work and time have been dedicated to the recording process, the recent release and the upcoming performance, she said.

The 10-piece band appearing with her consists of some of the most talented musicians in the country, she said. They have been rehearsing constantly in a studio to make this performance a night to remember.

“This has been such a long time in the making. I am blessed to be able to share this music that I am so proud of. It will mean a lot to see all the familiar faces in the crowd. I sing for all of you,” Cuneo said.

The performance is for all ages.

“I think my music is for both adults and children. Music is something we all grew up with and something everyone can relate to,” she said.

Cuneo began working on “Violet” a year ago in her home in Connellsville. “Violet,” named after her grandmother, focuses on strength and honesty. She would write songs when she had small breaks from touring with several groups.

With the help of family, friends and fans, Cuneo was able to fund her trips to New York City to record the album. The recording, mixing and mastering process took about six months to complete. The official release to the public was on Dec. 21.

“Violet” is available on CD or to download on iTunes. The record has been getting great reviews and feedback from fans.

“It has been played on several radio stations, and DJs have been getting calls asking about my music. The most meaningful comments have come from the fans; so many have messaged me just to say thank you,” she said.

During the past several months, Cuneo has been promoting the record while preparing for the release show. She has done several radio interviews and performances to spread her music and message to as many listeners as possible.

Many of the people involved with the project received a free copy of “Violet” to thank them for their time and effort.

Her manager, guitarist and brother, Vince Cuneo, has been behind the scenes “working hard,” which is a family motto and is the title of Cait Cuneo's first original song.

From hiring the musicians to producing the record to creating album artwork to hanging posters, Vince Cuneo has been organizing the project to allow his sister the freedom to be the musical solo voice that she desires.

“When I saw a person's reaction to my sister's voice, I knew that I had to dedicate myself to this. I believe in Cait's talent with all my heart and soul,” Vince Cuneo said.

Brother and sister have a goal and a dream bigger than themselves.

Though this is a very difficult career path, they are committed to achieve their dream and enjoy the recognition that hard work brings.

The Jan. 18 show in Pittsburgh is the night that area residents and fans can recognize the endless dedication and hard work the young, talented Connellsville sister and brother have put in.

“Cait's show would be a perfect opportunity for parents to take their kids to show them that with hard work and determination your dreams can come true, and it's always nice to see someone from Connellsville succeed in life, too. We just hope the citizens of the Connellsville area will plan to attend to show their support for Cait,” said Greg Lincoln, president of the recreation board.

“A second album is already in the works, and music is written. Because they are starving musicians, there are no shortcuts. There is no big-time promoter or rich Uncle Guido with deep pockets. This entire project is homegrown. They need local support — ears listening to the album and bodies at the shows. I am asking everyone to bring their family and friends to the Rex to see this show,” said Gayle Cuneo, mother of Vince and Cait and a longtime music teacher in the Connellsville Area School District.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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