My Way Sinatra Sing-Off Contest 2022 – Hoboken, NJ (.gov) | WHs Answers

Contestants compete for the title of Best Sinatra-style Singer

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held at the DeBaun Auditorium, 24 5th St., between River Terrace and Hudson Street.
on the Steven’s Institute of Technology campus.

For more information, email gfallo@hobokennj.gov.

Prices courtesy of: Annie & Em’s Bakeshop, Anthony Davids, Baking Mama, Bin 14, Black Rail Coffee, Blue Eyes Restaurant, Body Balance Massage Spa, Carpe Diem Pub and Restaurant, Dino and Harry’s Steakhouse, Empire Coffee & Tea Co., Gregory’s Coffee, Halifax, Hoboken Barbershop, Hoboken Hair for Men, Hoboken Historical Museum, Joey No Nuts, Kings Food Market, Leo’s Grandevous, Lepore’s Hoboken’s Famous Chocolates, Little City Books, Massage Envy, Stingray Lounge, The Hoboken Man, The Madison Bar and Grill, Tonsorium Parlor , Melodies Hoboken and Yuki’s Bakery and Coffee.

Many thanks to our sponsors

Blue Eyes Restaurant, Burgiss, Colavita, Ironstate, Muller Insurance, The Rockefeller Group and Veolia

These programs are made possible in part by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise , County Executive and the Board of County Commissioners.

To reserve an assisted hearing aid, email gfallo@hobokennj.gov three weeks before a performance.

The candidates

Lou ArmagnoLou Armagno
Cleveland, Ohio

Growing up in the ’50s and ’60s, my family listened to the standards, specifically the music of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, and others. When I started singing, people would tell me I sounded like Sinatra, so I was drawn to his music. In 2011, while I was singing in karaoke bars after work, I was invited to join the group The Crooners. We performed every Saturday for 2 years which led to a mentorship with international recording artist Ginai and performances with other bands. After 40 years of traveling around the world with the US Air Force, I returned to Cleveland, Ohio. I formed my own band, Sinatra Selects, in 2014 and have been playing the music of Sinatra and the Great American Songbook throughout the North Shore ever since.

Sina Tracey Bentley
(pronounced sin-AH’-truh-see)
Mount Airy, North Carolina

I work in car sales and finance. In September 2018 I turned 50 and decided I was too old to be afraid of trying new things; It was time to do something I love. So I decided to face my fear of standing in front of people to sing. After driving past a local karaoke bar a few Friday nights, I decided to go in and eventually put my name on the list. When my name came up – luckily I didn’t know anyone there – I hesitantly walked onto the stage. I nervously started “Strangers in the Night” in front of 25-30 strangers! When I finished, these nice people applauded and I wasn’t nervous anymore. From that day on, it was all I wanted to do!

Mike Bowen

Michael Jack Bowen
Arlington, Texas

I recently retired after 35 years in the medical supply industry. My love for Frank Sinatra came from watching his films as a young boy in Ohio. Having sung in choirs my whole life, I stopped at a senior center one day on a whim. I told them I loved singing Sinatra and asked if they would let me sing for the residents. They said, “When can you start?!” After two years of honing my show there, I contacted a local Italian restaurant with live entertainers. They let me try it out on a busy Saturday night. It was magical! People danced, applauded and gave me money. Four years later I’m still there – and the manager says she never wants me to leave.

Perry D’Andrea

Perry D’Andrea
San Francisco, California

The Italian side of my family hails from Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Both of my grandmothers parents were born in Italy. I was born and raised in Toccoa, Georgia. I was a contractor in Georgia after working as a lab technician at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in San Francisco. For five years I’ve been singing Frank Sinatra tribute shows, mostly in the Bay Area, as my only job. I saw Sinatra on TV in the 1960s (and heard him on the radio from a young age). At the age of 5 or 6 I decided that he was the only singer in the world who got it right. I tried to sing like him, especially once my voice changed!

Paul Kapello

Paul Kapello
St. Augustine, Florida

I am a retired Army Chaplain and currently working as a Government Operations Advisor at the Florida Department of Children and Families. I’m also a part-time entertainer with a weekly Frank Sinatra tribute in Saint Augustine, Florida. When I was deployed to Iraq in 2009, my wife gave me a recently released compilation album, Nothing But the Best. I had never really heard Frank Sinatra, but I picked up this CD and wow, was I hooked! When I came back I knew many of the songs by heart. I started performing as Paul Capello, Sinatra Tribute Artist about five years ago.

Joe Craco

Joe Craco
Massapequa, New York

I am a retired teacher and coach. Even as a child, I always felt a connection to Mr. Sinatra. Maybe it was because I was also Italian-American, or maybe because friends and family called me Blue Eyes. My grandfather told stories about baseball, music and Sinatra, but it wasn’t until I was 21 and he died that I really got interested in Mr. Sinatra’s music to still feel close to him. I was instantly hooked. A few decades later my daughter was born and we started singing together. We had a little karaoke machine and then she discovered a karaoke app on her phone about 7 years ago and I haven’t stopped singing Sinatra ever since.

Dylan Kaplan

Dylan Kaplan
Haddonfield, NJ

I am Business Development Manager for Cisco Systems. My passion for Frank started while listening to the Great American Songbook with my grandparents in the car. They had given me his original records which serve both as a reminder of his music and as memories I have from enjoying the songs with my family.

Bill Pantle

Bill Pantle
Highland Park, Illinois

I’m a general contractor and have been entertaining Chicago viewers with my “Tribute to Old Blue Eyes” for almost 10 years. Surrounded by some of the region’s finest jazz and big band musicians, my baritone voice and quick wit make you feel like you’re standing in front of The Voice himself, Frank Sinatra. I started with my mother on the family piano, singing classical standards. I joined the local church choir, sang Christmas carols during the holidays, and sang with my cousins ​​on my uncle’s Wurlitzer organ. These early influences and my parents’ love of big band music and classic crooners led to my current show.

Alex Pele

Alex Pele
Hoboken, New Jersey

I was born in New Jersey and have been a Hoboken resident since 2021 and currently work in finance in New York City. I’ve sung in musical groups and as a soloist since I was a child, but recently I’ve become more involved with Sinatra when my grandmother asked me to sing for her at her 90th birthday party.

Frank Pizzano

Frankie Pizzano
Pinehurst, Texas

I’ve owned a crude oil desalter business, served 5 years in the Marines, been a Force Recon paratrooper, mountaineer, marathon runner, submarine driver, Navy diver, NASCAR driver, and a two-time National Champion Singer. I began singing at the age of 6 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. My mother was a choir director and our family had 8 children so we were half the choir. My mother always listened to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett. I memorized most of the songs, so when it came time to sing in competitions, I was ahead of the curve. I sing a variety of artists but Sinatra is my cornerstone and I cut my teeth out on Ol’ Blue Eyes!!!

Damien Powell

Damien Powell
Hoboken, New Jersey

I am originally from the UK, moved to the US 8 years ago and now live in Hoboken with my wife and two children. I have worked in financial services in London, Paris, Tokyo and New York throughout my career. When I was 16, a friend played me a Sinatra album and I’ve been hooked ever since. But my real interest in singing came when I was living in Japan. A friend took me to a karaoke bar in Tokyo for the first time in 1996. That’s when I discovered I had a voice. I’ve been told that “New York, New York” is one of my best numbers and that I even resemble Sinatra a little!

Wendell Rakosky

Wendell Rakosky
Ellicott City, Maryland

I have sung in choirs, classic rock bands and as a soloist for over 50 years, from Nashville to Disney Studios Orlando. During the pandemic, I set up a home studio to live stream on YouTube and was eventually asked to join Sessions Live, an international streaming platform for aspiring musicians. I was drawn to Frank Sinatra because of the stories his songs told. The songs make you happy and remind you of a simpler time. When I perform again I enjoy seeing people smile, tap my feet and sing along. They tell me how important Frank’s music was to them. It fills me with humility to know that I helped them recall those memories.

Barry Wayne

Barry Wayne
Scottish Plains, New Jersey

I’m an investment manager and owner of a wedding DJ company. I grew up in Rockland County where my grandma Shirley and grandpa Bert would always let me listen to Sinatra in their record room. Grandma told me how she met Nancy Sinatra and went to Frank’s concerts. I fell in love with his voice and style and then started singing his songs as a teenager. I continue to admire Sinatra and learn more songs every year, with a repertoire now in excess of 100 songs. I enjoy performing Sinatra songs at weddings, special occasions and community gatherings, as well as at local venues.

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