A perfect fit for your celebration, wedding reception, anniversary, or special occasion party, Joe De La Torre is retro song stylist who fits perfectly into the modern world. Joe De La Torre is one of the Bay Area’s most entertaining vocalists and recording artists; a truly unique talent whose reach and appeal are built upon his fresh take on a classic sound. De La Torre’s style is a lyrical journey through the pages of the Great American Songbook. Influenced by the likes legendary crooners, think, Jerry Vale, Al Martino, Vic Damone, Englebert Humperdink, and others, Joe takes a familiar song and make it his own. Big songs and a big voice means big fun for your big event!
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Joe de la Torre was raised by his father, Demetrio de la Torre, Sr. , a working musician and singer performing around southern California. That’s how he had made his living, put food on the table for the family all this life. “Dad taught my older brother Demetrio de la Torre, Jr and me to play the guitar when we were both young kids”, recall Joe.
“I woke early one morning”, Joe remembers, “with the sudden realization that time was moving fast and the years were indeed slipping away. I’d been working hard for so many years by then. I realized at that moment that I really needed to expand my horizons, to do something for myself. To balance working a bit of fun. I knew that the key for me was music. It was a family thing, in my blood, as they say”. Music had been such an important part of Joe’s life growing up he decided that he must embrace it again. First, by enrolling in a vocal school were he studied for a number of years to refine his voice and strengthen vocal skills. It was there, at the school that he recalls having his first good singing experience. “I soon found myself next to the beautiful grand piano out there in front of the large audience attending the school’s recitals,” Joe recalls fondly. He smiles as he says, ”I knew immediately that I loved singing for people and that I wanted to sing for the rest of my life”. When he completed the school programs he soon began looking for places to continue sing.
Things are moving fast. “It seems like we just complete the recording sessions for the first CD and now we’re well into the sessions for our second release”, states Joe. He continues, “I would like to mention the songs that I love to sing. I call them Classic Pop Songs. I love the great singers that made these songs famous and inspired me, names like Jerry Vale, Al Martino, Vic Damone, Englebert Humperdink and there are many others”. He adds, “ I love singing these songs mainly because I simply love them. Maybe secondarily because hardly anyone else is singing this kind of music today. And that’s a shame”. “So, as long as I can sing,” Joe continues, “I will be singing all these great songs. People really respond to this music. Sadly we’ve lost many of the great artists that sang these Classic Pop Songs”. Joe says he determined that, along with his many musician friends, they will be out there, on a stage somewhere performing and preserving the legacy of this type of great music.
Influences & Inspiration
I love to sing what I call the Classic Pop Songs. To give you an idea of the tunes I sing, I must mention the great singers that made these songs famous and inspired me, names like Jerry Vale, Al Martino, Vic Damone, Englebert Humperdink and so many others. I love singing these songs mainly because I simply love these songs. Maybe secondarily because hardly anyone else is singing this kind of music today. And that’s a shame. So, as long as I can sing I will be singing all these great songs. People need to hear this music. Sadly we’ve lost many of the great artists that sang these Classic Pop Songs. I am determined that, along with many musician friends and bandmates, we will be out there, on a stage somewhere performing and preserving the legacy of this type of great music.
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