Hey! John DePalma here! Some stuff about me: I'm originally from a small town near the Jersey shore called Wall. I am the third of four children, two older sisters, and one younger brother. I came to New York about 5 years ago and have been living, working and singing in Manhattan ever since. My parents are of Italian descent, which explains both my love of great vocal music, and my ability to choose quality deli meats. Thanks primarily to my father's interest in popular music, I grew up in a house filled with the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughn, Edyie Gourmet, Andy Williams, Barbra Streisand, Sergio Mendes (Brazil '66), Tom Jones?.the list is endless. When I was older and just starting to snoop around in my sister's room, I discovered her records: the incredible blues rock of Led Zeppelin, and the Allman Brothers, as well as the perfect pop of the Carpenters and the Eagles. I credit my family's eclectic record collection for igniting my desire to sing and perform.
I've been singing on and off in the NYC cabaret scene for 4 years. In that time I've done a couple of shows, one at the old Eighty-Eights and another at Don't Tell Mama. I've performed at benefits, fund-raisers, and memorial services at places like Tavern on the Green, Bargemusic in Brooklyn and the beautiful Marble Collegiate Church. I've appeared at Caroline's Comedy Club as a featured singer in Mario Cantone's "Booze and Broadway" review as well as the "Jamie DeRoy and Friends" variety show at the West Bank Caf?. My 4 season (1995-1999) affiliation with the NYCGMC and it's sub-group Uptown Express, has allowed me to perform 13 times at Carnegie Hall, 6 times as a featured soloist. Currently, my membership with the Chorus is limited to the 8-10 man pops ensemble Uptown Express, which performs their own cabaret shows, at Don't Tell Mama, twice a year. Singing with Uptown Express (also directed by James Followell) continues to be a great group singing experience for me. It's been challenging trying to balance two jobs, night classes, relationships (another story!) with a love of singing and performing.
From the first time I performed my show "Feelin' Good" at Don't Tell Mama back in 2000, my arranger and accompanist and music director James Followell insisted that we record the material. I made it my goal for the year 2001 to put out a CD that captured all of the sweat and energy that went into James' amazing arrangements. Doing the CD "The Song Is Mine" was an incredible experience. From the actual recording, to the mixing and mastering, to the graphics work, I learned so much from so many talented people. The CD is now available on Lee Lessack's LML Music label (lmlmusic.com) and I am thrilled that other people will be able to hear what James and I put together. I've realized a dream this year and it is due almost entirely to the support, incredible talent and friendship of James Followell.
For 2002 I hope to perform more, sell my CD, and generally stay more visible in the NYC cabaret scene. James and I are working on a new show for September/October. Please check back on the site for more performance dates and news. Thanks for stopping by!