First Album for Talented Nunziata Brothers

February 20, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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Brooklyn-born rising singers Will and Anthony Nunziata have been charming audiences in New York City and as far away as Singapore. Not too long out of Boston College, they have lent their rich tenor voices to classics from the Great American Songbook, Broadway tunes and contemporary music on venerated stages including Feinstein’s at Loews Regency and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

And yes, they are twins.

“According to our mom, we started singing in the womb,” Will told the Eagle.

Recently they performed at Avery Fisher Hall as part of PBS’s “Sondheim: The Birthday Concert,” celebrating Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday. They have also performed with the Colorado, Cape Cod and Cleveland Pops Orchestras, among others.

According to reports, they are becoming nearly as well known for their performances as they are for their energy, positivity and “strong voices and leading man looks,” as The Wall Street Journal writes.

On Feb. 9 the Nunziatas released their debut CD, Make Someone Happy, which they call “an intimate collection and eclectic mix.” They are currently promoting the album, having recently performed at the Italian American Museum in Little Italy.

The Boca Raton Tribune wrote, “The Nunziatas bring a mix of old and new, serious and silly to their act. The natural-born entertainers … honor their Italian heritage with familiar fare such as ‘Finiculi, Finicula’ and they reveal they were honored with a place in New York’s Columbus Day Parade, broadcast nationally by NBC-TV.”

Will answers our questions:

When did you start making music together?

Our parents have home video of us singing around the house as kids. We sang professionally in a few commercials while teenagers, the most recognizable one being the singing voices for the Christmas Honey Cheerios Commercial that played during the holiday seasons from 1997 to 2002. We replaced the Harlem Boys Choir, so they overdubbed our voices dozens of times to sound like a choir.

Later on, it was during our first week at Boston College where the whole idea of singing together as a profession took shape. You see, it was our first day at Boston College, and we were on our way to try out for the tennis team, when we passed by the theater and saw a casting notice for the musical Godspell. We decided on a whim to audition. We auditioned, and were cast. Anthony got Jesus, I got Judas. I got to crucify my brother for four performances. And we never looked back.

Where did you record your debut album, Make Someone Happy, and how long have you been working on it?

We recorded our CD at Water Music in Hoboken, N.J., a gorgeous facility where many great artists have recorded. It took us about three months to record, mix and master the CD.

Are you competitive with each other?

We are healthily competitive. Whether it be sports or performance, we have always pushed one another to be the best we can be.  

What does “Make Someone Happy” mean to you?

For us, it’s about giving back, and using our talents to entertain and make others happy. We feel that we were blessed with not only singing voices, but also to be doing this as brothers and family; we like to promote a positive outlook on life and the importance of friends, family and loved ones.

What’s a favorite place you’ve performed? Where have you performed in Brooklyn?

Favorite places we’ve performed are in Singapore, at Boston Symphony Hall in Boston, Avery Fisher Hall and Feinstein’s in New York City, in San Francisco… to be honest, everywhere we play becomes a new favorite place, because we get to meet new friends in each location. And in terms of Brooklyn, we have yet to perform in the borough, but hopefully soon!

Favorite spot in Brooklyn?

Coney Island for sure!

Where can the CD be found?

In addition to the Barnes & Noble in NYC and at Brier Creek in Raleigh, N.C., people can buy a signed CD directly from our website at www.willandanthony.com.

Although born in Brooklyn, the boys’ family moved to Westchester within their first year of life.   

               

— C.M.


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