News and lifestyle website SoSoGay has posted a profile of Patti as part of their #MusicMonday: You Should Know About… series.
#MusicMonday: You Should Know About… Patti Russo
24 Mar 2014
by Jazz Tangcay
She’s been described as having ‘Powerful Pipes‘, and The Express once said, ‘Patti Russo almost stole the show, in her skin tight ensembles and with a voice that could raise the roof of a cathedral. She’s a firecracker.’
Who is Patti Russo? You might not know the name, yet, but you’ve probably heard her voice, after all she’s sung as a backing vocalist with some of the biggest names in the world; Meat Loaf, Cher, Jeff Beck and she has even performed with Queen and Brian May.
That’s not all, Russo has appeared on the West End in Notre Dame De Parisas Esmerelda and as Killer Queen in We Will Rock You.
Born in New Jersey, Russo was raised in New York. She can’t name her musical influences because there are far too many, but when it comes to her own music, she describes it as having a ‘very ethnic feel running through it. I never know what’s going to be the inspiration or the feel. It just happens when it happens and I just follow.’
She wrote ‘Take Good Care of My Heart’ which appeared in the film South Beach Dreams, where her vocal additions to the soundtrack were described as being ‘ truly gratifying.’
Russo sings with panache, gusto, energy and emotion. Her lyrics hit home. Russo performed ‘Bible and a Beer’ whilst on tour in 2008 and it fast became a fan favourite. She sings with such passion, and it is truly an addictive song. ‘How could I be such a fool thinking he was sincere?/It’s gonna be a long road/I ain’t going down alone/Is somebody out there? Is anybody here?/Somebody bring me a bible and a beer/Give me a reason, I need another round to wash him down/Somebody bring me a bible and a beer.’
‘Where Were You’ is another stand out song and is one of Russo’s finest recordings to date, showcasing her ability to write and deliver a powerful ballad that stands on par with any female singer out there. ‘Where were you?/Where was I?/When our world started crumbling I searched for a reason why/I looked deep in my heart/Trying to find/A reason you’d take all my love and leave me behind.’ Her lyrics are emotive and Russo delivers nothing but the finest of performances on all her songs.
For the past twenty years, Russo has spent much of the time working with Meat Loaf as his lead female vocalist performing with him on tour and appearing on his albums, but next month, Russo is taking charge and heading out on the road and she will be performing her own music. Russo says, ‘I’ve never taken that giant leap to start my own solo career and for me it’s like an itch that needs to be scratched! Yeh sure I am late joining the game, very late compared to others, but then again I’ve never followed the rules and I’m not about to start now!’
Patti Russo’s sultry, smoky and ever so powerful vocals are the perfect addition to your music playlist.
If you want to see what made us fall in love with her check out her tour:
10 April – The Brook- Southampton
13 April – o2 Academy – Birmingham
17 April – o2 Academy – Sheffield
19 April -Oxford o2 Academy- Oxford
21 April – Komedia- Birmingham
23 April – o2 Academy- Leicester
27 April – o2 Academy – Islington
Don’t let this artist pass you by.