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As long as you believe in yourself, that's all that matters. The power of "belief" goes a long way. I have been hearing the word "no" in this industry since I was 16 years old. If I let it scare me, I would have given up a long time ago. I am destined to do this and will keep forging ahead, until I physically can't. My motto is "Never Give Up".

— Pia Toscano

Pia Toscano Sings The National Anthem - Longines Masters Grand Prix - 10/4/15

Pia Toscano sang the National Anthem for the Longines Masters Grand Prix at the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 4, 2015.

Pia Toscano Attends Legacy Lounge Iconic Suite 2015 - 8/28/15

Pia Toscano attended Legacy Lounge Iconic Suite 2015 hosted by Steve Nguyen & Associates at The London Hotel in West Hollywood on August 28, 2015.

Watch 'American Idol' Alum Pia Toscano Cover Rihanna, Sam Smith - Billboard 8/25/15

American Idol alum Pia Toscano is busy putting the finishing touches on her forthcoming album of original material, but the singer found a minute to record covers of songs for fans to enjoy in the meantime.

The singer released two interpretations on YouTube early on Tuesday, Aug. 24 -- one of Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and the other of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down.” 

“'Lay Me Down,” she said, “ is a very personal song for me.” 

The clip is simply directed in black and white, with Toscano seated at a table surrounded by lit candles. She begins the song softly in a sweet falsetto before reaching inward for a powerful note toward the end.

“It brings me back to my relationship with my late grandfather and how I long to have him back in my life,” she said in a release. “Performing songs like this are like therapy to me and I needed that outlet.”

Both videos are directed by Jose Omar Hernandez. "Diamonds" features the singer simply seated by guitars and an amp as she sings the song in a lower register against a simple, piano-based arrangement.  

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Pia Toscano: Lay Me Down Cover

Pia Toscano: Diamonds Cover

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