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About Pia Toscano
Pia Toscano is a pop recording artist who is currently working on her debut album. She is best known for being the extremely beautiful, powerhouse vocalist eliminated way too early on the 10th season of the hit television reality series American Idol.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Pia was born on October 14, 1988 to parents Pat and Jane Toscano and was raised in Howard Beach, Queens NY. Pia began singing at the age of four and loved to perform for her family. Pia’s older sister Kim is also a musician and has always been a huge inspiration to her when it came to music. Her family was extremely supportive of her singing and fully encouraged her to pursue her dreams of becoming a star. Pia’s main musical influences growing up were Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Etta James, Luther Vandross, and Stevie Wonder.
Growing up, Pia was always a little shy. In middle school she started coming out of her shell and began singing the National Anthem for all school events. In 2003 she started singing the National Anthem for the Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets minor league team) and continued for three years. She then went on to attend the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts (aka the FAME School) in Manhattan. She graduated in 2006 and knew that she wanted to pursue a career in the music industry. She began writing and recording demo music for record labels. In the meantime Pia took a job as a wedding singer for the band Current Affair. She also went to cosmetology school to become a makeup artist. In 2008, the New York Mets held their first annual “Anthem Search” to find the best talent in the New York area to come sing the National Anthem for the Mets. Pia was selected as one of the winners and was asked to return the following year to sing the National Anthem and God Bless America.
At the same time all this was going on, Pia had aspirations of making it on the hit television show American Idol as a possible avenue to getting discovered. She began her Idol journey back in Season 5 in 2005 while she was still in high school. The judges told her she wasn’t ready yet and to keep practicing. She took their constructive criticism and kept working at it and auditioned again the next three years. When season 10 came around, her dad encouraged her to give it one more try, therefore convincing her that Season 10 could be her year. She went to the East Rutherford, NJ audition and sang Until You Come Back to Me and that’s what started a long line of “yeses” that took her all the way to the top 24.
Due to her limited airtime in the earlier rounds, Pia needed to deliver a jaw dropping performance to grab the attention of the American viewers and advance to the top 12. Her performance of I’ll Stand By You not only earned her a standing ovation from the audience, but also the judges and was the showstopper of the night. Randy Jackson even said that performance puts her among the best of Idol’s greatest stars that have come before her. Her stellar performance earned her a spot as a finalist in the top 12 and she quickly became a projected front-runner due to her superior vocal talent. Pia then went on to give astonishing performances of All By Myself, Where Do Broken Hearts Go, All in Love is Fair, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, and River Deep, Mountain High over the next five weeks. Pia ended up being eliminated in week five. It has been marked by many as the biggest elimination shocker in the history of the show.
Pia was signed to Interscope Records in June of 2011 and released her single This Time on July 13th. She performed the song as part of her Idol Summer Tour set, along with Empire State of Mind, and a duet of California King Bed with Stefano Langone. She also performed in several group numbers with the other Idols.
Pia appeared on a PBS special with Il Volo, performing a duet of La Luna Hizo Esto. She also recorded a duet of The Christmas Song for Il Volo’s Christmas album and performed it live at The Nokia Plaza tree lighting in Los Angeles.
Following the American Idol Live Summer Tour, Pia went back to Los Angeles to continue writing and recording songs for her album. She collaborated with many different writers and producers and further developed herself as an artist. She co-wrote a song called Wrecking Ball with Steven Miller that was later recorded and released as a single by Aubrey O’Day. She also co-wrote a song called "Supersonic" with Esjay Jones that was released as a single by Vava Voom.
In addition to writing and singing, Pia has been pursuing some acting opportunities. She was cast in the film Grace Unplugged as Alyssa, which was filmed in August of 2012. There was talk of a role on Glee that may be revisited in the future.
Pia has recently joined forces with the talented musician/singer/songwriter Jared Lee to form the duo 7EAST. The two are old friends and writing partners who saw a unique opportunity to reconnect and create a complementary blend of their soulful voices. They are currently writing and recording an EP due to be released soon. They recently released their debut single "I Don't Believe It" on iTunes and the music video on Vevo.
Other Notable Post-Idol Appearances and Performances:
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Ellen DeGeneres Show –“All in Love is Fair”
Dancing With The Stars – “I’ll Stand By You”
So You Think You Can Dance – “This Time”
So Random (Disney Channel) - "This Time"
National Anthem at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, D.C.
God Bless America at a Mets Game on September 11th 2011
Columbus Day Parade in New York City – ”I’ll Stand By You”
National Anthem at the Sprint Cup Series Championship Ford 400 Race on
November, 20th at the Homestead-Miami Speedway
National Anthem the Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on
March 11th 2012 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
National Anthem for all the L.A. Kings’ NHL Stanley Cup playoff home games in 2012, 2013 & 2014