- Tony Vincent
Tony Vincent, original name Anthony Peter Strascina is a singer and actor born in
Albuquerque New Mexico(July 25, 1973) and based out of New York City, New York. He took the stage nameTony Vincent (after his grandfather Vincent) when he was preparing to release his first EP in 1993. His given name is sometimes listed as Anthony Vincent Strascina, but this is incorrect.
His professional singing career began while attending
Belmont Universityin Nashville,TN. Using the school's recording studio he recorded what became his first single, "Love Falling Down". It was originally released only to his hometown radio station, KLYTin Albuquerque. The song proved popular. When it hit #1 on that station's charts, he and a college friend hastily organized a campaign to release the single nationally. The single was released nationwide in May 1993and appeared for one week on the national Christian radio charts in July 1993. It was the first independently released single ever to do so.
After signing a recording contract with
Star Song Records, he spent three more years doing Christian musicin Nashville, during this time his song "One Deed" from the album of the same name was featured in a United Way of America campaign.
1997, he took a chance and moved to New Yorkwhere he landed a role in the American touring production of "Rent". He later returned to Broadway and was again cast in "Rent", appearing in the roles of Roger and Mark.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Taking another chance, he auditioned for and got the role of
Simon Zealotesin the 2000video of " Jesus Christ Superstar" in London, and was the only American in the cast. This new and fresh production revived the show on Broadway, featuring most of the cast from the film, but in a last minute change just three and a half weeks before opening night, Tony was moved up to the lead role of Judas.
Impressed with Vincent's performance, composer
Andrew Lloyd Webberpicked him to travel through Chinaintroducing his music in a cultural exchange production in 2001.
We Will Rock You
Returning to his adopted home in New York City, Vincent began focusing on his own music once more, having left it behind to pursue the stage. Having a hard time focusing, and a creative block Vincent moved to London for what was meant to be a temporary stint of 9 months. While living in London, Vincent won the lead role of Galileo Figaro in Queen's musical, "We Will Rock You". He performed in that role 8 shows a week from May
2002until November 2003. He also performed on stage with Queen in place of Freddie Mercuryfor the band's June 2002 appearance at Party at the Palace, a celebration of Queen Elizabeth's 50th anniversary as monarch, this was the first time Queen's most famous song Bohemian Rhapsodywas ever performed live in its entirety.
The physical and vocal demands of the musical took a toll on Vincent, and he was forced to take a long vacation in which he underwent preventive surgery on his vocal cords. In the two months after the surgery, Vincent returned to New York City where he held sessions with a speech therapist to learn how to simply speak without placing strain on his voice. Whether or not Vincent's singing voice would return in full strength was of great concern. Vincent attributes his full recovery to God and the prayers of his family, friends and fans.
We Will Rock You : Las Vegas
When "We Will Rock You" was launched in Las Vegas, Tony was persuaded to again star in the production alongside
Aspen Milleras Scaramouche. This production was shortened, with certain musical numbers omitted or changed for a more "American audience." To allow for a large amount of performances without the risk of further vocal strain on Vincent, two sets of leads alternated between performances.
Vincent had his last performance in the show on July 24th,
2005and is back in New York, once again working to re-establish his solo career. Tony returned to Hong Kong,China in October 2005 for a show called "Musical Moments," and performed at "SAS Live" in the United Kingdom in December 2005, as well as the Matthew ShepardEMBRACE! Benefit in February, 2006.
More recently, Vincent has decided forgo any theatre opportunities and focus on his music once again without any distractions. Over the last year he has worked with producer Adam Anders and songwriter Nate Campany on his latest project, taking his music in a more secular direction with a band called mercer.
Vincent is featured as the voice for the Fisher-Price "I Can Play Guitar" interactive game.
His four albums are: "Love Falling Down" (
1993), "Tony Vincent" ( 1995), "One Deed" ( 1997), and "A Better Way" (2007).
Love Falling Down
Love Falling Down
All That I Feel
I Still Believe
Living A Lie
Love Falling Down (Preacher Mix)
Must Be The Season
Out Of My Hands
Whole New Spin
Be A Man
Shake The Money Tree
Beyond All Words
Do You Really
Fighting Over Love Songs
Live By The Lord
Can't Have One Without The Other
Open Your Window
Closer To Your Dreams
A Better Way - EP
Anything But Me
Everything We Can Be
A Better Way
* "Rent" - Chorus (1998)
* "Rent" - Roger (1999)
* "Rent" - Mark (1999)
* "Jesus Christ Superstar" - Judas Iscariot (2000-2001)
* "We Will Rock You" - Galileo Figaro (2003-2004)
* "We Will Rock You" - Galileo Figaro (2005)
* [http://www.tonyvincent.com Tony Vincent's Homepage]
* [http://community.livejournal.com/tonyvincent_ Tony Vincent's Fan Livejournal]
* [http://www.tonyvincentworld.com Tony Vincent's OFFICIAL Fan Site]
* [http://www.myspace.com/tonyvincent Tony Vincent's MySpace page]
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