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Santino Noir's first music projects were rooted in rock and heavy metal in his early teens and 20's, allowing him the uncommon privilege of cutting his teeth in the gritty rock n roll circuit. His lyrically charged and unique flavor of hip hop combined with high octane performances have allowed him to carve out an untapped niche somewhere in the middle of the hip hop, rock, and pop genres. With chameleon like diversity, Santino has performed for tens of thousands of fans in venues big and small across the country, sharing the stage with acts such as Redman, MGK, Drake, Travis Porter, Papa Roach, Motley Crue, Ke$ha, Buckcherry, The Jonas Brothers, Adam Gontier (of Three Days Grace), Saliva, Melissa Gorga, and many more.
Santino's leap in to the world of hip hop was a sudden one, but it was many years before the genre found its way in to the the forefront of his focus. In early 2003, only a Freshman in high school, Santino learned of the untimely death of his best friend and family member, Luke. While attending the services with family, Santino came across the last bars ever written by his late aspiring rapper cousin. He decided to lay down those final lyrics to tape in memoriam, and would continue to rap behind the scenes while focusing on his more rock and roll oriented projects.
In the summer of 2012 Santino began to realize his calling as an emcee, releasing tracks featuring close friends and fellow artists, including a dance-driven pop/hip-hop track featuring Melissa Gorga of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” The track “I Just Wanna” features Gorga’s upbeat energy while Santino backs her up with his rapid rap-rock vocal style. "I Just Wanna" was also accompanied by a Scott Hansen helmed music video, produced in full by Santino and released via Vevo, reaching nearly half a million views. This was followed by numerous live performances & media appearances with Melissa.
On the heels of the success of "I Just Wanna", Noir released his first full-length solo album in the winter of 2012 entitled "They'll Never See It Coming". The first single off of the album, "Feelin' Good" saw great success and fully shifted Santinos focus in to his new solo project. He followed this up with his second music video for the single "Break Me Down", coupled with performances across the country.
Through 2013 in to 2014 Noir has been in the studio with co-producer Danny "The Face" McDonough tracking his sophomore record. Spring 2014 saw the release of the new records first single "Mainstream Misfits", followed up by Santino Noir's directorial debut with the "Mainstream Misfits" music video. Summer 2014 will see the second single and video to come from his upcoming record "Summertime" featuring rapper Mero and Rock of Ages Broadway alumni Tessa Alves.