Beaver County Music Hall of Fame w/ the Granati Brothers
Hermie Granati: keyboards/voice/songwriter/producer.
As a member of national recording acts Granati Brothers/
G-Force, B.E. Taylor band and the Jaggerz, Hermie has performed across the U.S. and Canada appearing with some of the biggest names in the music biz and as a session musician on dozens of recordings.
He began playing piano by ear at age 3, performed an original song in a music recital at ...age 4, and wrote boogie woogie songs at age 5. He made his first recording at age 12. His music career began while in high school performing at Pittsburgh and Youngstown area clubs. One of his earliest bands featured Rich Engler on drums. They opened for national acts at tri state theatres and colleges. Next came a stint w' Coconut, a Youngstown OH based band whose members included future national recording artists B.E.Taylor, Gary Markasky, Steve Lawrence, and Myron Grombacher. Then, after collaborating w' Donnie Iris on a song for a Jaggerz release, Hermie was asked to join the legendary chart topping band. Soon thereafter, he left to form the Granati Bros/G-Force.
The Granati Brothers/G-Force toured the nation twice for 78 sold out concerts with Van Halen in the 80s. Their A&M Records releases include "G-Force" and "Propaganda". They have also performed or recorded with Denny Laine, J. Geils, Ian Hunter, the Doobie Brothers, Sammy Hagar, Nazareth, Heart, Peter Frampton, Aerosmith, Boston, Blue Oyster Cult, Def Leppard, Molley Hatchet, Head East, & Southside Johnny. The band signed with Atlantic Records in 1986 and recorded an album called "Enter: G-Force. The band re-united in 2002-2003 to record their latest CD "G The Continuing Adventures of the Granati Brothers. They recently composed a song for a feature documentary, "The Actor's Journey" by Stanley Livingston ("My Three Sons). Hermie has also appeared in a feature film as a zombie in "Day of the Dead", George Romero's trilogy finale. (And...he "kills" the bad guy in the end!)
The "G-Man" performs with B.E.Taylor on his annual Christmas concert series, bringing down the house with a stylized rendition of "Please Come Home For Christmas". Another showcase is the critically acclaimed WQED Tribute to the Beatles featuring his signature version of 'Oh Darlin'.
Hermie recorded with Joe Grushecky on two of his releases: "Fingerprints" and "Pumpin' Iron and Sweatin' Steel", & they've performed together on numerous occassions, including gigs with Bruce Springsteen at the Stone Pony, and the Flood Aid '04 Concert.