BIO - TONY SANTESSE
A little bit about me. I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. and have been playing music since I was born. Music & the Arts have been in my family for centuries, and have played an integral role in my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up in this spirited environment, further fueled by the inspirational sounds of the Great Blues, Rock, Jazz, Funk, R&B legends, opened the doors to what is now a soulful connection with music that is my foundation.
I began playing Cover tunes at local clubs at a young age where I quickly realized that this was more than just a hobby, this was my life's blood, an ocean of inspiration, of which was to be an ongoing lifelong journey to utilize this gift to spread Peace, Love, & Happiness to the world thru music.
Having been a songwriter since a very young age, the next step of writing and performing Original music was a natural one. I started out joining an existing local original band of friends, "4 Times Faster", as the lead guitarist. I then quickly became a lead songwriter, realizing my potential and desires in an original band environment.
I began wanting to do more which took me to the next step of starting my own band called "The Wilson Point Blues Band", a group arranged of great friends/musicians who shared a common bond/vision, where I sharpened my skills as a Singer, player, songwriter playing Blues/Rock tunes, both original and covers. This was a critically formative period for me which ultimately inspired me to reach for even greater heights.
This is when I had the vision for my next all original band, "BLOCK FUNKSION". I designed this band to encompass a blend of BLues, rOCK, FUNK, & fuSION, which is what I then derived the name from. Composed of a rotating cast of musicians thru the 5+ years that the band existed, despite adversity along the way, I saw my vision of "BLOCK FUNKSION" thru to a point of notable localized radio & internet success. We had recorded, and were on the verge of releasing, a 10 Original song Full Length LP, when an unfortunate event within band stopped production of the CD during it's final stages, ultimately leading to the break-up of the band.
This took quite a toll on me musically & spiritually, questioning my purpose & passion for music and life. In order to answer those questions I needed to get back to my roots, where I began, a Fresh start! Frustration fuels the Fires of Motivation! So I refocused, picked up the pieces, and embarked on a series of Solo/Acoustic performances playing the Cover songs that originally inspired me to play music to begin with. I had now refueled my passion and was ready for the next step in my New Beginning.
I now live in the Granite State of New Hampshire and am currently a FT Professional Musician, mostly performing as a Solo/Acoustic Artist, but also as the Lead Guitarist / Vocalist for “THE TONY SANTESSE DUO”, “THE TONY SANTESSE TRIO”, and the “TONY SANTESSE BAND”, performing my own NEW Original songs, as well as covering ALL genres of music spanning literally Centuries! All of these National Touring Bands feature myself (Vocals & Guitar), and joining me are an Amazing rotating cast of accredited musicians from across the country. We are an Extremely Diverse collective of musicians that have the ability and open-mindedness to perform and enjoy ALL genre's of Music! We are currently booking for Festivals, Live Music Venues, Private Events, etc. as a 2pc, 3pc, 4pc, etc…Inquire within!
Most recently I am in the beginning stages of Recording my 1st Full Length SOLO Original Album which is scheduled to be completed & available by Spring 2013. Stay Tuned! Seeking Record label. Interested parties Inquire within!
"Thank You" you for your continued support!