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Susan Aquila / Press

“The power behind the music of "Broken Angel" is truly inspirational. The diversity of the tracks keeps this CD on a 'must hear' basis; from hard driving rock and roll to jazz, blues, Christian and pop. Strong instrumental influence with raw sensual vocals and cutting edge sounds of the electric violin combine for a rare and enlightening experience All genres and all ages will enjoy the sound of "Broken Angel".”

Paula Wilson - Tour Manager - Brett Michaels, Molly Hatchett, Eddie Money

"Susan Aquila is a formidable and multi-talented performer. Producer/guitarist Rob Tomaro has created a powerhouse setting that beautifully supports and showcases those talents. The music they make is high energy, danceable, and just plain fun!"

Dan Einbender - Grammy Award Winning Producer and Entertainer

“I love the whole thing; the tunes, the mix, the performance, the whole package! She sings with such emotion that you can really tell she’s feeling everything she’s singing about. The lyrics are deeply moving and struck a chord and her violin playing is hauntingly beautiful. There is so much computer generated pop music out there that it is wonderful to hear something that has real warmth and soul to it. You are going in the right direction with Broken Angel. Keep going and never stop!”

Jerry Layne - Nashville Entertainer

“I love Intervention! (Susan’s top 40 Reverbnation hit single). She is a hell of a talent. I want to see her live some day, performing!!”

Genya Ravan - Little Steven’s Underground Garage, SiriusXM Radio

“I love the vocals in this song! The lyrics are strong, too. The singer was amazing and they put their heart and soul into this song.”

ReverbNation Crowd Review for the song "Intervention" by Susan Aquila

“I love this song because it’s very polyphonic. It’s about life. I feel it will be very successful!!”

ReverbNation Crowd Review for the song "Intervention" by Susan Aquila

“I felt the depth of the artist as she began to sing. I would love to hear this song on the radio.”

ReverbNation Crowd Review for the song "Intervention" by Susan Aquila

“I love the heart that comes out of this song. This music gives off a really truthful sound. The words are authentic. The singer reveals a style that is gritty and very good. Her performance is full and well shaped.”

ReverbNation Crowd Review for the song "Intervention" by Susan Aquila

“Finally, a song that makes me say wow!!”

ReverbNation Crowd Review for the song "Intervention" by Susan Aquila

“This is a hit right away. The female vocalist is a potential star!!!”

ReverbNation Crowd Review for the song "Intervention" by Susan Aquila

“Susan Aquila has a pretty impressive repertoire as a professional violinist: she has been all over the world sharing stages with artists like Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and Brittany Spears; she’s performed recitals at the White House for Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton; and has been in Broadway shows like Wicked and The Lion King. Here, on her first solo debut, she tears up the electric violin in a wild jazz/rock fusion with composer and guitarist Rob Tomaro. The album is a sort of epic, experimental, instrumental jam battle between the two artists.”

“The electric violin was once as popular a lead instrument in rock bands as the guitar, but that was in the 70s when artists such as Frank Zappa, Jefferson Airplane/Starship and Flock brought the instrument to the fore. It has been a long time since then and the electric violin has receded into the background of the sound. But Susan Aquila is a virtuoso on the electric violin and has been performing with a virtual A-Z of pop and rock artists [Led Zeppelin, Billy Joel, Elton John, Metallica, Paul McCartney] over many years but has now finally recorded her own debut solo album. With her own band and music written by guitarist Rob Tomaro, Ms Aquila has produced a showcase on how a violin can rock the joint. It rocks like a banshee on heat!”

“Sporting a drop dead gorgeous image and a six string violin that resembles a Gibson Flying V, Susan Aquila certainly looks the part, but is her fiddle playing up to snuff? Well, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Kanye West, Metallica and Billy Joel, just to name a few of the acts she’s performed with, seem to think so. For this first album of her own, she enlisted the help of guitarist Robert Tomaro, who wrote all seven tracks and serves as Aquila’s soloing sparring partner. Evocative of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Michal Urbaniak and Jean-Luc Ponty’s early Atlantic sides, Tomaro’s brawny brand of fusion is more straight ahead than those acts (although “The Fire Of The Planes” boasts some slithery unison lines). Aquila for her part does in fact sound like she’s playing a violin with all the swagger and squeal one expects from someone playing a Flying V.”

“Susan Aquila takes the electric violin into territories that have been considered foreign to the acoustic violin. With the robust gusts and rapturous reverberations of the electric guitar and the flexibility of the synthesizer, Aquila bucks the trend established by musicians before her and crafts new trends that set the bar higher for classical music artisans.”

“Aquila’s fan base has been growing for years through her appearances with Rock Icons such as Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Elton John, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Kanye West and Brittnay Spears, and now her fans can finally experience her riveting, world class Electric Violin out front and on fire as she emerges from the studio leading her own band.”

“You’ve got an interesting bunch of talent on board here that just blows the roof off the sucker. Aquila is a jazz/rock electric violinist with a classical background that sounds more like she’s Jean Luc Ponty’s daughter than Clara does. Kicking it out on the music of Rob Tomaro, also a jazz rocker with a classical background, the two are an incendiary combustion that can’t be denied. The credentials of these two speak for themselves. Simply put, when you want that jazz/rock thing with something extra that just doesn’t quit, this is the set to put at the top of your list. This is hot stuff that just can’t be denied.””

“As any of the promoters who pass us CD’s for review will tell you – nearly ALL albums go in the queue & get reviewed in the order they were received… the only time a CD is pushed to the front of the queue is when the energy levels are so significantly notable that it would be unfair (to the whole world) not to let folks know about it. This CD, featuring electric rock violinist Susan Aquila, definitely falls in that category. This music pushes the envelope so hard it will blow your eardrums (not to mention your mind) immediately. Her debut CD is colossal… just scope out the 3rd track, “The Fire of The Planes“, to hear what’s got me so fired up – & do it with ‘phones on at FULL BLAST… this music just RAWKS!”

“The Realm of the Guitar Gods continues to be inhabited long after its time had supposedly ended. However, a new wing has to be added to accommodate the electric violin of Susan Aquila. As virtuosos go, she’s right at the top, but sounding sometimes like Jean Luc Ponty but just as often like Alvin Lee or Joe Satriani. With feet in both the rock and classical worlds, she seems at first an unlikely candidate to end up on a fusion album, but here she is, and the results are quite spectacular.”