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      Emilio Fina releases debut album

      Jun. 19, 2013

      Before founding two opera companies (Brampton Lyric Opera and Opera Kitchener) for which he produced, directed and performed, before studying at The Royal Conservatory of Music Professional School (now The Glenn Gould School), before making his stage debut at the age of 13, and before singing with his church’s choir, Brampton native Emilio Fina was a feisty little three-year old singing along to commercial jingles.

      It didn’t take long for his mom to realize that her son had some talent in him and enrolled him in singing lessons.

      As the years passed Fina would pursue his musical career as he juggled a growing family and a full time job with Air Canada’s cargo crew at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

      But it would take an audition on the first season of the television reality show Canada’s Got Talent by a reluctant Fina (his daughter secretly submitted an application to the show on behalf of her father) that would get him his first record deal.

      “The best advice I can give any artist is that if you have a chance to be on national television, take it,” Fina explains.

      “I wasn’t too pleases when I found out my 14-year old had signed me up for Canada’s Got Talent. I was already doing my thing. But in the end, I’m glad I took her advice,” he continues.

      Not long after Fina’s audition aired, the phone calls started coming in. Sony Music Entertainment Canada was the first label to call him, and Fina admits it was the call he hoped for.

      Fina made it all the way to the finals on Canada’s Got Talent. The finale aired in May of 2012, and just a few months later Fina began working on his debut album.

      “Sony was pretty good. They were game with my plan. Anyone who listens to the album and knows me will say, oh yeah, this is Emilio,” Fina comments.

      Produced by Gemini Award winning composer, producer and musical director Glenn Morley (Amy Sky, Gino Vannelli) with help from internationally acclaimed vocal coach Elaine Overholt (Chicago, Hairspray), O Sole Mio features 15 tracks that cover an array of classical and traditional gems.

      Neapolitan classics like “Torna A Surriento,” “Santa Lucia,” “Mattinata,” and the title track play homage to his father’s Italian roots. Other tracks showcase Fina’s musical theatre and operatic talents. One such track is Giacomo Puccini’s “Nessun dorma” that Fina chose as his audition piece on Canada’s Got Talent, a performance that had judges and audience members on their feet.

      Although Fina has stepped down from the opera companies he founded to focus on his singing career, the ever-pragmatic Fina hasn’t left his job at Air Canada just yet.

      “I’m lucky in that there is a lot of flexibility with this job. I can take the time off when I need it. I’m an artist first, and I still work at Air Canada,” he muses.

      Can we expect a follow up album from Fina?

      “It has crossed my mind,” Fina muses. “That would be fantastic. But for the moment I’m pretty excited about this one!”

      Emilio Fina will be officially launching O Sole Mio with a performance on Sunday, June 23 at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. O Sole Mio is now available at your favorite record shop or online store.


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