michéal CASTALDO is an award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur from New York City. Music is a lifelong passion, and he loves performing his heart-warming Italian songs to adoring audiences.
michéal was born in Calabria in the “tip of the toe” of Italy, is an accomplished pop-classical crossover singer of his native songs, and has fans all over the world, for whom he is the living embodiment of authentic Italian culture.
As a young child when his parents immigrated from Calabria to a lively Italian community in Canada in the 1960s, michéal was exposed at an early age to both American rock & roll and Italian pop music as well as the various Italian languages.
When michéal was nine years old and a member of his Catholic church’s choir, he was chosen by the priest to sing a solo. He was so excited when parishioners came up to him afterward and praised his voice. At that moment, the music bug bit michéal. He began studying guitar, piano, trumpet, and songwriting. He studied voice with the renowned Maestro Pisapia (a protégé of Enrico Caruso, the great Italian operatic tenor), and learned songwriting from the legendary Doc Pomus.
michéal practiced Bel canto (an Italian style of operatic singing), while at same time soaking up the performances of Andrea Bocelli, Elvis Presley, and Tom Jones. This meshing of global musical interests led to his crossover future.
After an education at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, michéal moved to New York City to pursue a professional music career. He developed his skills as a songwriter and producer working with singer-guitarist José Feliciano, trumpeter Chris Botti, jazz saxophonist Teo Macero, and dancer Martha Wash, among others.
Goin’ Krazy, a 1994 song written by michéal for José Feliciano, entered the Billboard dance chart; the first CD for michéal’s former pop band, Lives of a Cell, charted on the Gavin Report; a dance remix for Martha Wash climbed Billboard’s dance charts; and michéal’s Hopeful in 2020, featured saxophone player Paula Atherton. who has since charted at #1 on Billboard. michéal also worked with Wendy Moten (a long-time backup singer for Julio Iglesias), who was a finalist on The Voice (2021).
Though he began singing in English, michéal switched to Italian when audiences responded to his unique hometown repertoire. He performs in Italy’s “official” Florentine language, is equally adept at the Neapolitan and Calabrian languages, and has recorded songs in each language. michéal describes himself as “an evolving, three-dimensional artist/musician transitioning from the classics of the past into modern world music, which includes Latin Music, Dance Pop, Reggaeton-Flamenco pop, and world music.”
A lifetime of Italian living has brought a smooth texture, rich flavor, and romantic hue to michéal’s Italian crossover music. As a vocalist, he has toured North America and Europe, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Rainbow Room, Citifield, and Shea Stadium. michéal has performed at high-end event venues, such as the Waldorf Astoria, The Pierre, Cipriani, The St. Regis Hotel, and the Ritz-Carlton, as well as smaller regional venues and Italian festivals across the United States. His passionate singing consistently transports audiences to his native Italian world of beauty and sweeping romanticism.
michéal’s music can be heard on over 50+ Italian-American-Canadian radio stations throughout North America. His music is heard on all streaming platforms, including as Spotify, Apple, Deezer, and Amazon. His CDs are available online through Amazon.com and direct via his website www.michealcastaldo.com.
michéal has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gigmasters Rising Star Award five years in a row (2009–2013), the IALC 2013 Italian Arts & Culture Award, and the ArtistSignal Top Artist Award in March 2014. He was also a 2012 Classical-Crossover UK Top Male Vocalist Award Nominee and recipient of the 1988 Abe Olman Scholarship Award for Rising Songwriters.
For further information, to schedule an interview, or to book michéal CASTALDO (solo or accompanied by his La Dolce Vita Band), contact: Majestic Castle Music Productions at MajesticCastleMusic@yahoo.com or call toll-free at 877-642-7271.
Note: michéal CASTALDO is not a spelling error.
Albums with Lives of a Cell
Singles and EP's
2011: L'arcobaleno Remix
2013: Calabrisella Mia
2014: A Christmas Pray'r (duet with Giorgia Fumanti)
2015: Toglimi Il Respiro (Take My Breath Away)
2015: Everything Happens for a Reason—Una Ragione
2015: Everything Happens for a Reason (Remastered)
2015: Amo L’America—American Love Affair
2016: Temptation Down In Rio
2016: O Come O Come Emmanuel
2016: Everything Happens for a Reason—Dance Remix by Tony Moran
2016: Caruso remix by Tony Moran
2017: Il Mio Cuore Va (My Heart Will Go On)
2019: Baila Morena
2019: Baila Morena Remix
2019: Mary, Did You Know?
2019: Maria, Lo Sapevi Tu?
2022: Hotel California (Remix)
2022: Hotel California Radio Edit
2022: Na Muri
2022: Septu Pe Tia
2022: Calabrian Chill
2022: Africa MMXXII
2022: Feliz Navidad LII
2015 Extravergine Italian Christmas Music Folio
Discography as a Producer/songwriter/vocalist
1979: Mike Castald - Ideal Lover
1994: JF? - Jose Feliciano - Goin' Krazy - peak at nr. 38 on Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play for 5wks- 11/6/1994
1994: JunkYard Angels - Out of the Junkyard onto the Curb
1995: Sorella - Symmetry in Motion
1995: Jim Crow - Empty My Mind
1997: Jan Werner - Inner Secrets
1998: Jan Werner - Music of the Night
1999: Jim Papoulis - Sounds of a Better World
1999: Martha Wash - Listen To The People - peak at nr. 42 on Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play for 6wks- 12/11/1999
1999: Teo Macero - Teo Macero Presents For A Dream - Volume 1
2002: Jim Papoulis - Sounds of a Better World - Can You Hear?
2002: Wendy Moten - Can You Feel Dancing
2006: 13 Stories - Living in America - A Celebration Vol 4.
2014: Mino Reitano - 5th Memorial - Calabria Mia
2018: Karen Willough - Scrumptious