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Long Island Idol – Joe Murena

September 22, 2009

Our Prolonged Island Idol

We sat down with Smithtown, Long Island native Joe Murena, 29 an American Idol Season 4 finalist who’s debut album “If At any time” will be in suppliers, March 2010. Just before Idol, Joe was a studio singer who overcame phase fright to carry out at the notorious Apollo Theatre in Harlem. His Journey has been paved with the ups and downs of stardom. In Joe’s situation…his journey continues.

Christine- Ahead of you graced the American Idol stage you were being a kid growing up in Smithtown Prolonged Island. When did you recognize you can sing?

Joe – Essentially I was at a friend’s property. I was likely on 16 and they experienced a karaoke equipment, I was just taking part in all-around, and her sister in regulation listened to me singing and, she arrived up to me and reported “I have got to consider you to the studio to satisfy a friend of mine!” It finished up becoming portion of C&C Audio Manufacturing unit.

Christine – When did you commence songwriting?

Joe- I always sang by myself if I was by itself. I consider I wrote songs prior to currently being 16. I commenced driving about 17, 18 and when you might be alone in your car or truck, that is when I truly started composing.

Christine – What was your favorite tune when you were younger and who had been your musical influences?

Joe – Steve Perry I have to say is my most significant impact by considerably. I enjoy the Best Hits album of Journey. I enjoy likely on highway excursions, and listening to Doo Wop and Frankie Valli.

Christine – You were on Star Search and Showtime at the Apollo, notify us about these experiences?

Joe – That was in fact the very first time I ever carried out dwell in entrance of any one it was on the Apollo Stage. I was terribly stricken with stage fright and received hypnotized by a Health practitioner named Dr. Besman, he is from Long Island and I ship anyone to him since I assume he is astounding. He is into holistic things but he is 1 of the most influential men and women I’ve had the chance of at any time meeting.

A close friend of mine, a chiropractor, advised me to go fulfill this male. I went to him and he hypnotized me to get about it. When I woke up, and I am not certain I believed it at the time, but I woke up and he stated “who’s Amelia?” I explained that is my nanny, my moms’ mother. Then he said you applied to observe Showtime at the Apollo with her on Tv set…and I claimed yea. He told me you’re going to go tomorrow and you might be likely to audition as before long as you can for the clearly show. You gotta go on the demonstrate. I walked out of there frazzled, mainly because every single time it was on we would check out it alongside one another.

So I went to Harlem, I auditioned. I believed the audition went effectively. I got to fulfill Maxie Lewis, she was the producer for the demonstrate, I stepped off phase and I bear in mind her stating “that was wonderful!” I was like…definitely? I was in awe with the truth I even carried out that and the actuality that people today favored it.

Christine – How about Star Search?

Joe – That was the new just one with Arsenio Corridor. I went to New York. I auditioned, they removed every person in the space I was in, but they stored me! There was one more female they stored she was in the area future to mine. Her identify was Denise Hudson. They termed me back to do a further audition and I was late trying to get there. I was like I’m gonna be late! I gotta get there! I went down the wrong road, a a person way road, and a cop jumped in front of me and begins screaming “wherever the fuck are you likely?” I say I’m sorry I have an audition with Star Research. And she mentioned “proper this way!” She permit me lower by all the way to the lodge I pulled ideal up and went appropriate into the room and I sang. Then they have you hold out a though and within a 7 days they named me and mentioned you built it on the display. We are undertaking it all over again! That is how my second audition went- I almost got a targeted visitors ticket.

Christine – You have been on Year 4 of American Idol within just the Major 12 of the Boys. Describe the emotion of doing to such a huge Television set audience.

Joe – It truly is fascinating basically simply because The Apollo is a large theatre when it really is packed. When you are on a demonstrate like Idol it is a studio audience and there’s cameras all-around, you kind of grasp the reality that absolutely everyone is viewing you reside, but to genuinely get it when you happen to be performing it … you only type of can. What I like is that when you might be accomplishing, California has the time change, so you get to perform and then you can view it back again. When it is really the 12 of us, they tape the day before the initially episode due to the fact it is really hard to get it all in. When it aired I remember hunting at it like, “Oh my god this is outrageous” but I my mother known as me to tell me Lengthy Island is flipping out that you happen to be the to start with individual from Very long Island that built it. You are not able to genuinely grasp that when you might be there because they preserve you in a bubble. For as lengthy as I was there, I was absent from my mates and relatives. All you imagine of is the target. The studio audience was excellent mainly because they are waiting all working day to get inside of to get a glimpse to see who the Idols will be. But that audience wasn’t as overwhelming as doing The Apollo for some rationale. Possibly for the reason that it was historic, rubbing the stump there.

Christine – Nervous about the Sandman coming to take you off the stage?

Joe – They had done a taping for one more episode of Showtime at the Apollo and prior to me, this youthful lady arrived out, a white lady, and they booed her the moment she walked out and I considered “Oh my God, I am lifeless” I felt really undesirable for her but I felt even worse for me. Everyone there was seriously fantastic but the 1 producer stated the probability of the clown coming following you was actually substantial. It was like his words and phrases have been engraved in my head. He stated “The likelihood is definitely significant, so if he does, just graciously stroll off stage” as he handed me the microphone. I stated if that clown arrives soon after me “he can chase me the fuck all around” If I go out there and start singing he can arrive just after me all he would like but I am ending that tune, and he laughed. He most likely truly imagined that I was going to be back again in. So when I stepped out, Rudy Rush was the host, and he says to the audience “who’s he remind you of?” and they yell “Ricky Martin!” All of a unexpected I commence performing the Ricky Martin Dance like an fool and the viewers screamed! I’m saying “I am sorry I am sorry. I established myself up!” I did Let us Remain Alongside one another. You won’t be able to go mistaken with Al Greene but that was the most intimated I have felt, much more than Idol. Are living I really don’t consider is as frightening when it’s on Television as in live performance where you can see the faces.

Christine – So I viewed your version of Let’s Stay Collectively on American Idol. Randy mentioned “it was just good”, Paula felt you “brought it up from previous 7 days” and Simon agreed with Randy. I agreed with Paula. You wander off the stage 7 days after 7 days soon after being judged, how do you feel?

Joe – I was fortunate on the clearly show that I hardly ever had everything unfavorable thrown at me ahead of that. I have viewed them crush several men and women. It is really a gorgeous present and provides a large amount folks jointly but the actuality is they crush lots of desires to make one. I was privileged that I did not have to deal with that the total way via. When the destructive comments started off and they convey to you are not able to say selected things, I didn’t want to be that person that was disrespectful again and I understand they had a occupation to do. Simon known as me a Portuguese nightclub singer and I experienced a thousand matters I could have mentioned, but you just try out to acquire it as graciously as you can. Even the way you’re introduced is manipulated the collar staying pulled out of my jacket and my shirt tucked in, that was not constantly the way I was originally coming out. They altered me quickly and threw me out there. I guess you consider it, but at that second, on that day I felt that everybody’s observing this, but I know my mother, my moms and dads, and my relatives and friends…they’re Italian and house screaming at the Television! I am just likely “yea ok, thank you, thanks…” Criticism on any amount is complicated.

Christine – You were being voted off American Idol, you arrive back again to Extended Island and you happen to be fulfilled with a huge homecoming…do you feel beat down at this time or do you really feel like a rock star?

Joe – When I acquired voted off the clearly show, you go away wonderful-ville to go to an additional gorgeous resort. I stayed for an added handful of times there. I essentially had a friend fly out to help me take my things dwelling. You pack 8 months of stuff additionally the searching that you do though you might be there, and all the stuff that was given to you. I experienced a week to nearly detoxify myself and I couldn’t feel that major coming to Prolonged Island. I remember I could not wait to get household to my loved ones and what I believed was heading to be regular again. I stepped off the plane at Macarthur Airport and I listen to screaming. I’m like “what the hell is likely on?” My buddy that was with me advised me that’s for you. Which is for me? What are you taking about? I see people today, hundreds of people, persons I realized, persons I did not know, symptoms posters and I was like “Shit, this is good, think about if I would of gained?” Can you imagine, I would not have been landing in Macarthur it would have been JFK! It is really a globe wind even at that place as the display still continues. I went back again to the Finale, it was a full yr of my life that was focused to Idol, and then I was anticipated to go back to ordinary, perhaps again to my career. When I landed there and noticed what experienced taken put I understood it would never ever be that typical yet again.

Christine – Do you still look at the display?

Joe – I do enjoy it, I didn’t look at it as significantly the pursuing season because I was so aggravated about the total Taylor Hicks thing. I was like come on now, this is the guy? It truly is challenging to know the formulation of anything and then to look at it once again. I don’t forget I watched it prior and I keep in mind I was managing on the treadmill when Fantasia received which was the calendar year in advance of mine. I keep in mind likely to hit the button but I didn’t and I slid correct off the treadmill. My mother yells from upstairs “what is actually the subject?” and like “I’m auditioning for Idol future calendar year” although I was on my ass possessing flown off the treadmill.

Then the adhering to yr arrived, since I had said it, now my complete spouse and children was indicating “you’re going.” It can be the most awesome instant in someone’s life. After you know what it truly is like to be there, to enjoy other men and women go via it, the criticism nearly cuts deeper than it did to me lead to I know how they come to feel and I know that facial area in keeping back when what you definitely want to convey to them off. How lucky we had been to have Paula Abdul mainly because she was amazing.

This yr will I observe it? I in all probability is not going to. I like Ellen but I just really don’t feel it truly is the proper formulation any longer. The artist or singers that go on that clearly show that do not have Paula, they are likely to be lacking an factor that they’re going to never get back again once more. That was her infant and she cradled each and every solitary singer that went on the present and was authentic about how she felt and she gave us all fantastic luck charms from her jewelry business. I just can not consider her not staying there, she was just a great man or woman, and I am not declaring Ellen just isn’t. I really don’t require to view it any more its run its class with me in any case.

Christine – Do you retain in contact with any of the other contestants?

Joe – Practically all of them, if I can. I imagine that our 12 months for the reason that it was the major 12 guys and top rated 12 women it was distinctive, we acquired a possibility to know every single other. I nevertheless communicate to Anthony Federov, and Mikalah Gordon is nonetheless a fantastic friend of mine. She’s like my kid sister. I want I obtained to speak to Carrie a lot more but I recognize she’s a diva, a superstar.

Christine – Your debut album “If At any time” will be in suppliers this winter? I was listening to some tracks on your website, do you create these astounding hooks?

Joe – Yea, do you like them?

Christine – I like them.

Joe -Many thanks!

Christine – Will there be a tour supporting the album?

Joe – I hope so. That would be our purpose. I would really like to do something I could. I appreciate to get the new music out to the masses as a great deal as I could.

Christine – “Front Row” has a good hook and most individuals with a dream can relate to this music…what tips would you give a new artist or anybody with a “pipe aspiration”.

Joe – That is a funny line, that line was essentially used to me as a friend in high university. Just to not act far too speedy, not to choose criticism to coronary heart and be open to criticism at the identical time. Anything occurs for a motive and I think all singers should really know that. Who I was at the time of Idol and who I am now is extremely different. I wouldn’t have been as very pleased to stand driving a product or service that I would have put out then as I am now….just don’t give up.

Christine – You are extremely Charity pushed. Tell us with your affiliation with the Rich Cronin Basis.

Joe – I had a very best pal expanding up. Her identify was Chrissy Pallazolo and she unfortunately handed absent from Leukemia in 2006. Ironically it is really incredibly bizarre how this total issue labored out because when I to start with place the band collectively, Melissa (Joe’s supervisor) was doing something for the Hope Foundation. I seriously failed to know Melissa, I realized her by my keyboard participant and they questioned us to be a part of it. This was prior to my close friend possessing any ailment at all. We went and done, I guess possibly a calendar year or so afterwards my friend was identified with it. I attained out to Melissa to assistance me place collectively a fundraiser for her. At that stage that was all I could do was do a fundraiser, individuals really like new music and they aid it. However the week that we picked to do a fundraiser for her, Chrissy dropped her battle with Leukemia. So the very first one that’s coming out is called “If Ever” the name of the album will likely be referred to as “If At any time” and it is written for Chrissy. So it is really just weird how factors all operate its way total circle. I imagine that remaining on a present like Idol I was blessed with getting wished at fundraisers. My mother is an 8 decades heading solid breast most cancers survivor, so I did a lot of breast most cancers walks and I always will because I think it really is so crucial. I did Autism consciousness at Shea Stadium, I received to sing the anthem. The stadium was packed that working day and the supervisor of the Mets claimed it was astounding to see so lots of folks, that I need to be actually be content and I was like “This has to do with me?” Because they heard a person from Idol was coming to do the anthem, if this is what I can do to assist, I’ll normally do that. I believe it truly is really essential.

What I uncovered intriguing really, accomplishing the fundraisers and getting associated with Abundant and Melissa is how numerous persons you should not know how to get included. They want to but they really don’t know how. The natural beauty of Prosperous Cronin’s Hope Basis is that it’s laid out and very simple for men and women to become donors of bone marrow or just to even get tested to be a match. It is so very simple and it has saved so numerous lives that’s it’s amazing. Abundant is a survivor and God Bless him, he did not just endure and fail to remember about it. He survived with Melissa and created this car or truck for other men and women to get included and actually support other people, which is genuinely what it’s all about.

Christine – When you’re is not writing, singing or recording. What does Joe like to do?

Joe – I like to invest time with my nephews and my niece. I’m really household oriented. I hold out with my mom a whole lot and my buddies. I can be pretty juvenile. I like to curl up on a sofa and enjoy cartoons on Saturday.

Christine – Are you a sportsfan?

Joe – Considerably, I really don’t get into the entire scream at the Tv set like my dad but I can appreciate it. I like heading to the health club, I adore working mainly because it can make me crystal clear my head. When it arrives to producing tunes it really is some thing I always do, I can under no circumstances shut off, it is really my very own personalized turrets it can be takes place all the time every day, no matter the place I am.

We went to go see LFO in concert, they had been phenomenal! We had been sitting down there ready for them to occur out, I questioned Melissa to give me her cellular phone for a minute and I jotted down an plan. It will possibly be just one of the singles on the album. I just like to be regular. I have a excellent position, I enjoy that part of my lifetime too. I experience like I get to reside practically like Hannah Montana.

by Christine Gerani