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A Long Time Coming: Branson Entertainer, Songwriter Releases Debut Album | Entertainment

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With the release of his first full-length album this summer, the Branson entertainer and songwriter is the culmination of nearly five years of hard work and perseverance.

Earlier this year, Santino Tomasetti began slowly releasing singles from his debut album, but now all 12 tracks from the album are available to listeners. There’s a reason the album is called A Long Time Coming. Because song editing has been around for a really long time. Tomasetti explained that the idea to write, record, produce and release his own album first came to him around 2016 while he was living in Los Angeles.

“I had a roommate who used to work at Atlantic Records and I used to see him every day at home and at work. has been very kind to the live music scene,” says Tomasetti. “I started thinking, ‘I’m interested in doing this, but it’s just part of my Type A, so I’d like to do it myself.’ I want to know as much as possible about aspects of

When Tomasetti moved from Los Angeles to Branson and began working full-time as a performer, he realized he had both the time and money to begin work on his first album.

“I bought a computer, bought a program, but still kept my frugality, found a free way to learn how to mix and master, and signed up for a free trial of LinkedIn Learning where I could learn from these mixing and master classes. We did,” says Tomasetti. “I just study every day, download it to my tablet, bring it to work when I’m performing at Showboat, and just sit there and take notes on my phone.”

While he was studying, Tomassetti said he was also writing. In 2017, he wrote 35 to 45 songs that could be included on the album. In 2018, Tomasetti bought all the equipment to record and produce music, but 2019 and his 2020 saw less enthusiasm for albums and less progress.

“But nothing makes you say, ‘I don’t know how long I’ll be here’ like a global pandemic. You don’t know what’s going on in the world. The only thing you can be sure of is , it’s something you control. We sat down and started recording,” said Tomasetti. “Last year I was really hooked, because I finally had the understanding that I could do this in the comfort of my dining room with the facilities.”

After months of dedication, Tomasetti released an album.

“The album was released on May 28. Until then, we were still fixing and re-recording,” said Tomasetti. “I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so a lot of that started to affect me, so I had to say, ‘No, no, go back and start over.'” please. ”

Since the release of A Long Time Coming, Tomasetti has responded very positively.

“The most enjoyable part is that there are 12 songs on the album, at least 9 or 10 of which someone said they liked,” said Tomasetti. “So I didn’t think it would probably be this, this, and this. They’ve been attacking people in different ways, and that feels really good to me.”

In addition to Tomassetti, Mallory Cunningham, Cary Dominish, Alex Dominish, Ashley Jo Deaton, Janie Johnson, Zach Parko, Avila Martin, Carlos Morales, Steve Parrish, Mandi Rosales, Chaunery Kingsford Tanguary, and Macy Watts.

“It’s so great to have people who come with strong ideas and I trust, people who love to be part of something with their friends, people who love music. They love me.” I was lucky,” said Tomassetti. “There are a lot of talented people in this town. That’s the beauty of this place, it’s just people who want to help, and they’re good enough to get paid well.”

Reflecting on the past few years, Tomasetti said he’s gotten rid of a few things since finishing ‘Long Time Coming’.

“If you can stick to something, you can achieve it, and I want to say the inspiring motivation to not settle down. , I learned a lot of different skills that I didn’t want to get into six years ago,” said Tomasetti. “Give yourself every chance to be independent. Lack of money or facilities can be daunting, but technology is like a blessing and a curse. You don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to write, to create, to create art, to write, to build a business, basically everything you have in your pocket. can do it.”

Regarding the release of a follow-up single or album in the near future, Tomasetti shared his game plan.

“I’ve already started jumping on my computer, and whenever I have an idea, I try to invest as quickly as possible to make the idea as final as possible,” Tomasetti said. “In terms of releases, the only Christmas songs I have in mind for this year are the songs I wrote for this songwriter at Lincoln Center in New York nine years ago. And I always wanted to put it out… I think this album will probably stand on its own for at least a year or a year and a half.

A Long Time Coming is available online wherever you can find music: Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook.

“Tell me what you think about it,” Tomasetti said. “You can reach me on social media if there’s something you like or don’t like, or if you want me to come hang out in your backyard. .”

Fans of Tomassetti’s music can see him live this season on Branson’s Anthems of Rock, The New Jersey Nights, and Dancing Queen at the King’s Castle Theatre.

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