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PETRELLA BIO AND CAREER OVERVIEW
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PetrellaShineOnMebanner1.jpgPetrella’s has had 3 CDs produced by the legendary record producer, author and award winning radio personality Jack Gale.  Jack has produced for recording artists for more than 40 years including Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Tanya Tucker, Crystal Gale, Willie Nelson, Charley Daniels, Johnny Paycheck, Little Jimmie Dickens, George Jones and Tommy and Johnny Cash. Petrella’s latest CD “Shine on Me” was produced by Gale and celebrates 25 years in the country music business as an independent artist.  This CD reflects the Country-Soul nature of Petrella’s music by fusing country, Gospel, R&B and rock.   Petrella has also recorded with noted producers Anthony Smith (Clay Walker, Neil McCoy and Donna Summer) and Jason Miles (Sting and Suzy Bogguss)

 

Petrella has worked with some of the greatest studio musician in Nashville, including drummer Eddie Bayers (played on 150 gold and platinum albums, received the Academy of Country Music 'Drummer of the Year Award' for eight straight years, and has three times won the Nashville Music Awards 'Drummer of the Year'), fiddle player Rob Hajacos (played on George Strait, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney’s albums), slide guitar legend Buddy Emmons (Recorded with The Carpenters, Nancy Sinatra, Ray Charles, George Strait, Ricky Skaggs, The Everly Brothers and Willie Nelson) the renown Kevin Dorsey (Vocal director for Michaels Jackson’s concert tours ,including the Dangerous and History world tours.), and Oren Waters (member of the nation’s most successful backup singing group The Waters, 260 gold and 100 platinum albums).

 

Petrella has performed with Tracy Lawrence, Rhonda Vincent, Gladys Knight, Laythan Armour (WOW Gospel Producer), the LuLu Washington (choreographer for movie Avatar) dancer’s and at the very First FanFest in Anaheim California with Diamond Rio.  Patty Labelle has labeled Petrella “The Singer” and Whoppi Goldberg gave her the handle “First Lady of Country Soul”.  

 

As an independent artist, Petrella has won the Airplay International Golden Microphone Award and the Producer’s Choice Award.  Her first album was nominated for Album of the Year by the Nashville tracker magazine and her single “Blues Stay Away from Me” went to #50 on the charts and was the #1 ranked independent single by Cashbox magazine.  

 

Petrella is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), The Reunion of Professional Entertainers (ROPE), Country Music Association (CMA), and owns her own Record Label and Publishing Company.  Five of her singles has reached the top 100.  

 

An unsung hero, Petrella has accomplished more than any black female in the country music industry. 

studiophoto.JPGAs one of the first female African-American country artists in the US, Petrella has caused a sensation since she first started writing and recording in 1988.  With the release of her debut disc - COUNTRYVERSIAL - in 1993 Petrella received instant success.  Pioneering a new form of country flavored with soul, gospel and roots accents, Petrella landed on the cover of the respected industry trade publication CASHBOX in 1994, and has never looked back. Her single "I Found Somebody" spent 14 weeks on the national Top 100 Country Singles Chart (peaked #52, two spots above Shania Twain, and 13 spots above Dolly Parton), followed by "Blues Stay Away from Me" (peak #68, with a music video being shown coast to coast from California to South Carolina).  Famed recording artist/songwriter Brenda Russell even wrote a tune for Petrella, "When the Night Rolls In."  Her single “I Want to Know You Forever” from the 2008 “100 Proof Woman” CD release through Warner Brothers distribution landed at number 14 on the Hot 100 Billboard Country Single Sales chart

 

Petrella has eight nationally distributed albums to her credit including COUNTRYVERSIAL (1993), PAPA DID A RAINDANCE (2001), FIND A CURE (2002), HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (2003) WALK AROUND HEAVEN (2004), DREAMS OF THE HEARTLAND (2006), 100 PROOF WOMAN (2008) and the brand new SHINE ON ME (2013).  She has shared her music live in front of huge crowds such as the Country Music Fan Fest held in Pomona, California; been showcased on Ernest Tubb's Midnight Jamboree in Nashville, Tennessee; and appeared in more intimate settings like college cultural centers and auditoriums.  She has shared stages with Gladys Knight, Tracy Lawrence, and others. In 2003, she received the Golden Microphone Award at the Airplay International King Eagle Awards.  In 2004, Petrella performed live at the King Eagle Awards show, where she received the Producer's Choice Award. In 2005, she hosted the fifth annual D.A.T.'s B.A.D. gala "Showtime at the Horner", honoring the C.A.S.A.(Court Appointed Special Advocates), as well as appeared in concert at venues throughout the West, South and Midwest (including Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Arkansas).  From 2006 through 2010 Petrella took her One Woman Show “18 Reasons to Live, Laugh and Love” to theaters in Arkansas, Kansas, and Nebraska.

 

In 2010, Petrella completed her certification from the California College of Music in Pasadena, CA.  During this time she produced a trilogy of theatrical shows, “18 Reasons to Live, Laugh and Love”, “Brewing a Cup of Dreams”, and “Music After Dark and the Morning After”.  These three shows were presented at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Historical Pasadena Playhouse in 2012. 

 

In 2012, two additional CDs were written and recorded by Petrella one in Los Angeles and the other in Nashville.  Noted Music Director, Kevin Dorsey, (Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand and other notable artists) worked as vocal coach on both CDs and was the mixer and master on the LA CD.   The Nashville project was produced by notable Playback Records independent producer Jack Gale.  This CD entitled “Shine on Me” is scheduled for release in Feb 2013 celebrating 25 years in the country music business.

 

 

 

Petrella was born and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She grew up singing in church and when asked why she chose country music, explains “I didn’t choose country music; it chose me.  I came from the country…it is a part of who I am”.

 

Petrella also donates her time and performs at many benefits and at charitable institutions such as the National Conference of the Lupus Foundation of America, the Pantage Theatre on behalf of the Long Beach (CA) Veterans Administration, the Pasadena (CA) Senior Citizens Center, and was a participant in the 2002 Winter Olympics Torch Relay. 

 

Petrella is a member the Arkansas Artist on Tour, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, Arts Northwest and the Western Arts Alliance.