By Lynn Robbins
Brielle Fattori’s original song “I Am Still Your Girl” begins with a question: “Have you ever had a day that made you forget every other day?”
Oct. 15, 2013 could have been such a day for Fattori, a 17-year-old senior at Bordentown Regional High School. Her Facebook post said it all: “My EP ‘I Am Still Your Girl’ is now in the top 100 chart in iTunes! Thank you for all the support.”
And, while it was a day of celebration, it was not a day of forgetting. The people and the training that have helped Fattori progress on her career path mean as much to her as her first Extended Play’s debut.
Fattori’s single was released after she signed on with new label American Anthem Records, owned by Kevin Gales. Gales said when he reviewed Fattori’s submission before she signed on, she stood out as an “elegant performer.” Gales, who is now Fattori’s manager and producer, helped her create the EP.
Her performing arts teacher Stacie Morano and her music teacher Scottie LaMarra from the Bordentown school district have helped her academically and professionally. “And they have helped me grow as a person,” Fattori said.
Morano has been working with Fattori ever since the director cast Fattori in the lead role of “Annie” in sixth grade.
Dana Calitri — a singer, songwriter and teacher from New York City — helped Fattori develop her vocal presence in pop music. Calitri, who has performed with Celine Dion, Elton John, Cher, and many others, said she was surprised when she learned about Fattori’s release on iTunes.
“I’m thrilled for Brielle, and I hope her album is a huge success,” said Calitri from her New York studio.
One of Fattori’s biggest supporters is her mom, Mellisa.
“My favorite thing to do is to watch my kids do what they love to do,” she said. “It’s crazy sometimes. Sometimes we have to change our schedules at the last minute. But it’s exciting to see Brielle get new opportunities. It’s worth every minute.”
Over the past several years, Fattori has performed in several shows in the Bordentown school district, the Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College, and in several venues in New Jersey and New York City.
While Mellisa is proud of Fattori’s musical talent, she says she can’t take credit for it, nor for the talent of her other two children. Fattori’s sister Alana, a junior at BRHS, is a cheerleader for Jersey Wild, a touring team that has performed in Wildwood, Rhode Island, Philadelphia and New York. Her older brother Wade is a musician who works for Verizon and records music during his time off.
The EP release isn’t Fattori’s only reason for celebration this year. She has been cast in the film “Red Head Randy,” and her music is featured on the soundtrack. The show, a product of Raymond Deane Films, is an anti-bully/horror film and is being shown in a tour running through December 2013. As of press time, a movie premiere and Halloween party was set for Oct. 31 at the Washington Theatre, in Washington, N.J.
“The message behind the film is that you can’t get away with bullying. At some point in your life, you will experience what it’s like to be bullied,” Fattori said. “It is horrible for kids who think that they are alone and there is no one to talk to. Kids need to know they are not alone.”
Fattori said she likes knowing that her music has the potential to help people. After graduating from high school, she plans to study music therapy.
“I’ve always been interested in helping people,” she said, and as a music therapist, she’ll be able to use her talent to provide that help.
“I Am Still Your Girl” can be taken on more than one level, says Fattori. It’s a girlfriend’s song to a boyfriend, but it’s a song that could be sung to a friend or family member. It’s about letting people know that you’ll be there for them in good and bad times, in certain and uncertain times.
Fattori was recently invited to join a two-week Teen Nation tour but hasn’t decided if she will accept the offer. For now, she is fulfilling her graduation requirements, singing in the Madrigal Honors ensemble, and preparing for her last high school stage appearance where she will perform in “The Wedding Singer” this spring. What’s more, she’s thinking about producing a new album.
And, she is keeping an eye on her first recording on iTunes, “I Am Still Your Girl.”
On the Web: “I Am Still Your Girl,” an EP featuring four songs by singer/songwriter Brielle Fattori: itunes.apple.com/us/artist/brielle-fattori/id725011355
Red Head Randy: redheadrandy.com/
Star Now bio: starnow.com/briellefattori