Kyle Puccia – Los Angeles recording artist, musical arranger and vocal coach to the stars is coming home- and that home is Watertown, NY.
Kyle is a graduate of Watertown High and the musical theater program at SUNY Fredonia (BFA). Impressively talented, music is in his blood and he has devoted his life to it. Kyle stopped over in New York City for the launch party of his new CD, “Sell Out.” The CD features 10 tracks, seven of which are original songs Kyle wrote for the CD. Sell Out, the titular track is a personal take on the complexities of being a recording artist and being true to your art while facing the lure of pop superstardom.
Puccia was influenced in his youth by such diverse groups as The Police, Duran Duran and Queen as well as musical theater. Sell Out also incorporates newer influences; One Repuclic, Green Day and U2. Lyrically, he said he was inspired by Regina Spektor. Spektor may seem an arcane choice, but the specificity of her music and Kyle’s admiration of her lyrics sheds light on Puccia’s own talent. His music seems to be infused with a higher instinct, an artist’s vision that takes on its own flow and copies no one. Sell Out, despite its ironic title, never feels like it is trying to copy a pop sound for the sake of being a hit. Faced with the sad industry cliché, “who does he sound like,” I would be hard pressed to name someone.
“Broken People,” the sixth track on the CD, a duet with Diana Meyer, is a great elegy; mournful and poetic. It’s about regrets, remorse and how the past informs our present, often irrevocably. Another one of my favorites is “Megalomaniac” a peppy, polished, powerful pick-me up about another relationship gone bad – are there any other kind?
Kyle helps support his musical career with the impressive day job as musical arranger, and vocal coach, recently he worked with Lisa Loeb. He hasn’t visited Watertown in five years, and when pressed to recall when the last time performed here, he couldn’t recall, “I think not since high school?” He sounded very excited to be home to perform for friends and family that he loves and who have been so supportive of his career.
Kyle will be performing at the Summer Arts Festival, on Public Square – from 4pm to 5pm this SATRUDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 – in Watertown!!!
He will also be selling CD’s. Stop and see this Northern New York native on his journey to musical immortality.
Come out and support all your local artists regardless of their chosen media. The Written Word, the two dimensional palette, the three dimensional palette, the stage and any and every other way you may find a need and venue to express yourself at the