by Lauren Rosier
Giada J’s music career in the United States began not very long ago, but her musical background goes back to the age of eight when she started taking piano lessons. Eventually, she also learned to play guitar and write music. Fast forward to 2013, Giada traveled from her home country of Italy to the United States initially just to visit her sister, but the visit became the beginning of something incredible.
On a whim, she decided to perform at an open mic hosted by legendary Philly musician, John Faye, which was held at the now defunct Legendary Dobbs (R.I.P.). That performance was the start of new friends, industry connections, and a big career.
“I did the open mic and John Faye liked me. He asked if I wanted to be his featured artist the following week,” Giada explains.
The following week was when she met her current manager and producer, Mariano Mattei, also owner of Philly Sound Studios. “Mariano and I met that week and kept in touch,” she says. At that point, she was still signed to a label, so she wasn’t able to do too much, but once the contract was terminated they began to work together writing, recording and producing.
“The songs were already ready, but [I] had to wait to record. Mariano brought in musicians that he knew and produced the EP quickly,” Giada reveals.
It seems like a long time coming for Giada J with the release of EP on November 28th and her performance at the 2015 Wilmo Rock Circus the same night.
“I can’t wait for [fans] to hear my new tracks. The entire EP is coming after a long period of time,” she says. “I’m going to share the stage with so many great bands. It’s going to be my first Wilmo Rock Circus event. I can’t wait to have all the CDs ready, all the merch ready, and have everyone hear what I write and who I am.”
Her experiences have been one amazing journey, but she says that “the most important thing is the connection I have with Mariano. He’s a very great manager and producer. I trust in him. I already have made many connections in Philadelphia.”
Giada J’s singer/songwriter and indie pop sensibilities have already set fire to the ReverbNation charts for the Greater Philadelphia Area and she’s bound for amazing things to come.
World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, DE will be the host for Wilmo Rock Circus. You can also catch Giada J’s performance at the Lancaster Dispensing Company on December 12th.