Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Tony Galla was discovered in Buffalo, New York by renowned disc jockey Joey Reynolds, recording his first hit single, “In Love” (Swan Records). Climbing quickly up the Billboard charts, “In Love” became a national cult hit in the U.S. and throughout the UK and Europe, where it currently remains a popular hit.
Heavily influenced by the soulful sounds of artists like B.B. King and Ray Charles, Tony developed his own bluesy sound and unique passionate style quickly becoming the lead singer of the blues band, Raven.
After releasing their first album, Live at the Inferno (Discovery Records), rock legend Jimi Hendrix helped Raven land a recording contract with Clive Davis and Columbia Records, releasing a second album, Raven and the single, “Feeling Good”.
Soon Tony could be found jamming into the wee hours of the night with Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin at local nightclubs in New York City. Tony toured extensively with Raven gaining worldwide attention and opening for prominent groups like Joe Cocker, Led Zeppelin, Procol Harem, The Byrds, The Young Rascals, Blood Sweat and Tears, Three Dog Night, B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy.
Today, in addition to being a favorite performer at the world-renowned Monterey Blues Festival, Tony was also invited to participate in the Taipei Blues Festival and Bose European Tour. Hailed by Jim Santella of the Buffalo, New York News…
“Tony Galla was in superb voice…evoking the spirit of master blues singers from New Orleans… Johnny Adonnis to B.B. King.”
Tony’s blues CD A.S.A.P., recorded for Provogue Records and distributed in Europe, is a collection of original songs with a classic blues flavor. His blues sound is traditional yet uniquely original and his voice is clearly identifiable. Tony has also crafted and shaped his guitar skills to compliment his heart felt style of singing that truly comes from the soul and reveals his emotional passion for the blues.
Over the years, Tony’s illustrious career is multi-faceted as an entertainer and singer. In loving homage to his Italian heritage, Tony recorded a collection of his favorite Italian songs and arias inspiring his first classic Italian language CD, entitled Dal Mio Coure a Te (From My Heart to You). This labor of love inspired a second Italian CD, An Evening In Italy garnering him worldwide attention and an increased demand for bookings across the US, appearing at the yearly Italian Festival in Monterey, California and at two of the largest Italian Festivals in the U.S. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Buffalo, NY. His latest CD, A Time for Love (Tempo d’amar), is an example of Tony’s unique vocal abilities blending American classics with the romance of Italy. Tony has also had the honor to perform for Luciano Pavarotti.
With his movie star good looks, Tony easily made the transition to film and television. His illustrious list of credits include: The X Files, The L Word (Showtime), La Dolce Vita ( Hallmark Channel Showtime), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Cybil Shepherd, Man On the Moon (Universal), My Blue Heaven (Warner Bros.), The Wedding Planner (Sony), Mambo Kings (Desilu Prod.), Naked Gun 1 (Paramount), Ricochet (Paramount), Seventh Heaven (Fox) and China Beach (Warner Bros). He is the opera voice, Sal Tuscany, on Phineas and Ferb (Disney). Tony’s voice can also be heard on many national and international TV commercials including Dunkin Doughnuts, California Cheese: “It’s the Cheese”, Macaroni Grill, Nissan Japan, the California Gas Company and even on internet websites.
Now living in Los Angeles, when Tony isn’t recording a new CD, soundtrack for a film or national commercial, he can be found at gigs all over town like the SAG Awards, Emmy’s or Grammy Awards; singing at celebrity weddings; playing at exclusive events; performing with the Long Beach Civic Concert Orchestra or performing live in Las Vegas to a sold out crowd. Tony is the featured vocalist on Living the Dream CD (Chris Tedesco-LA Jazz Big Band and Orchestra). More of his most recent endeavors to add to his credits is the movie “Letters To Juliette” and he has also currently toured with Grammy Award winner Victor Vanacore performing in a series of Pops Concerts around the US.
It is very rare to find a vocalist who has mastered such diverse styles of singing. Whether it’s blues, Italian opera, big band, or caressing a beautiful ballad Tony’s passion and gift of music is always revealed in his incredible delivery of a song.