Geri Mingori Releases Reggae Remake Of "No Music" on the Capsicum Label

Geri Mingori

 

Growing up in New Jersey right outside of Philadelphia, PA, at the age of five Geri Mingori stepped onto the stage and sang her first version of Moon River with her father. Guided by her life-long motto, "Do what you love; love what you do," at the age of 17 she was signed to Buddha Records; she also briefly attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Playing festivals and variety concert venues. over the years Geri has performed with many renowned artists including: Ben E. King; Herbie Mann; America; Dr. John; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Tower of Power; Little Feet, and Blessed Union of Souls. She has opened for Don Rickles and Bob Newhart in Lake Tahoe and Reno NV, and Niagara Falls, and traveled with an all-girl recording band throughout Canada and to Greenland with the USO. Geri has performed in theaters and show rooms all over, including the Shell Theater at Trump Marina in Atlantic City, and recently in The Super Stars Show as Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin,and Patsy Cline, traveling extensively and performing original compositions in rock, r&b, blues and country with her original band-mates, and standards by Billie Holiday, along with some unique versions of Bill Withers and Dusty Springfield.

With her hypnotic interpretation of each song she sings, she connects instantly with audiences with her warmth and always with some comedy between the tunes. Geri has written and recorded 6 CD’s of original music (all on Spotify, CD Baby and YouTube). Her inspirational songs also appear on films about addiction: Conversations with Lucifer, Psychedelic, and a short, The Cellar, and three independent college documentaries. Geri is also an accomplished studio talent, lending her voice to many artists and to commercials.

"No Music is a song I co-wrote with Philly guitarist-producer Ron Gentile," says Capsicum CEO and A&R Director Roger Meltzer. "It's about the eternal struggle between the lover and the art -- and the (usually doomed) effort to sustain and preserve one's commitment to both -- that fierce tug of war with your heart starring as the rope. A hopeless romantic tries desperately to mollify the increasingly disenchanted lover by insisting there is no conflict -- that there is no art without his or her inspiration.

"Sooner or later, the artist learns how that, and $2.17, will get you a cup of coffee.

"Divine love is unconditional; human love, well, not so much."

The song has been covered by Archie Bell (for Becket Records), Meltzer's mentors at The Sound Of Phladelphia, McFadden & Whitehead (for Capitol) and former lead vocalist for Crystal Mansion, Johnny Caswell (RCA). The reggae remake was co-produced and arranged by Meltzer, Gentile (on lead guitar) and Joseph Everton "Reality" Weekes, and mastered by five-time Grammy winner Ray Kennedy at ZenMasters in Nashville, TN.

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