In the Silence
Born: 9/15/85 Hometown: Bronx, NY There are not many artists today writing piano-driven rock to the likes of Ben Folds. It's this very sentiment that inspired Rich Berretta to record his own music and fill the genre void. Rich began his music career by forming a teen choir in the Bronx. He and his friends sang contemporary music in SFX parish, creating a social environment that welcomed youth to celebrate the liturgy. Currently Rich plays piano at Holy Rosary parish in the Bronx for a monthly youth Mass under the direction of music director Rasaan Bourke, along with the assistance of the parish youth group, YDOC. Rich also is a member of the keyboard trio Gizmo, which performs locally in New York for special concerts (see Events page, or Gizmo repertoire page for latest) Rich's debut album is a contemporary blend of pop, Christian rock, and gospel-- reminiscent of Tom Booth and Jars of Clay. While In Philosophy is a pop tune set in college class, songs like Fountain and I Will Sing are modern adaptations of traditional Biblical psalms. In the Silence features artists such as Sally-Ann D'Amato, currently lead singer of the rock band Mina's Fantasy. Reach Down, featured on the album, portrays Sally's talent as a unique singer-songwriter. In the Silence also features accomplished performer Frank Louis Pisani on the track, I Will Sing, which he co-wrote, sung, and played Hammond. NYC producer Mark Godwin produced & mixed the album, blending rock & pop aptly for Rich's faith-driven work. The CD's bonus track is an all-out jam straight from Nashville, TN compliments of producer Joe Hand and singer John Grassadonia, a collaboration of CAM artists. The apologetic single Again Again, just released in 2006, boasts more rock than Rich's debut. Rich's goal is to give the studio a rest and start performing out. His next recording project, strictly piano-driven rock, is due in fall 2007.