I have been heard on TV, in Film, on Stage, in the recording studio, on radio and albums with independent labels in the US and Europe. I have completed thousands of stand-alone projects on various musical platforms and I am also a spoken word artist that delivers unparalleled quality.
As a film producer, actor and vocalist, I have worked with celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, and Gweneth Paltrow , Stephen Baldwin and others.
I was consultant to Christina Aguilera for her Master Class video series.
I sang with the Muppets.
I was televised globaly while singing at half-time for the World-Cup, sponsor - Heineken.
Larry is also a Certified Guest-Host on HSN, the home shopping network!
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I am thrilled to recommend Larry Costa.
He is a fantastic singer with a unique voice, style and singing skills.
Larry Costa and I worked on a special Christmas song called - Merry Christmyass***
which came out as a sparkling holidays hit.
The whole recording process was handled professionally, Larry was attentive to the guiding lines and the required outcome.
Larry, it was a great pleasure!
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The real deal! Larry Costa is the consummate professional. He is honest, trustworthy and reliable and also a great artist. We worked on the production of Absent Friends with Larry providing timely superb vocals. If you are looking for a front man, someone to fill your gig space or that special singer to work on producing a professional project then Larry is your man. He will not let you down.
Interview with Larry Costa
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I believe this recent post in my Facebook fan club page speaks volumes: (Nigel :To be able to interpret a standard that has been covered so extensively and still inject freshness and signature into it demands genuine talent. One either has it or not. You obviously do.) ----------------------- So, with that being said, I believe that each song has it's own flavor. I tune-in to the flavor, the feeling, the scenario of each song. My voice is not the same for all songs. I tell the story. As an example, for Over The Rainbow, my voice is more like a father telling a bedtime story to his child, it is calming and reassuring, with a touch of optimism while sounding like a dreamy cloud... On another song, upbeat jazz, I become the guy cruising down the road in a convertible while sit-dancing and my voice is clear, precise and in best-buddy mode. Each song will have its own flavor and textures.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will deliver a unique piece of history to you. I say history because once a song is released, it is out there FOREVER..... and I make the promise that our project will stand the test of time.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: When a song is finished and I get to sit back and play it on a loop and actually enjoy listening to it... I makes me feel complete. because, if I like it enough to listen to my own voice over and over again without cringing... Then I know it's a job well done.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to know how the project came to be and what the passion is behind it. Let me know some details and you will get a better recording than if you said... "here, sing this song, let me know when you are done".
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Each song has it's own voice and not every singer can pull off every song. There is a synergy among lyrics, music, melody and vocals that puts it all into perspective and the pieces fall into place.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: ok, Imagine being in the most luxurious, seductive lounge on earth with velvet walls, creamy cocktails, and lobster tail. Now, Imagine the entertainer takes the stage and sings love songs that swirl around your head while you are announced as the one-millionth customer and balloons and money drop from the ceiling. The feeling you get right at that point that there could not be anything better in life.... That's my style.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: unfortunately they are all dead. All the greats from Bing Crosby to Vic Damone.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to have a backing track, a track with vocal guide and that's it. I listen, I learn the song, I understand the song, I become the song, then I record the song... easy-peasy.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I sing. I tell the story through song... I become the song... so, naturally I get hired as the romantic crooner. I enjoy new songs to work on for my clients commercial release. I l enjoy movie score style recordings and as well, I also have been hired to sing on Techno style dance tracks. My voice is so different that it lends itself to many different genres. (I come in at 2:54) https://youtu.be/zJwYTmtnnjk
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I just completed an album for Star Entertainment that is comprised of 13 songs. What makes this a special project is that I actually recorded 17 songs for them with some songs on reserve for a release of a second album. In addition, I had to sing some of the songs in Spanish. I do not speak Spanish, but I did learn the words I needed to sing, and I was amazed that even though I do not speak the language, the story was told. Its the feeling of each word i sang that gets the point across to anyone listening in any language... Furthermore, they loved my work so much, we then did an album of spoken word poetry. I have never done poetry before, but even I fall in love with me.. when I listen .... lol (soon to be released)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am seeking investors for a concept album that I have been working on for the past year, I have proposals in place for three musical projects. Each a different concept and we only need decide which avenue to seek. Let's do it, Join me on this adventure of music and song.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: makes no difference to me...
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Question: Where have you been hiding? Answer: I'm not hiding, you already found me.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Everyone thinks they have a good voice, and its so easy to sing a song. thats why Karaoke was invented. The truth is... no, they sound horrible. lol. I got a message from a woman in my fan club on facebook. She just released an album and wanted my opinion, so, I gave it to her. she blocked me afterwards. ha ha... the recording was worse than karaoke with so much echo that I couldn't even hear the words. poor thing, someone must have taken her for a lot of money to produce garbage in my opinion. It takes a lot of work and dedication to make a song great, not just because it was financed.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I would just need a microphone and an amplifier. I would fill the island and the sky with my singing and with no one around, the sound would reach heaven.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I am a man with many career paths, I am a published author, university professor, and skincare developer for Estee Lauder and others. But, singing has always been in my life. A true singer is someone that has the talent naturally such as myself, and then there are singers that learn how to carry a tune correctly and project. They sound great but in my opinion, you can not fake the passion that comes from God.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: For vocalists,.... tell the story!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I love to sing love song ballads. I am an American born Italian, which means... I tell the story from my emotional Italian heart while using good old fashioned American know how. But, i will sing anything. I have even recorded looping songs for a gaming company where my song plays on a loop while the game is waiting for someone to push the start button. As long as I connect to the MUSIC, my passion goes into the song.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I get the job done. no matter if i have to record the song 100 times, I do not stop until it is as close to perfection as I can get it. I do not believe in 100% perfection, this does not exist, I rather shoot for excellence. Perfection is something unobtainable, excellence is guaranteed success.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a home studio that is comfortable for me to work in. I use a computer and an older version of Mixcraft for my vocals. I like the sound and the feeling this version of Mixcraft gives me. It is perfect for my vocals and I have no desire to use any other platform. I do not use any auto-tune or other plug-ins. I simply apply some compression to my vocals and a touch of reverb and it's done.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: It's professionalism itself that inspires me. There are a ton of talented people on the market, but what makes someone stand out in my opinion is how they approach each project.