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Lorenzo Gabanizza - 'Straight to the Heart'

Review by Victoria Scott & Staff

Lorenzo Gabanizza's new single,“Straight to the Heart,” is a passionate, deep, and insightful love ballad. The song starts with the sweet twinkling of the electric guitar and the strumming of an acoustic guitar. Sultry vocals capture a melancholy and somber mood. The song soon develops with drums as an electric guitar picks up the beat in the chorus.

Lorenzo is a talented musician and an expressive vocalist. He is joined by Max Gabanizza, bassist; Robby Pellati, drummer, and Luca Marcias, electric guitarist. The musicianship is exceptional. The production and recording by Stefano Bedini and mastering by Grammy-winning and multi-platinum artist Don Tyler creates a fantastic sound.

In the music video, musical entrances create a climax of the somber and uneven emotional state the song is portraying. The video was directed by Oscar Serio and features actress Martina Sacchetti; it is an imaginative, surrealistic and artistic achievement that depicts depression and the light of love through the crevices of pain in one's darkest days.

Most love ballads speak about the wonder, lust and delusion of a love affair or about a painful heartbreak - "Straight to the Heart" is far more complex. This ballad is about what it truly means to love someone. Everyone faces dark times in their lives and during those depressive episodes, a person can be "hard to love." Some people are blessed to have someone that will stick with them during the heaviest storms and the weariest battles. "Straight to the Heart" is a song about about gratitude, the strength of true love, hope and healing.

“From the very first day that I met you, I knew that we were meant to be as one. You helped me when I was a dying ember. Nobody, loves me as you do. Straight to the heart whenever you’re near, you’re the star that twinkles in my darkest nights. Straight to the heart, whenever you’re near like an arrow through my heart.”

Lorenzo’s “Straight to the Heart” is a beautiful song about the realness of love and being a supportive partner. The arrangement, music, and lyrics are well produced and performed. Lorenzo is a phenomenal songwriter and musician who goes beneath the surface of life's experiences to deliver music that is rich and real.

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About Lorenzo Gabanizza

Lorenzo Gabanizza was a member of various groups, especially from 1991, where he met Donovan, being enclosed on his staff. He then headed a Queen cover band called Mantras, with which he toured Europe. Gabanizza was recognized by the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the organization that was founded soon after Freddie Mercury's death, for his fundraising efforts for AIDS.

In 2004, Gabanizza became a member of the Vic Elmes band Christie Again. He wrote the song "Meet me at the river" that became a success and featured in the album Christie Again all the hits and more.

In 2007, Gabanizza tried a solo career. His first album, Du bist meine welt, was not successful as expected under the management of Garrelt Danker. In 2013, Gabanizza released an album of Queen covers, featuring his own composition Freddie Still lives, the royalties of which were donated to the Mercury Phoenix Trust. In 2016, Gabanizza produced and recorded a self-penned album, Celtic Bridge (Italian way music), a concept album sold well both in Europe and the United States, entering the American download charts top 100. In Germany, Gabanizza was seen as a fresh pop/Celtic rock style singer, and was compared to great artists as U2 or Angelo Branduardi. Gabanizza's version of "Danny Boy" that was featured on the album gained him a place on the list of best Celtic performers in Italy. In July he appeared in front of 12,000 people at the worldwide event Celtica among others such as Vincenzo Zitello, Katia Zunino, and Celkilt.

His latter album, Roses in the sky, received good reviews in Italy[3] and entered the download charts having mentions and airplay from Italy to Texas. The album included Yvor Novello awarded Jeff Christie, Luka Gabanizza, Stefano Guidi, Beppe Peracchi, vocalist Isabel and Max Gabanizza. The band toured with Chuck Berry,[4] Cristiano de André, New Era Mogol and others.

In 2017, he released a single, "Feeding the Waves of War," a protest song against Trump's administration, under the management of John Toso which features on Nobel nominee David Swanson's website. January 2018, he released a single, "Demons", which enclose a cover of the Linkin Park song "One more light", and donates all the royalties to the 320 change direction, founded by Chester's Bennington widow Talinda Bennington.

During summer 2018, he was injured in a terrible traffic accident, which forced him to suspend the works of his album "Out of darkness" which features musicians such as Robby Pellati (Ligabue's drummer), Max Gabanizza (Mauro Pagani's bass player), Luca Marcìas (Antonella Ruggiero's guitar player). The mastering of the album is handled by Grammy recipient and multiplatinum L.A. based engineer Don Tyler, who worked among the others with Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond etc.

February 2019 he get back to work and releases another single "I am wrong" which comes along with a cover of Linkin Park's "The messenger" and reached 69th on the european top 100 indie charts. In June, he released a single "Come Back to me", which features the newyorker musician and producer Craig Levy.

In November of the same year, Lorenzo releases a new single, "Straight to the heart" with the same musicians of the album "Out of darkness" and the Mastering by Don Tyler. The videoclip of the song, directed by Oscar Serio, features Lorenzo himself and the actress Martina Sacchetti.


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