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We Got The Beat: Antoniette Costa

NYC by way of Philly-based singer-songwriter Antoniette Costa has been gaining traction as of late; not every young artist gets invited to work with Dice Raw and Questlove of The Roots while still in school.  Her latest single is “Void of A Legend,” with beat-boxing cellist Kevin “K.O.” Olusola (making every ex-middle school orchestra member wish that they’d stuck with it).

Void Of A Legend – Antoniette Costa and Kevin “K.O.” Olusola

Raised in Pittsburgh, Costa began attending Cornell University in 2004, where she was a resident of their Just About Music dorm and performed with the University’s Gospel Choir.  For her sophomore year she transferred to the University Of Pennsylvania to be closer to family after her aunt died tragically in childbirth – a devastating turn she openly credits for her decision to become an artist, influencing much of her work along the way.

Costa independently released her first record, Breakthru, in 2005 on her own label, L.I.P. Label 14.  The songs on the album had been written from middle school to college – piano ballads and band-backed tunes that showcased her rich vocal talents, ranging in dynamics from Neo-Soul to Alt-Rock with an edge.  Breakthru, dedicated to her aunt, was also her ticket to a series of collaborations with The Roots family.  Roots rap artist Dice Raw heard the album and began working with Costa at Larry Gold’s “The Studio” in Philadelphia, where she has also worked with Questlove and Roots producer Khari “Ferrari” Mateen.

In January 2011, Costa began an interesting series in her Times Square studio called “Track 14 Sessions,” in which she invites fans into the studio for a behind-the-scenes look at the recording process.  As she and others get to work (including Mateen and fellow singer Nikki Jean), the audience is free to roam about the space, moving from control room to recording booth to get a feel for the entire process.  Costa plans to release a live album based on material generated in the sessions.

Track 14 Sessions – Antoniette Costa, Nikki Jean, Khari, Dice Raw

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