Musician, poet, and songwriter Cole DeGenova
has spent most of his life crafting his eclectic artistic voice. Born
in Chicago and growing up in a family of musicians and artists, DeGenova
began playing piano at age four and spent his childhood studying
classical piano, the jazz and blues of his hometown, and the pop music
of The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and D’Angelo. By age 15 he was playing
professionally in jazz and blues clubs on Chicago’s South Side. His
prodigious talents led him to study at Berklee College of Music in 2005
where he trained further with jazz piano great Danilo Perez. After
forming his funky alternative soul group Cole DeGenova & The Peoples
Republic with fellow Berklee students, they released their first album JUST PEOPLE AGAIN in 2009. Three years later, and after thousands of miles of road covered, his second album, ANOTHER COUNTRY, was released summer 2012; an inspired culmination of lessons learned
on the road, soulful melodies, and the infectious grooves of his band. A
troubadour in the truest sense, Cole DeGenova has toured all of over the US, Europe, and South America. He has performed alongside
or opened for the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Tower of Power, George Clinton, Lettuce, Saul Williams, Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, Maurice Brown, Snarky Puppy, James Carter, Meshell N’degeocello, Paula Cole, J Davey, and rapper the GZA. Cole is also a co-founder and organizer for the Chicago-based artist collective The Gala.
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