We had the absolute pleasure of having the talented Pia Toscano on with us on FeelGoodSound! We had the chance to chat it up with her… talking about some life stuff and her on American Idol! But most importantly we had the chance to debut her new singles “You’ll Be King” and “PyRo”!
Hapa: It’s nice having you here. You’re coming off of a performance on American Idol for the final season and you got on and completely slay the performance. I gotta admit I didn’t watch the show live but I did see the clip from YouTube afterwards and nothing against anybody else who was on that stage bu you definitely got up and kinda showed everybody up.
Pia: You know, I felt myself like getting a little bit nervous before I went up and I was like, oh no that’s not happening, there’s no way that you’re going back on that stage and having any regrets. This just going to be the best performance of your life. That’s like kind of the mentality that I had. So that’s why I just felt so calm and I’ve never really been like that before.
Hapa: You owned that stage! It was crazy cuz there was like 10 people on that stage and you showed up and just like, okay she’s here to close the show.
Pia: That was my goal. But you know, I prepared a lot of that moment. I really did. There was a lot of practice.
Hapa: Well, practice makes perfect right. So I also know that that was five years to the day. How bitter sweet is that then to be able to get up there and do that?
Pia: Very bitter sweet. The fact that I released two singles too on that exact date when five years ago, I was like, am I ever going to have a career? I had the chills a little bit because one of my fans Gary, who runs my fans site, he was like, do you know it’s the anniversary of your elimination? And I was like, OMG it is! Now it has to be a better performance.
Hapa: There’s a really cute clip of you as a kid singing Whitney Houston on the front page of your website. Talk about that. Is that always been a dream of yours to be a singer?
Pia: Absolutely. Since I was 4 years old, my sister who is a musician, always sang and also taught herself the guitar, very musical family. She always play The Bodyguard soundtrack. So when I heard Whitney Houston, I was like OMG who is this. I was three or four years old, but I was very ahead of my years. I just knew the way that these records affected in my life is exactly how I want to affect everybody else’s life. So how that happened where my dad took those videos was, my mom, I was very attached to her. So whenever she was just trying to sneak out to go grocery shopping or something, I will threw this huge temper tantrums. In order to calm me down, my dad will put on Whitney Houston and I will just go into my element and he will record these crazy videos of me thinking like I was 30 years old when I was 4. And I just always knew that I don’t really worry about my career, theres’ up and down moments and you never know what’s going to happen. But I know what’s the final outcome going to be and I’ve known that since I was a kid. So I’ve never really worried.
Hapa: I feel like you have one of these voices that’s so powerful but it’s unique at it’s own right. I can tell obviously you’ve been influenced by the greats but then you definitely still have your own sound. I want to talk a little bit about some of those influences. I know that more recently Jennifer Lopez kind of took you in and has really been a mentor to you. Talk about that a little bit.
Pia: Jennifer was a judge of mine on American Idol. She has always been really great to me. And kind of how that relationship came about was, she invited me and two other American Idols Alumnus to perform “I Luh Ya Papi” when she was promoting that single. She invited us to perform on American Idol. She wanted to kinda invoke acapella sound. From there, my career was like a roller coaster. So I was in a little bit of a low and she was like, why don’t you come out on the road with me and see what happens, see if you like it. That honestly was one of the best thing I could have done because it’s great when you can just sit back sometimes, and just study and watch. I needed to watch a superstar. I need to learn how it was to put on a show like one. It’s crazy that Jennifer does not stop working. Just when you think she’s at her best, she just becomes even better because she never stops working. Some artists they just get comfortable in where they at. One thing about Jennifer is that she can grow and get better, even when I’m like, you’re amazing! you’re perfect! That’s really inspiring because that pushes me to be great.
Keep up with Pia Toscano:
Spotify: Pia Toscano
Full Interview with Pia Toscano:
Listen to the rest of our interviews by following the link to our podcast. Don’t forget to tune in every night at 9pm PST on Dash 1!