Meet Tony Natalizio—veteran of American and Musical services and native of Wooster, Ohio, an hour’s drive from Rock N’ Roll Cleveland, Ohio. He’s a proud descendant of hardworking artisans, caregivers, Germans & Italians.
At the age of ten and with the encouragement of his grandmother, Tony began as an instrumentalist on the alto saxophone (although tenor’s his favorite). He still has that saxophone. This endeavor proved to be short-lived but he eventually transitioned from brass to strings, specifically the guitar. Musicianship is not prevalent in his immediate family but his grandfather played acoustic guitar and sang in the Tackett Brothers Bluegrass Band…and he can also thank his mother’s classic rock radio selections—AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top & SRV— for his lifelong guitar infatuation.
Tony got serious about professional music in his early twenties and has never looked back. After a four year stint in the United States Marine Corps and a couple tours of Iraq as a Logistics specialist, he moved to North Carolina where he worked as a solo act, hired gun, touring axeman and with the top-tier party band Spare Change. In 2017, Life took him to Houston, TX—his favorite musical atmosphere—where he continued doing hired gun work along with his own show. Here he worked with The Slags & The In10CityBand. He continues to specialize in guitar & vocals with an emphasis in rock, country, blues and jazz.
Aside from performance, Tony has also pursued education in audio engineering and the music business. He received his AAS degree in Entertainment Technology from Guilford Technical Community College and a BAS in Business from UNC-Greensboro. He’s also worked as an intern at Music Mania Studios in Snow Camp, NC and ran sound at The Raven, Fat Frogg & The Lighthouse (all in Burlington, NC).
As of mid-September 2019, Tony calls Detroit, Michigan home where he’s hard-at-work on a self-produced, original-song-a-month project you can follow on his website. He has two releases thus far and more coming: “Sometimes Not Enough” is a swing minor bluesy meditation on the complexity of responsibility and “Keep on Movin’” is a straight-forward rocker about self-empowerment. Tony’s here to provide you with lush musical moments and sincere professionalism.
He’s married to the lovely Amanda the geneticist, and father of three boys, Alaric (8), Lucian (4) and Stellan (1).