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Italian Vocal Superstar Elisa Poised to Launch First-Ever U.S. Tour This Fall in Support of Her Debut North American Album Dancing, Released July 15 on Sugar/Universal

2008-08-04 12:28:00

Italian Vocal Superstar Elisa Poised to Launch First-Ever U.S. Tour This Fall in Support of Her Debut North American Album Dancing, Released July 15 on Sugar/Universal


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    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4 /EMWNews/ -- Italian-born singer-songwriter

Elisa, a multi-platinum, award-winning star in her native country, will

launch her first tour of the United States and Canada on October 29. As

acclaimed internationally for her powerful live performances as for her

inspired, emotionally direct pop-rock recordings, Elisa has appeared on

various world stages with music legends including Andrea Bocelli, Luciano

Pavarotti and Tina Turner. To date, though, her only North American

engagements have been singing the Italian national anthem at the closing

ceremony of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and two sold-out shows

at NYC's Joe's Pub in April 2008. Elisa's highly anticipated upcoming tour

is in support of her North American debut album Dancing, released July 15

on Sugar/Universal.

    The itinerary kicks off with a show in Toronto on the 29th followed by

one in Montreal the next night. The remainder of the tour encompasses

coast-to-coast dates in the U.S., beginning with a Boston-area show at

Great Scott in Allston on November 1, as well as another venture into

Canada at Vancouver's Biltmore Club on November 23. Highlights also include

bookings at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC (11/5), Martyrs' in Chicago (11/11),

the Roxy in Los Angeles, CA (11/19) and San Francisco's Cafe Du Nord


    Stateside fans first became familiar with Elisa when Dancing's title

track was featured in a breathtaking routine on So You Think You Can Dance

in June 2007. Organic fan reaction from that airing has since accumulated

over 1 million views of the clip on YouTube, and propelled the song to the

Top 20 on iTunes, where it reached close to 100,000 paid downloads prior to

the album's release. Another stand-out track from Dancing, "Rock Your

Soul," has also been featured on the hit program.

    Other album highlights include the ethereal, hypnotic ballad "Rainbow,"

which has a new video spotlighting Lacey Schwimmer, who originally danced

to "Dancing" when it captivated music lovers on SYTYCD. Also featured are

the passionate album opener "The Waves," the heartbreaking "Broken," the

rock-flavored "Stranger" and an elegiac take on Leonard Cohen's

"Hallelujah." Another cover, Elisa's dreamlike rendition of the Rolling

Stones' "Wild Horses," is available exclusively on the iTunes version of

the album.

    To date, Elisa's artistry has been honored with major awards including

five from Italy's prestigious Festival di Sanremo, an MTV European Music

Awards Best Italian Artist win and a Tenco Award for Best Debut Album for

Pipes And Flowers ('97). With her North American album and touring debut,

Elisa is poised to win honors and hearts in the new world as well. "Having

the opportunity to play here, especially, is very important because for me,

it really comes down to the face to face with an audience," says Elisa.

"I'm very curious about what that will be like on the tour. I believe that

we are all the same, that the world is one place. I want to see if that is


For more information, log on to Tour Date Market Venue Wed. Oct. 29 Toronto, ON The Mod Club Thurs. Oct. 30 Montreal QC Le Savoy Sun. Nov. 1 Allston, MA Great Scott Tues. Nov. 4 Vienna, VA (D.C.) The Barns at Wolf Trap Wed. Nov. 5 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom Fri. Nov. 7 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's Sat. Nov. 8 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe Tues. Nov. 11 Chicago, IL Martyrs' Wed. Nov. 12 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway Nightclub Fri. Nov. 14 Denver, CO Soiled Dove Sat. Nov. 15 Salt Lake City, UT Bar Deluxe Mon. Nov. 17 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern Wed. Nov. 19 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Thurs. Nov. 20 San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord Sat. Nov. 22 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge Sun. Nov. 23 Vancouver, BC The Biltmore Club Mon. Nov. 24 Seattle, WA The Triple Door

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