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LA CUEVA GRADUATE BUILDS CAREER IN MUSIC (ARTS & CULTURE)

Albuquerque Journal
January 11, 1998 
Byline: David Steinberg Journal Staff Writer

Pop-rock singer now lives in Nashville

Pop-rock singer Tony Vincent's recent TV spot for United Way of Central New Mexico grabbed a lot of attention.

On it, Vincent sings a portion of his popular song "One Deed," which is also the title of his acclaimed second album.

"I'm pleased with the United Way spot. It was new, fresh," Vincent said in a phone interview from his home in Nashville.

"The pleasant surprise was that United Way was targeting a younger demographic, putting not just a slogan with an organization but a song with it, which can cross demographic barriers. I think that's what made the biggest impact (on the campaign) this year."

Vincent is in Albuquerque this week performing at the United Way's awards banquet Wednesday night and giving a public concert Thursday night at the Cooperage. The Albuquerque native is backed by a four-piece band.

His most recent Albuquerque concert, at Hoffmantown Church, attracted about 2,900 fans.

Vincent, 24, said for the Cooperage event he will play music from his first two albums and from a record now in development.

"I'm now pursuing an alternative-pop deal," he said. "Basically I've been an artist who is trying (to use music) to encourage people but also to talk about relationships in songs. As a goal I try to keep my music in a positive vein with new musical ideas."

Vincent, whose last name is Strascina, started out at age 7 in musical theater with the Albuquerque Civic Light Opera Association. He also performed in musicals and dramas with the Albuquerque Little Theatre.

After graduating from La Cueva High School, he moved to Nashville.

"I set my sights on being an actor. But interestingly, my songwriting took hold, and it hasn't stopped since," he said.

"It's been a difficult move primarily because I don't think what I do is the norm there. ... Nashville music is not necessarily accustomed to music that's European-influenced. I've found that to be a struggle."

Vincent likes much of British rock, from the Beatles to Elton John and Tears for Fears.

He said he will definitely sing "One Deed" at the Cooperage.

"I don't think they'd let me out without doing it," Vincent said.

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Vincent will autograph copies of his albums 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday at Hastings Supercenter, Wyoming and Montgomery NE.

Pop-rock singer Tony Vincent
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: The Cooperage, 7220 Lomas NE
HOW MUCH: $6 at the door
PHOTO: b/w
SINGER BACK HOME: Nashville-based singer Tony Vincent performs Thursday night at the Cooperage. Vincent, whose parents are Peter and Linda Strascina, was student body president of La Cueva High School in 1991.