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New Rochelle Singer Dreams Big With Journey That Includes His Musical Idols

New Rochelle Singer/Songwriter Artie Tobia.
New Rochelle Singer/Songwriter Artie Tobia. Photo Credit: Don Manion

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- New Rochelle resident Artie Tobia has high hopes for what's next.

The singer/songwriter, who came out with his fourth album, "Aberdeen" in June 2015, has since opened for Country Legend Tanya Tucker, and, most recently, with one of his childhood favorites, the classic rock band, Kansas. He's scheduled next to share the stage on Saturday, Aug. 27 with Starship featuring Mickey Thomas at the Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill's landmark music venue.

For the past year, "Aberdeen," has been his life, a rock and roll rollercoaster that hit its stride when Danny McCloskey from Alternate Root Magazine named the title track a "Top Ten Pick of the Week." Jim Clarke from the Lee County Courier then wrote: "Indie Folk Rocker Releases His Best CD Yet!"  It would be the first of many interviews and in studio performances throughout the year.

A national radio campaign helped him debut the album at number 28, eventually reaching 13 on the AMA/AAA APD chart nestled in with two of Tobia's major influences, Gregg Allman and John Mellencamp. “That is still somewhat overwhelming to me, to be able to say I was on a chart with the two of them," said Tobia. "Having grown up listening to them, I never thought I'd share a chart with them.”

He admits he has dreamed big - - and still dreams bigger. That includes plans to record another album, hopefully with a two-time Grammy award winning producer (talks are in the works). “That is a very exciting possibility; it is just coming down to a matter of timing and money," he explained. To that end he's contemplating a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the project.

Until then he plans to continue plugging away -- and invite his audiences along for the journey.

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