About Grace Dell Aquila

“When you’re the youngest of seven kids, you have to develop a strong vocal technique just to be heard at the dinner table,” says vocalist Grace Dell Aquila. From an early age, Grace was definitely heard! Dell Aquila quickly became a favorite singer in her hometown, Massapequa Park, New York, performing at many municipal functions and wedding ceremonies.
Strong vocal cords and a lively spirit soon brought young Grace to the forefront of the theatrical stage in High School. After assuming many of the leading roles in the productions at Farmingdale High School, Long Island, she was granted a full university scholarship to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of New York City. By day, Grace studied under some of Manhattan’s finest performing arts professors, and at night, she could be found fronting various musical groups on the Long Island music circuit. She eventually co-founded pop-rock group Another Colour, and has been singing lead for the band in excess of twenty five years.
With Another Colour, Grace has released multiple studio recordings and music videos. In 1995, an Another Colour music video, “Since It Is So,” was nominated in three out of six categories of the Roadrunner Music Video contest held at Coyote's of Louisville, Kentucky. Grace was in attendance at the video awards ceremony in Louisville for the viewing of the Another Colour video on multiple large screens. With Another Colour, Dell Aquila has been singing for audiences from Manhattan to St. Louis. She has shared the stage with many national touring acts, including, Pat Benatar, REO Speedwagon, Grand Funk, Arlo Guthrie, Warren Zevon, The Marshall Tucker Band, and others.
Positive reviews of Grace's vocal ability appear often in newspapers and entertainment tabloids. In an article from Long Island’s largest newspaper, Newsday, staff writer Denise Flaim wrote, “Delligatti's [now Dell Aquila] fiery stage presence—including a leonine mane that definitely qualifies as big hair—takes a back seat to her powerful voice and dramatic delivery.”
In 2003, a long-standing music nightclub in Louisville Kentucky, the Phoenix Hill Tavern, voted Grace “Louisville's Best Female Singer” in a contest that the nationally recognized venue was conducting. She was invited to sing with Louisville's 2003 All-Star Rock-n-Roll Band during the awards ceremony.
Grace and Another Colour have made music on various occasions with New York Yankee outfielder (and drummer) Paul O'Neill. Dell Aquila appears performing with Paul O'Neill on a fundraising video that was available for purchase at the outfielder's official Internet website. All proceeds from the sale of the video at O'Neill's website went to benefit disadvantaged children. Another Colour's association with the all-star Yankee outfielder brought Grace to sing the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium to a sell-out crowd of more than 40,800 attendees. Grace sang the Star Spangled Banner prior to a Yankees-Bluejays game in August of 1999 at the world-famous baseball stadium. Her rendition of the National Anthem was given during an emotional twenty-minute tribute ceremony to commemorate deceased Yankee all-star catcher Thurman Munson.
Grace has decades of recording studio experience and has participated in literally hundreds of studio recordings. While living on Long Island, she was the studio session vocalist for the Audio Recording Technology Institute of New York. Grace often participated in more than three recording sessions per week at the New York studio. In 1991 she released a ten-song compact disc that features guest appearances by professional musicians Doug Stegmeyer and Richie Cannata, two veteran members of the Billy Joel Band. Many of Grace's studio recordings have earned awards and have gained national recognition.
She sang on four Another Colour original songs that placed in the top-ten percent of Billboard Magazine’s 1992 world-wide song contest. Her music has been aired on New York’s most influential radio stations, including WXRK (92.3 FM), WBAB (102.3 FM), WRCN (103.9 FM), among others. Long Island’s Cablevision News 12 channel has invited Dell Aquila multiple times for interviews about her singing career with celebrity anchorwoman Lea Tyrrell. In Kentucky, Dick Irby of Fox 41 news has also interviewed the singer during television broadcasts.
In addition to her vocal ability, Grace is skilled in computer graphic design and music marketing. She was an employee of Long Island's most celebrated entertainment magazine, the Good Times Magazine, and worked for many years as the principal typesetter at her friends' (the Metzendorf family) Sir Speedy Print shop in New York.
In 1993, Five Towns Music College of New York had Grace give lectures on music marketing during a weekend music conference at the university.
Today Dell Aquila and Another Colour are at work performing in the Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio areas where they plan to continue writing original music and releasing recordings on a regular basis. From pop-rock to music marketing, Grace Dell Aquila is a complete artist—talent, experience, passion, and most important, a cheerful heart.