" My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style."
Born and raised in Sicily, in a family full of artist, Paola learned to paint and sing even before I was able to write.
At 10 she started her musical life, becoming part of the children’s choir in one of the main theaters in Italy. After 8 year spent singing Puccini and Bizet, Mozart and Britten, she was forced to stop.
Then, life gave her a second chance..
After two bachelor degrees in psychopedagogy and education, two specializations in teaching methods for children with special needs and a master in Languages Teaching Methods, she decided to follow her dreams and to follow the music call!
She started studying again with a shiny star from Sicily, Anita Vitale, and after a few years at the Palermo Jazz International School, surrounded by great musician from all around the world, she met Joey Blake and fell in love with circle singing, so she decided to audition to Berklee College of Music and start her journey as a professional singer.
Her Berklee journey started in the Fall 2014 and it has been a pretty unique one. Went to Boston to audition, with a dream: she wanted to realize her music therapy project, based on the therapeutic power of circle singing.
She was scared.
She was 32, not exactly a "freshman", and she was taking a sabbatical to be there, risking a lot: indeed she has a lifelong term job in Italy, very rare there nowadays. She started teaching 10 years before, but her "music nature" was missing.
During her very first day at Berklee, the President Roger Brown during his speech to the new students said something that changed her perspective on life
"You are here to be who you are!"
and in that very moment she felt in the right place at the right time.
Plus, he was right. In a few weeks she was discovering her abilities as a songwriter, started writing songs, got into the Music Therapy program.
She is now graduated, after going back home for a couple of years, but never loosing hope and focus. She has had the honor of being part of amazing shows with the Berklee Indian Ensemble, the Balkan Choir and the Gospel Choir, with the Circle Song Choir, and she performed on wonderful stages: at the Saint John Cathedral in New York, directed by Paul Winter and in Boston at the BSO, the NEC, and all the Berklee ones, of course.
Since her second semester on campus her focus has been her circle songs original project and she Artist Diploma Alumni now, currently recording her first album, despite never thought this dream could have become reality.
Paola is a driven artist with the desire to "change the world one note at the time".
"All things are possible if you believe" Mark 9:23 - The Bible