Once in a rare while a new musical voice emerges that makes you instantly sit up and listen closely. Newcomer Romèo Testa is one of those striking new talents who serves up a heartfelt performance that hits you straight at the core. Combining an intensely soulful delivery with poignant songwriting, Testa seamlessly blends rock, blues and soul that is a unique new addition to the pop scene.
Testa's "Still Misunderstood" is solid proof of his distinct sound and burgeoning talent. Driven by a sophisticated melody and a brazen objective, the track is dedicated to the victims of bullying who Testa clearly identifies with. "See myself inside your eyes/I'm familiar with your fears/The pain just ain't right/Because your face don't suit those tears," Testa sings in the song's second verse.
"Still Misunderstood" is taken from Testa's forthcoming debut EP, entitled The End, that will be released through ATO Records on October 22. Download a totally guilt-free MP3 of the song in the player below.
The release of the EP is the culmination of a lot of perseverance and hard work by the young crooner. "I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life," Testa candidly shares in a press release. "This EP represents me as a person and a musician, my taste in music and everything I want to stand for."
Born in Costa Rica and raised in Los Angeles, where he received a well-rounded musical education from his parents, Testa has been pursuing music since he began playing violin at 7 years old. By 11, he was writing songs in his bedroom with an electric guitar and cutting them on a TASCAM tape recorder, both given to him as birthday gifts from his father. Testa went on to study viola at the prestigious Interlochen Music School in northern Michigan.
Testa's The End was executive produced by multiple GRAMMY winning producer Dan Wilson who knows a thing or two about crafting timeless tunes. He previously worked with artists like Pink, Dierks Bentley, Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban and Adele on critically-acclaimed projects. In fact, Wilson won one of his GRAMMYs for producing and co-writing Adele's evergreen ballad "Someone Like You."
Testa wears his on his sleeve on the EP demonstrating not only his emotive delivery but also his impressive lyrical prowess. One of the most personal songs on the EP is the track "The Hardest Part" that is a song dedicated to Testa’s older brother,who died from bone marrow cancer. Other tracks include "Wish Me Well," a song about leaving loved ones to pursue your dreams, and "With You" that is a tender love song written from Testa’s experience getting lost on the bus on the way to Hyde Park in London.
(Support new pop and download Romèo Testa The End when it's available in a download store near you on October 22.)