A Long Time Coming: Artist-Songwriter Branson Releases Debut Album | Entertainment

Nearly five years of hard work and persistence have paid off for the Branson artist and songwriter, who released his first full-length album this summer.

Earlier this year, Santino Tomasetti began slowly releasing singles from his debut album, but now all 12 tracks from the album are available to listeners. The album, called A Long Time Coming, has that name for a reason; as the compilation of songs has been in the works for a really long time. Tomasetti explained that the idea to write, record, produce and release his own album first came to him in 2016 while he was living in Los Angeles.

“I had a roommate who worked for Atlantic Records and I watched him every day at home or at work. Sometimes I would meet him in the studio and help track it and get more excited about it. Los Angeles was kind to me because of the live music scene,” Tomasetti said. “I started thinking, ‘I’m interested in doing this, but I kind of want to do it myself, because that’s just part of the Type A me that I am. I’m a controlling person so I want to know as much as possible about every aspect of it.

Tomasetti says that when he moved from LA to Branson and started working full-time as a performer, he realized he had both the time and money to start making his first album a reality.

“I started buying the computer, buying the programs, and I’m still frugal and finding free ways to learn how to mix and master and doing free LinkedIn Learning trials that I could learn from these mixing and mastering classes,” Tomasetti said. “I just spent every day studying it and downloading it on my tablet and bringing it to work when I was playing Showboat and sitting there taking notes on my phone.”

While he was studying, Tomasetti said he was also writing. In 2017, he wrote between 35 and 45 songs to possibly include on the album. In 2018, Tomasetti purchased all the equipment to record and produce his music, but throughout 2019 and 2020, his enthusiasm for the album slowed, as did his progress.

“But there’s nothing like a global pandemic to make you say, ‘You don’t know how long you’re going to be here. You don’t know what’s going on in the world. The only things you can be sure of are the things you control. I started to tighten up and write things down,” Tomasetti said. “I really got into it last year because I finally had the opportunity and the understanding to know that I could do this inside my dining room.”

After several months of dedication, Tomasetti released his album.

“The album came out on May 28. Until then, I was still fixing and re-recording,” Tomasetti said. “I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so a lot of it came into play where I just had to say to myself, ‘No, that’s not right, go back and do it again.’ I don’t like the guitar tone, let me go back and track it again.

Following the release of A Long Time Coming, Tomasetti shared that the reception was overwhelmingly positive.

“The nicest thing is that there’s 12 songs on the album, and I’d say at least nine or 10 of them, someone’s told me it’s their favorite song,” Tomasetti said. “So it wasn’t likely to be this one and this one. They hit people differently and I find that so nice.

In addition to Tomasetti, the album features songs that showcase the talents of other Branson-area artists such as Mallory Cunningham, Kayleigh Dominish, Alex Dominish, Ashley Jo Deaton, Janie Johnson, Zach Perko, Avilla Martin, Carlos Morales, Steve Parrish, Mandy Rosales, Chonery Kingsford Tanguari and Macy Watts.

“I go in with a strong idea, it’s so nice to have people I trust, people who also like to be a part of something with their friends who like music and I’m lucky that they love me and most of all they donated their time si,” Tomasetti said. “This city has so many talented people, I’m not necessarily the most articulate, but they could get their own flair and be independent enough not to rely on what I have to say and they can just kicked up. That’s the great thing here. It’s just that people want to help and are good enough to get paid.”

Reflecting on the past few years, Tomasetti shared that there are a few things he took away from finishing A Long Time Coming.

“I mean the inspiring motivation that if you can stick to something, you can do it and not settle. I learnt a lot. I’ve gotten better at guitar, I’ve gotten better at singing, I’ve learned different trades that I thought five or six years ago I wouldn’t have thought of doing,” Tomasetti said. “Give yourself every opportunity to be independent. It gets a lot harder when you don’t have the money, when you don’t have the facilities, but technology is such a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that you don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to write a song or create something, make art, write, build a business. You can do all of this basically from the thing sitting in your pocket.

As for releasing follow-up singles or albums in the near future, Tomasetti shared his game plan.

“I’ve already started going back to my computer and whenever an idea comes up, just try to invest as quickly as possible to get the idea into its final form as much as possible,” Tomasetti said. “As far as putting things out, the only thing I’m thinking about putting out this year would be a Christmas song, because I had one that I wrote nine years ago and I’m supposed to do at Lincoln Center in New York for this songwriter series. that they did, and it’s a fun song and I’ve always wanted to put it out… I think this album will probably stand alone for at least a year or a year and a half.”

A Long Time Coming is available online through various platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and pretty much anywhere you can find music.

“I’d love for people to tell me what they think about it,” Tomasetti said. “They can hit me up on social media if there’s something they like or don’t like or if they want me to come play in their backyard. I’m done. I will come to do it. I will come and give them a concert.”

Fans of Tomasetti’s music will be able to see him live in Branson this season in Anthems of Rock, New Jersey Nights and Dancing Queen at The Kings Castle Theatre.

A link to A Long Time Coming can be found with this story at bransontrilakesnews.com.

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