An Interview With Marc Vincent Sica, Winner Of The New Jersey Country Music Association “Male Singer/Songwriter Of The Year” Award
Sica talks about winning the award, his upcoming CD and his future plans.
I recently had the pleasure of talking with Staten Island Songwriter Marc Vincent Sica, who is the winner of the New Jersey Country Music Association’s “Male Singer/Songwriter Of The Year” award. Marc is a founding member of the Staten Island based band, "The Nashville Attitude." The band also recently won an award for the NJCMA “Band of the Year.” For more information on Marc and The Nashville Attitude, check out their website at www.thenashvilleattitude.com or call NUVINCO Booking at (718) 698-6359.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Hi Marc. It's good to talk to you. Congratulations on your recent award. So tell me, when did you first start writing songs?
Marc Sica I've been writing for the past 10 years.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Who are some of your influences?
Marc Sica Rodney Crowell, Clint Black, the classic writers like Willie and Waylon and those guys… Johnny Cash. Another influence is Jim Lauderdale. As far as the sound of the band, we have incorporated everything from the early Elvis Sun session years to our current influences, Dwight Yoakam, David Ball, Hal Ketchum and Clint Black.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Does The Nashville Attitude play strictly country music or other styles of music, as well?
Marc Sica We pretty much play all different kinds of music, types and styles of music, but the core of the band is a country influence.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Do you usually play locally?
Marc Sica We perform throughout the tri-state area, New York, New Jersey, Long Island, and the area. We go back and forth to downtown Nashville and play down there. We're branching out to different parts of the country, but that's pretty much where we're playing right now.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Where in Nashville do you usually play?
Marc Sica At Tootsie's Orchard Lounge and The Bluegrass Inn.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Do you have any upcoming gigs?
Marc Sica We're lining two things up. Presently, we're working on a record so we don't have a big schedule other than a lot of private gigs and some gigs in Jersey, but we're looking to go back in Nashville at the beginning of next year.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Have you released CDs before or is this your first CD?
Marc Sica We have one CD out and it's called "Cool Walk." That record sold in Europe as well as throughout the country. We have a new record that's recorded but not released yet, and we're also writing some new stuff.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Just clarifying, you're working on new material for the new CD?
Marc Sica Yes, we pretty much have the music done already. We need to finish a few other things and then we're going to release our next album.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Where do you usually record?
Marc Sica We record everywhere from New York down to Nashville. Recently we've recorded in New York at a place called Moon Studios in Staten Island.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] When is the new CD going to be released?
Marc Sica By the beginning of the next year.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Marc, how do you personally feel about winning the New Jersey Country Music Association’s “Male Singer/Songwriter of the Year” award?
Marc Sica Oh it's great! You know, it's an honor to receive an award, but when you receive it a couple of years in a row like we have, you know it means that people like what you're doing. In this business, it's an honor and it's good to be associated with the NJCMA and its magazine, “The Country Music Scene,” so we're really happy about it. We're hoping it's going to add to our resume to take us to the next level.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] I spoke with performing songwriter Barbara Harley, who won the NJCMA award for “Best Female Singer/Songwriter Of The Year.” She had good things to say about you and the band.
Marc Sica She's a good writer, she's a good person, and I'm glad to be associated with her.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] What are your goals as a songwriter or with the band?
Marc Sica We'd like to be able to travel more and to have a major label help us with distribution, which is pretty much the toughest thing to do - to get your records out without a major label and to get airplay on the radio stations. That's really what we're trying to do. We're trying to cause a stir and get some airplay and be able to spread our music throughout the country.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Sounds good! So, how has the NJCMA helped you in your career?
Marc Sica The NJCMA is a good organization, mostly because it gives us a voice in New Jersey. It’s helped us to stay in contact with a lot of people and meet people associated with Country events in the New Jersey. It's been very helpful to us. And “Country Music Scene” Editor Jackie Hinczynski and NJCMA President Rob Burrows have been good friends, also.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] How can people contact you?
Marc Sica They can go to the website or they could just call NUVINCO Booking at 718 698-6359.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Marc, is there anything else you’d like to add?
Marc Sica We will be doing a performance at Atlantic City at Bally's Wild West Casino, but the dates aren't released yet. People can keep a lookout at our webpage. Thank you.
[Cindy Beth Gordon] Thanks, Marc. Congratulations again on winning that award and I wish my best to you and The Nashville Attitude.