Celine Dion may have won the award for the Best All Around Performer in Las Vegas in 2011, but even she can’t claim to be listed as a must see in the local tour guide – Lonely Planet Travel Guide; that honour goes to musical prodigy and virtuoso Frankie Moreno. Moreno was also named Best Las Vegas Strip Headliner for 2011.
He started out as a child, much like classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Coming from a musical family, Moreno began picking out the music he heard from his Dad’s band and record player when he was but three years old. Playing for hours at a time, young Frankie could play anything he heard and at age seven he became a professional musician, playing in and around his native Santa Cruz, California.
But Moreno did not limit himself to the piano; with few exceptions – trumpet and trombone – there is no instrument that Moreno cannot play at least on a basic level. Moreno said that having taken music theory he finds it easier to learn a new instrument because he has an understanding of how things work.
In a recent interview, Moreno said that writing is his favourite activity, but performing the new songs is a lot of fun and he enjoys showing them off to fans.
Moreno’s shows are much more than just a lounge lizard singing the jukebox full of hits; he performs original songs and puts on a full show that includes some piano playing tricks that have previously been credited to early rock and roller Jerry Lee Lewis. Moreno said that after performing for so many years, he was looking for something a little different to keep things interesting in his performance and so the tricks were born. For Moreno, it’s all about the music.
Moreno is currently in residence at the Stratosphere Lounge where he recently agreed to remain through October 2015. Moreno is working on a new show and Lacey Schwimmer is doing the choreography for the show.
Speaking on his recent appearance on “Dancing with the Stars”, Moreno said that dancer Lacey Schwimmer saw one of his performances and worked to have him appear on the show. Schwimmer herself danced during Moreno’s DWTS performance.
On September 19, Moreno released his self titled album; an album he and his brothers traveled the world to discover new sounds and rhythms to include on the songs. The third of five children, Moreno writes with his younger brothers Tony and Ricky. The album is available as a digital download and as a physical CD online.
To Moreno writing music is penning a soundtrack to people’s lives and watching someone sing the lyrics to your songs is really cool. Moreno says that he has an emotional connection to every song he writes.
Moreno has branched out a bit from his music by designing a line of suits that were inspired by the outfits he wears on stage. He calls the line Virtuoso.