Music Instructors / Artists / D’Amato Music School
John was the first contemporary guitarist admitted to the Educational Center For The Arts (one of the first performing arts high schools in the country) and was trained at the college level in guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, banjo in addition to music theory and song construction. Upon graduation, John was offered a teaching position at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. John declined that position to pursue performing and songwriting. His lessons are fun and informative and are structured to suit the individual learning style of each student. John continues to perform in the blues genre and has just completed his second solo CD “Born Blue-The Sun Sessions,” recorded at the Legendary Sun Studios in Memphis where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, B.B. King and many others have recorded.
Lauren D’Amato has a BA in music (voice/piano/flute), is certified K-12 (chorus/band/general) and has over 25 years of performing and teaching experience. Lauren’s creative passions range from studio work to female leads in bands (charted in Canada) and backup singing, stage/industrials, TV, opera, chorales, directing/producing musicals and currently performs with the John D’Amato Blues Band.
“Helping others get involved in music is something we’re very passionate about as we have seen first-hand the social, emotional, and academic benefits that learning to play an instrument or sing can bring along with long-lasting and life-enriching results.“
Where are you from?
We are both from East Haven, CT, in fact we went to the same high school. We moved to Tennessee in 2001.
How long have you been making music?
Lauren: I’ve been singing since I was a little girl as my mom was a musician, but studying formally in voice and piano since 11 years old.
John: I’ve been playing guitar since I was five years old which is also when I wrote my first song.
What was the pivotal moment that made you decide to follow your path as an artist?
Lauren: I’ve been involved in music so long that it’s hard to say; I just always knew music was in my path.
John: When I saw B.B. King play guitar on television at age five.
What can you tell us about your process?
We tailor lessons to students’ style of learning because every student learns differently.
What are some of your favorite places where your work has been performed?
Lauren: When John and I had a country band, one of the songs on our first album made it to #78 in Canada. Singing the “National Anthem” for the Knicks and the Rangers on National Television was very exciting. Every year when we have recitals, I’m pretty proud of all of my student’s progress.
John: My latest release “Blood on the Strings”, reached number five on the AirPlay Direct global blues charts. My prior release “Born Blue” was nominated for an independent blues award. Performing with B.B. King was also a highlight.
Who are some of your inspirations?
Lauren: My mother was a musician, so she was my greatest influence, always encouraging me to perform but actually I grew up loving Barbra Streisand. Now, I love too many artists to list.
John: Ever since I can remember I wanted to play guitar and sing and I was inspired by many of the greats such as B.B. King, John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, etc.
What have you found to be your biggest challenge in making your art? Reaching a wider audience.
What would you say your future goals include?
Providing musical instruction to Fairview residents so that they may enjoy the emotional satisfaction of playing music and the possibility of playing or singing with confidence whether professionally or just for fun.
What do you have coming up?
Lauren: There is a vocal workshop that I’ll be offering very soon.
John: The release of my new CD “Blood on the Strings”. Also, we will be expanding our lesson room area in the near future to accommodate more teachers and students.
What would you like to see happen in Fairview to build a better art community?
More groups or places of business (theater, music venues, etc.) for Fairview residents to share their talents.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
We look forward to sharing space with the Fairview Arts Council and Kevin’s Rock n Roll Emporium, and integrating further into the arts community in Fairview.