“I’m Vince Vicari. Pop singer, songwriter, pianist and entertainer.”
That's how the man known as Sacramento's singing waiter identifies himself. His new single, “Moon Boots,” will be released on Saturday April 4 at 5:06 a.m.
Vicari chose the date and time because that's when we'll see the next full, blood moon.
“When the moon is full, it emits this energy that subconsciously consumes people,” he says. “So I decided to wait until the next full moon which is a blood moon to release it then.”
Vicari said his new single is about feeling good and having a good time.
“Everyone has that one pair of shoes that makes you feel good – that when you put them on you say ‘I know I’m looking good right now! I’m feeling sharp!’”
“Moon Boots” is a pop song with an infectious beat. It will get you out of your seat. The dance oriented music video will be shot shortly after the single is released.
This is just the tip of the iceberg according to Vicari, who says he has a lot more coming in 2015. "Moon Boots" will be available as a free dowload on Saturday from Vicari’s website.
A Little Background
Restaurant diners in Sacramento know Vicari for his work as a singing waiter. He also sings the National Anthem at dog shows and roller derbies, and he performs for high school graduation parties. For a number of years, Vicari gained popularity as the MC of the Sacramento summer music concert series Fiesta En La Calle. For Vicari, there’s no gig too big or too small.
“My biography is gonna be so cool, you’ll read it and say, ‘Vince Vicari was nuts,’” he jokes.
Vicari comes from a musical family and he’s been playing the piano since he was eight. His earliest memories of jamming out to music take him back to when he heard "The Jungle Book" and "Aladdin" soundtracks on tape. In fact, his first piano book was made up of all "Aladdin" songs.
Vicari's early pop music favorites included NSYNC, Christina Aguilera, Boyz II Men and the Backstreet Boys. He and his siblings weren’t allowed to have TVs in their rooms, but they were allowed to have radios. Vicari says he recorded his favorite songs from the radio on to cassette tapes. Then he would play them back while standing in front of his bedroom mirror, pretending to perform in front of a crowd.
Fast forward to Vicari’s college journey
Vicari says he always wanted to go into television and radio. “I love that kind of media,” he says. He started as a communications major at Sacramento State University. Then a few of his professors guided him toward journalism. He graduated with a journalism degree and a minor in Spanish.
Vicari came to Sacramento from Jackson. He knew lots of people in the small foothill town. But he had to start all over at Sac State. He says that forced him to get involved.
“It was a wakeup call for me,” says Vicari. “I started injecting myself anywhere I could.”
Vicari joined Sac State’s student-run radio station KSSU and participated in the program until he graduated. He also got involved with the campus events presenting program, UNIQUE, where he really started meeting people by emceeing events. Vicari says throughout his college years he met people who encouraged him to step outside his comfort zone and perform more in front of people.
“My first performance as a singer was during college and from there someone invited me to another event, then another,” he recounts. "Some of the highlights include hosting and producing Sac State Sunset for four years straight.”
Sac State Sunset was the name of the radio show where Vicari interviewed dozens of local and mainstream artists. Working with new artists each week helped to elevate his status in the Sacramento music scene and further fueled his ambitions to pursue music professionally.
Vicari says he always had the goal of becoming a recording artist.
“If I don’t make it this year, I’ll keep going till next year,” he says. “I have to keep going on my path till I reach my goals.”
Connect with Vicari on social media for his latest updates.
UPDATE: Here is Vicari's new single...
Photos by Ryan Feng