Chillin’ with Charlie: Rock Cover Band

Written by: Frank Iacono

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Chillin’ with Charlie is a high energy female fronted, rock cover band that plays primarily in the Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania, northeastern Maryland, and New Jersey areas.

Essentially, if it rocks hard, Chillin’ with Charlie wants to play it LOUD! Their playlist consists of everything from Aretha Franklin to Halestorm, from Katy Perry to ZZ Top… and everything in the middle… even a little Johnny Cash! Content on not being just another cover band, Chillin’ with Charlie is definitely NOT your typical cover band playing the same old tired songs. If you’ve heard it a million times, they aren’t looking to make it a million and one.

In this edition of The Creative Spotlight, I had the pleasure of interviewing Meeta Parker, Steve Bannan, Bobby Doney, Jim Cluster, and Greg Alkins from Chillin’ with Charlie and asking them a few questions about their musical influences, their career as a cover band, their set list, and their past and upcoming performances.

Q&A Session

TCS: How did you come up with the band name Chillin’ with Charlie?

CWC: Well we were jamming down the basement one night and my dog Charlie was always a part hanging out running around sitting listing to us play this went on twice a week till today he loves the band he waits for them to come over and just hang with them so that’s how we came up with Chillin’ with Charlie.

TCS: As a cover band, how would you describe Chillin’ with Charlie’s musical genre?

CWC: We play dance, rock, and classic rock in the Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania, northeastern Maryland, and New Jersey areas.

We lucked out because Meeta’s Husband Frank Parker turned out to be an Audio Engineer / Sound Man so he became an asset to our band. He puts it together and makes it tight. We are lucky to have him apart of the Chillin’ w/ Charlie family.

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TCS: Can you introduce us to the Chillin’ with Charlie band lineup?

CWC: The Chillin’ with Charlie band lineup consists of the following (as shown in pic above):

  • Bobby Doney: Lead Guitar and Backup Vocals
  • Jim Cluster: Bass Guitar and Backup Vocals
  • Meeta Parker: Lead Vocalist
  • Greg Alkins: Percussion and Backup Vocals
  • Steve Bannan: Lead Vocals and Guitar
  • Frank Parker: Audio Engineer / Sound Man (not pictured)

TCS: How long has this current lineup of Chillin’ with Charlie been playing together and how did you all get started?

Greg: Chillin’ with Charlie has been around for 3 years. I wanted to start a band up so I put it out on social media, BandMix, and Craigslist. With that, I found the best of the best and here we are.

TCS: At what age did you guys individually realize that you wanted to be musicians?

  • Meeta Parker: I was singing from the time I was 2 years old, but when I was 9 years old I knew and I never looked back.
  • Steve Bannan: At the age of 2 or 3 I already knew how to work the radio and tape player. FFW, REV. If there was a particular song I wanted to hear, I could find it. From then on I was singing and playing a mean air guitar.
  • Bobby Donney: It’s tough living the rock star life: tour buses, hotels or motels, oh wait is this supposed to be nonfiction?
  • Jim Cluster: I got a guitar at age 13, and after a year decided it was two too many strings. Playing guitar and then bass gave me a way through the start of those awkward teenage years, and I’ve never been without since then.
  • Greg Alkins: When I was 10 banging on my mom’s pots and pans I loved the feeling of banging on shit and listing to what I was hearing.

 

TCS: As a band what famous musicians do each of you admire and how have they influenced you individually and collectively?

  • Meeta Parker: Pat Benatar, Heart, Olivia Newton-John, and Celine Dion. All have amazing style and voices and Pat Benatar had the rock moves.
  • Greg Alkins: Neil Peart, AC/DC, Tommy Lee, Keith Moon all those hard driving rock bands with endless talent.
  • Steve Bannan: That would be a long list. When I listen to songs, it is a combination of the lyrics and music that draw me in. So, I’m influenced by a lot. And, not all famous. For example, there is this great local band out of Reading called Sheep And The Shears who are amazing. Of course cannot deny the classics as Greg listed along with Journey, Stone Temple Pilots, Taking Back Sunday (80’s, 90’s, and 00’s respectively). Singer/songwriters like Jeff Buckley and Grant Lee Phillips are a big influence as well.
  • Bobby Donney: Ace Frehley, Kirk Hammett, Joe Satriani, Slash, Vito Bratta. When I sit down and work through the solos from these guys or others (like SRV, etc.), I just don’t know how they came with them. I mean, how many sodas do you have to drink to develop that wicked lead-wah build in Sweet Child, or finding the right pinch harmonics and haunting feel in Ace’s solo for “Charisma” or “Hard Times” off the Dynasty album—just wow, I was 8 and mesmerized! I could go on….get me a drink and I will. Greatest guitar intro ever? The Hollies: Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress. That’s it; we have to add those songs to the playlist…you all listening?
  • Jim Cluster: Personally, I have recently been studying James Jamerson, Donald Dunn and Lee Sklar. They aren’t flashy like my other idols Geddy Lee, Chris Squire, and Flea but they quietly serve the song and hold down the groove. As a group, we have a diverse list of songs. I started as an 80’s hair metal fan, but with our current line-up, I’ve learned to appreciate a good song that reaches the crowd and brings them to the dance floor. We find great songwriting in groups from Dio to Katy Perry and Pink.

TCS: Why do you think cover bands have become so prominent in the past 10-15 years or so?

CWC: Brings back those good old memories and good time of great music to dance get together with friends and just rock out We know people want the excitement of live music, but they want to have a good time together dancing and hanging out with friends with songs they know and love.

TCS: How would you describe the local music scene? And, how has it helped you collectively develop as artists?

CWC: It’s happening… there’s a lot of good local bands… some really good tribute cover bands.

This has helped us pick and choose music that is different that no one else is playing and that you don’t hear all the time. This gives us an incentive to mix up the music to make Chillin’ with Charlie the best we can be. There’s a lot of mutual respect, support, and admiration. It’s great to support each other, and we can always be challenged and learn from the others out there.

 

TCS: How do you market Chillin’ with Charlie songs, merchandise, and appearances?

CWC: We do most of our promoting on our band Facebook page and we print up flyers and posters to put up in clubs that we play in. We also sell T-Shirts with our band name and logo.

TCS: On your website, tell us what your fans can do or learn about Chillin’ with Charlie?

CWC: On our band website and Facebook page, you can find our band schedule, view videos of us performing, and see pictures of gigs we’ve played in the past.

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TCS: During your shows do you ever play any originals? Which cover songs do you perform most frequently? Do you have a set play list?

CWC: No, during our shows we do not play any originals. Our playlist consists of bands like Heart, Pink, and Journey. We change the set play list depending on the crowd and the venue. We take great pride in the diversity of our play list. We play all covers, from today’s pop, to Motown classics, to hard rock, and classic rock favorites.

Bobby Doney: We have a bunch of Joan Jett and Pat Benatar tunes as well, that’s because we’re boss.

 

TCS: Tell us about Chillin’ with Charlie’s recent appearance at Tipsy McTullio’s Pub in Claymont, Delaware?

CWC: Great crowd, turnout, and response, promo was flyers, Facebook and word of mouth. Our following is continuously growing. Tipsy’s was a GREAT local venue, with a built-in, supportive crowd that was very receptive to us. We promoted the event with flyers at the venue, and online postings on Facebook and a number of other sites.

Tipsy’s (both shows) was the perfect mix of our crowd and a built-in crowd. We were proud that on our second appearance there, they named a drink after us for the night. Their ‘Jungle Juice’ shooter became ‘Charlie’s Chiller’ that night. We were terribly sorry when Tipsy’s closed. It was a great venue, strongly supportive of local music, and its North Wilmington, DE location was perfect for a lot of our fans.

CWC: Below, find our set lists and who sang the song:

Set 1

  1. I Hate Myself For Loving You – Meeta
  2. Rock and Roll – Meeta
  3. Sex On Fire– Steve
  4. All Summer Long/Sweet Home – Meeta
  5. Barracuda – Meeta
  6. Come together – Steve
  7. Piece of my Heart – Meeta
  8. What’s Up – Meeta
  9. I Love Rock And Roll – Meeta
  10. Dani California – Steve
  11. Hot Legs – Meeta
  12. One More Night – Meeta
  13. Bring Me To Life – Meeta/Steve

 

Set 2

  1. Respect – Meeta
  2. Hot and Cold – Meeta
  3. Give It Away – Steve
  4. Raise Your Glass – Meeta
  5. Some Kinda Wonderful – Greg/ Meeta
  6. Save a Horse – Meeta/Steve
  7. U and Ur Hand – Meeta
  8. Rock This Town – Steve
  9. Red Neck Woman – Meeta
  10. Pour Some Sugar on Me – Meeta
  11. Hard To Handle – Steve
  12. Living on A Prayer/You Give Love A Bad Name – Meeta
  13. Funky Music – Meeta
  14. Call Me – Meeta

 

Set 3

  1. Stone In Love/Any Way You Want It – Meeta
  2. Man in The Box – Meeta
  3. Fight For Your Right to Party – Steve
  4. I Remember You – Meeta
  5. Treat Me Right – Meeta
  6. Folsom Prison – Greg
  7. I Get Off – Meeta
  8. Holy Diver – Meeta
  9. Road House Blues – Steve
  10. Self Esteem – Meeta
  11. Shipping Up To Boston – Steve
  12. Heart Breaker – Meeta
  13. You Shook Me All Night Long – Meeta

 

Extra songs:

  1. Sharp Dressed Man
  2. Santeria
  3. Hit Me with Your Best Shot
  4. Get Down Tonight/That’s The Way
  5. Fortunate Son
  6. The Middle

TCS: How did you land the performances at Cunningham’s Irish Pub in Newark, Delaware in June and July 2013? And, how would you describe the crowd and your playlist like?

CWC: We landed that event through word of mouth on Facebook, and we mostly played the same play list with a few changes. Cunningham’s Irish Pub is another great local place, and a strong supporter of local music. Again, we were able to bring our crowd together with their built-in crowd, and get them all dancing together.

TCS: Share with us some details about your performance on Saturday, June 15th, at the 3rd Annual Laxpalooza Lacrosse Tourney at Bicentennial Park in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania?

CWC: The Laxpalooza Lacrosse Tourney was an outside event that we got through a friend of ours. It was a great crowd / different crowd young and old fun show to play and hot. The play list was changed due to the age.

Bobby Donney: It was awesome to have this giant field as the dance floor.

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TCS: Tell us how excited you guys were to have played Cheney’s on the Pike in Wilmington, DE?

CWC: Yes, very excited. We’re looking forward to playing there again in both November and December. Cheney’s is a great place to play and they’ve had us in a number of times. They have good people and a good crowd. We have probably played there more than any other place. They are another great supporter of local live music. Nearly every local musician has played there at one time or another in their career, and they are another great supporter of local music.

TCS: What songs would someone be surprised that you play regularly in your playlist?

CWC: A couple of examples would be “Holy Diver” from Dio and “Man In The Box” by Led Zeppelin. We’re very diverse we can mostly play anything. We try to not only be diverse in the songs we play, but in the versions we select. For example, we play “Call Me” by Blondie, but we play the version recorded by hard rock band In this Moment. The hope is to appeal to a much wider potential audience, surprise the crowd as much as we can, while still keeping them dancing.

Bobby Donney: We also played a great tune by Metallica which I love called “My Friend of Misery” but we don’t have a metal head following.”

TCS: What’s the most unusual place Chillin’ with Charlie have ever played a gig? And, how did the qualities of that place affect the show?

CWC: We recently played Aqual Sol restaurant in Bear, Delaware. We started out playing outside on patio with the dinner crowed and they were very quiet. Then, we changed the music set to accommodate the crowd as the night went on. We started to rock it up with dancing and jamming out to classic rock. We also did the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise $150.00 for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The patio at Aqua Sol on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend was a unique show. Aqua Sol has a beautiful location, just off the water and marina at the C&D Canal.

As previously mentioned, the Laxpalooza Lacrosse Tourney was another unique show, and our first together with that lineup. Due to its distance from home, it was difficult to draw our crowd, but we had a great crowd of youth lacrosse players, parents, coaches, and event staff. While we’re not Katy Perry fans that was the show where we learned the power of Perry to get people dancing (unfortunately, most of our dancers on that song won’t be of age to see us again for a few years.)

 

TCS: Describe with us what your rehearsals are generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?

CWC: We usually practice on Tuesday nights. Sometimes we pick some new songs, drink lots of beer, hang out with Charlie, and have a great time jamming with the band.

TCS: What’s does the short-term and long-term future hold for Chillin’ with Charlie?

CWC: For Chillin’ with Charlie there is no short-term we are only looking at long-term. We have something special going on with our energy, our drive, and our passion for music not only as a band but as a second family. We are looking to play bigger venues like XFINITY Live!, Pennypack Park Music Festival both in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and so on….

TCS: Meeta can you tell us about the children’s book entitled Cookie the Clown that you published back in July of 2007?

Cookie-the-Clown

Meeta Parker: I worked as a clown for 4 years of my life and children used to ask me if I was a real clown, I used to tell them that I was and it eventually led to the ideas that I wrote into my book, Cookie the Clown.

The book is about real clowns that come into our world from their own country and begin living among us, basically as minorities. Something I also have a lot of experience with as my family is from India.

 

TCS: Are Chillin’ with Charlie working on anything right now?

CWC: We are always working / fooling around with new things to improve our overall set list.

Bobby Donney: Songs like ‘Pride and Joy” by Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger, and for the others you have to come out and rock with us.

TCS: What advice do you have for young bands trying to get established?

CWC: Follow your passion with your heart and stay true to what you love and work hard. Go out to see as much live music as you can, in whatever style you choose to play, and talk to the musicians. It is a supportive community. We have talked to and learned from others, and are always happy to encourage the next up and coming group.

About Frank Iacono

Frank Iacono - The Creative Spotlight

Frank Iacono is a highly skilled results-oriented Strategic Marketing Professional with proven critical thinking, problem solving, and project management skills, developed through more than 20 years of experience concentrated in integrated marketing strategies. Frank brings a thorough, hands-on understanding of marketing strategies and technological platforms as related to applications available for web design, content development, email marketing, site and campaign analytics, search marketing and optimization, service and product marketing, lead and demand generation, social media, and customer retention.

Frank has a BA degree in English/Communications and Marketing from Cabrini College, and he received his Webmaster Certification from Penn State Great Valley.

Peter Beckett: Singer and Songwriter

Written by: Frank Iacono

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In 1974, legendary singer/songwriter/musician Peter Beckett, a Liverpool, England native, came to America to join an international group of writer/musicians called Skyband and recorded an album for RCA Records. Unfortunately Skyband was short-lived, but during a glitzy Hollywood party he met singer/guitarist J.C. Crowley. A short time later, Peter formed Player along with Crowley, bassist Ronn Moss, and drummer John Friesen.

In 1978, Player struck gold with the chart-topping, feel-good smash hit co-written by Beckett and Crowley entitled “Baby Come Back.” The song was Player’s biggest single, hitting number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 on the soul charts. With the success of “Baby Come Back,” the self-titled debut album went platinum and the band toured extensively. When Player slowed down in the 1980s Beckett focused on film and TV projects while his bandmate Moss gained stardom playing Ridge Forrester on the CBS soap opera series The Bold And The Beautiful.

Between the years 1989-1997, Peter was a featured member of The Little River Band and has written several singles for them. Beckett and Moss reunited in 1997 and completed the fifth Player album entitled Lost In Reality. Then in 1999, they began performing again as Player, usually with all-star lineups of musicians that included members of Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, The Cars, Mister Mister and Little River Band. Now, after an almost 20-year hiatus, Player is back with a new album released in 2013 entitled Too Many Reasons. The album, which features 12 new tracks and a new acoustic version of “Baby Come Back,” was written and produced by Peter.

In this edition of The Creative Spotlight, I had the pleasure of interviewing Peter Beckett and asking him a few questions about his musical influences, his early career in the band Player, his songwriting career, his more memorable performances, and the new Player CD Too Many Reasons.

Q&A Session

The Creative Spotlight: Growing up in Liverpool, England when did you realize music was something you wanted to pursue? And, were there any specific bands that highly influenced your decision?

My brother sneaked me into The Cavern Club in Liverpool when I was about 16 and I got to see The Beatles play live. It was so loud and atmospheric that from that moment I was hooked. One of my favorite bands was The Escorts. I loved their Everly Brothers style harmonies and used to go see them a lot.

TCS: Tell us about when Player showcased “Baby Come Back,” a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1977, for legendary American record producer and music industry executive Clive Davis and describe how that meeting played itself out?

John Charles Crowley (vocals, keyboards, guitar) and Ronn Moss (bass, vocals) and I were set up to play a handful of songs for Clive at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the ballroom. There was just him sitting out there. We were on the stage playing acoustically. We did about three songs including “Baby Come Back”. Afterwards he took us to his suite, and after telling us that he didn’t hear a hit, he started playing us a bunch of records that he thought were hits. We were deflated. He was very polite, but also wrong (for once).

TCS: Since then “Baby Come Back” has been featured in many TV commercials, more recently to sell Swiffer Sweeper Vac and Swiffer WetJet, so how do you think that either helps or hurts Player?

At this stage of the game and the way the music business has changed, I don’t think anything can hurt. It’s all airplay and gets the song in people’s faces again.

TCS: When you were working on Player’s second album, entitled The Danger Zone, your record company asked you to tour with guitar great Eric Clapton. Can you tell us all about that experience?

I had performed with Clapton several times in England before during the John Mayall and eventually “Cream” days. We knew when we got the news that we would have to toughen up our sound somewhat to do the “Slowhand” tour. This led to the harder edged 1978 album entitled Danger Zone. This came naturally to me as I had played in some harder rock bands in England. I was asked to play with Uriah Heep at one stage but turned it down to stay in Los Angeles as I would have had to move back to London. The “Slowhand” tour was a classic and a great memory.

TCS: Can you introduce us to the current Player band lineup?

  • Peter Beckett: Vocals and Guitar
  • Ronn Moss: Bass and Vocals
  • Rob Math: Lead Guitar and Vocals
  • Jawn Starr: Keyboards
  • Jimmy Carnelli: Drummer (not shown in pic below)

TCS: What do you enjoy most about performing with Player? And, how would say Player differentiates itself from similar bands within the same genre?

We play with a lot of our contemporaries still, and one thing that’s different is we actually have some original members. Lots of name bands out touring these days have no originals. It’s crazy. Over the years we have developed a nice mix of R&B and rock in our stage show that keeps things fun and fresh.

TCS: Over the years, are there any specific Player performances that are particularly memorable for you?

I remember playing in Chicago on the Boz Scaggs’ Silk Degrees tour. We had been touring for a while as our single was going up the Billboard charts. We walked out on stage and the audience reception was much, much bigger than usual. We found out later that the record had hit number one and a lot more people knew who we were.

TCS: What are among some of the strangest venues or gigs you’ve ever played and how did it affect the overall performance?

I did a “theater in the round” one time, and what was supposed to happen was the band would start playing facing the backstage area, By the time we started singing, the stage should have turned and we should have been facing the audience. The stage never turned and we did the whole first song facing backstage. The roadies were in hysterics but they applauded at the end. Then the stage turned and things were back to normal.

TCS: Can you provide us with some background about the acoustic song “I Will” that appears on your 2013 release entitled Too Many Reasons?

I wrote that song with Steve Plunkett a few years back and it seemed to fit alongside the other songs that were chosen for the CD. It was meant to have a kind of Dave Matthews vibe.

TCS: During your career, you’ve done a fair amount of songwriting and a great deal of session work for other artists so can you share with us some of that work?

I can barely remember all of them these days, but off the top of my head I have written songs for:

  • Kenny Rogers
  • Heart
  • Olivia Newton John
  • Survivor
  • Sergio Mendes
  • The Temptations
  • Commodores
  • Janet Jackson
  • Poco
  • Little River Band
  • and many others…including Grace Slick and Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead

Some movie credits include:

  • Major League
  • The Karate Kid
  • Terminator 3
  • Dirty Dancing 2
  • Rock Star
  • Basic
  • St Elmo’s Fire (Grammy Nomination)
  • Frankie and Johnny
  • Transformers

TCS: What do the short and long term plans hold for you and Player?

I am still working on my book, Player has the new CD out entitled Too Many Reasons, we have been doing some TV including General Hospital (see video below), and a big TV show dedicated to Smokey Robinson. Additionally, Player has a big tour of Australia planned in November/December of 2014. My country band “The Limey Cowboy” will be playing live next year after I finish up the CD and get another number one.

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Song List on Too Many Reasons (2013)

Too Many Reasons - Player

  1. “Man On Fire”
  2. “Precious”
  3. “I Will”
  4. “Tell Me”
  5. “The Sins of Yesterday”
  6. “You’re My Addiction”
  7. “Too Many Reasons”
  8. “To the Extreme”
  9. “The Words You Say”
  10. “Life in Color”
  11. “A Part of Me”
  12. “Kites”
  13. “Nothin’ Like You”
  14. “Baby Come Back”

Song List on Lost In Reality (1996)

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  1. “This Is Your Life”
  2. “Without You”
  3. “Footprints In The Sand”
  4. “Something Good”
  5. “After All This Time”
  6. “Baby Come Back”
  7. “Cherry Lane”
  8. “Stand By Me”
  9. “No More Rain”
  10. “Sometimes You Got To Let Go”
  11. “Beautiful Love”
  12. “Just To Be With You”

Song List on Electric Shadow (1995)

Electric-Shadow-Player

  1. “This Is Your Life”
  2. “Without You”
  3. “Footprints in the Sand”
  4. “Something Good”
  5. “Stand by You”
  6. “No More Rain”
  7. “Every Time I Turn Around”
  8. “After All This time”
  9. “Just to Be with You”
  10. “Beautiful Love”
  11. “Baby Come Back”

Song List on Beckett (1991)

Peter-Beckett-CD

  1. “I Told You So”
  2. “My Religion”
  3. “Brother Louie”
  4. “Hangin’ By A Thread”
  5. “The Big Hurt”
  6. “How Can The Girl Refuse”
  7. “Not A Day Goes By”
  8. “The Bottom Line”
  9. “Still Of The Night”
  10. “Falling From Grace”

Song List on Spies Of Life (1982)

Spies-of-Life-Player

  1. “If Looks Could Kill”
  2. “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid”
  3. “Thank You For The Use Of Your Love”
  4. “It Only Hurts When I Breathe”
  5. “My Mind’s Made Up”
  6. “I’d Rather Be Gone”
  7. “Take Me Back”
  8. “My Survival”
  9. “Born To Be With You”
  10. “In Like Flynn”

Song List on Room With A View (1980)

Room-With-A-View-Player

  1. “Room With A View”
  2. “It’s For You”
  3. “Upside Down”
  4. “Who Do You Think You Are”
  5. “Bad News Travels Fast”
  6. “All Tied Up”
  7. “Givin’ It All”
  8. “It May Never Happen”
  9. “Tip Of The Iceberg”

Song List on Danger Zone (1978)

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  1. “Love In The Danger Zone”
  2. “Silver Lining”
  3. “I Just Want To Be With You”
  4. “Forever”
  5. “I’ve Been Thinking”
  6. “Prisoner Of Your Love”
  7. “Join In The Dance”
  8. “Wait Until Tomorrow”
  9. “Let Me Down Easy”

Song List on Player (1977)

Player-Album

  1. “Come On Out”
  2. “Baby Come Back”
  3. “Goodbye (That’s All I Ever Heard)”
  4. “Melanie”
  5. “Every Which Way”
  6. “This Time I’m In It for Love”
  7. “Love Is Where You Find It”
  8. “Movin’ Up”
  9. “Cancellation”
  10. “Trying To Write a Hit Song”

About Frank Iacono

Frank Iacono - The Creative Spotlight

Frank Iacono is a highly skilled results-oriented Strategic Marketing Professional with proven critical thinking, problem solving, and project management skills, developed through more than 20 years of experience concentrated in integrated marketing strategies. Frank brings a thorough, hands-on understanding of marketing strategies and technological platforms as related to applications available for web design, content development, email marketing, site and campaign analytics, search marketing and optimization, service and product marketing, lead and demand generation, social media, and customer retention.

Frank has a BA degree in English/Communications and Marketing from Cabrini College, and he received his Webmaster Certification from Penn State Great Valley.