About DENNIS J. D’AMICO
With over 42 years of experience in the entertainment business, Dennis owns a very well rounded expertise. His career began as an actor on network soaps in the late seventies and early eighties. At night Dennis performed as a songwriter in all of the NYC clubs. Migrating to the business side of show biz, Dennis cast many Broadway shows such as SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST, THREE MUSKETEERS, AND INTO THE LIGHT. His work in film includes best picture OUT OF AFRICA, SANTA CLAUS THE MOVIE, 9 1/2 WEEKS and A WOMAN OR TWO. Dennis has written, directed and produced many television commercials, produced a world premiere ballet at Lincoln Center for classical composer Robert Rines and produced and directed many Off- Broadway shows and contributed his many talents to STANGE INTERLUDE starring GLENDA JACKSON and AREN’T WE ALL with REX HARRISON and CLAUDETTE COLBERT. Every year Dennis produces charity events that raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for breast cancer, children’s cancers, autism, scleroderma and animal’s rights
The music business has always been his first love, composing over 500 songs- music and lyrics. He has contributed his music to several television commercials, theatrical productions and films. Dennis has performed with artists such as THE DREGS with STEVE MORSE, LARRY CORYELL, classical superstar NIGEL KENNEDY, REO SPEEDWAGON, STEVE WALSH of KANSAS, THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND and FRED TURNER of BACHMAN TURNER OVERDRIVE. Dennis served as Executive Producer of THE GARLAND MUSIC SERIES, and Exec Director of The Garland Appeal USA which commemorates the incredible life of LINDA McCARTNEY and fights cancer through the healing power of music. The projects are all supported by SIR PAUL McCARTNEY. Recently, Dennis produced the World Premiere of SIR PAUL McCARTNEY’s classical composition NOVA at the world famous TEATRO COLON in Buenos Aires to sold -out performances and 5 star reviews. As a jazz producer, Dennis has worked with some of the world’s greatest artists such as HANK JONES, HOUSTON PERSON, BUCKY PIZZARELLI, BOBBY CALDWELL, KENNY RANKIN, ROGER KELLAWAY, ROBBEN FORD, BOB JAMES, PAULETTE McWILLIAMS, BRUCE FORMAN, CHEVY CHASE, DORADO SCHMIDT, JAMES CARTER, PETER BEETS, FABRIZIO SOTTI, CASSANDRA WILSON, LUDOVIC BEIER, STEFAN HARRIS, 3X GRAMMY WINNER TOM SCOTT, WILL DOWNING and PABLO ZIEGLER. Every year he has produced the music and the DVD from THE DJANGO REINHARDT FESTIVAL from BIRDLAND in New York City.
Currently Executive Producer at Reviver Music and Productions Dennis has championed Sir Paul McCartney tribute recordings and television shows that commemorate Linda’s life and the funds fight cancers in women and children nationwide. At DREAM MAKERS MUSIC, Dennis headed up the label and has produced the band LEO and classical pianist YONGMEI HU and Exec Produced BILL CHAMPLIN’S newest release formerly of the band CHICAGO and THE SONS OF CHAMPLIN. He is also the Executive Producer for DANNY AIELLO’S new record LIVE FROM THE SANDS. Dennis is also Executive Producer of the MICHAEL MADSEN, VIRGINIA MADSEN, DARYL HANNAH film, TURNING THE TABLES. Dennis is currently producing a new play written by Tony Award winning writer Mark Medoff author of Children of a Lesser God. Bestselling. The working title is BABY LAMB, the story of Lena Pepitone, Marilyn Monroe’s best friend and best kept secret. Another current film project is GENOVESE, based on the true accounts of Catarina Petillo, Vito Genovese’s wife. Recently in Phoenix, AZ Dennis produced THE BELIEVE CONCERT, starring CHEVY CHASE, DANNY AIELLO, BOBBY CALDWELL, TOM SCOTT, KENNY RANKIN, HILARY KOLE AND ROGER KELLAWAY, with a 70 piece orchestra and 80 voice gospel choir at the Orpheum Theater to raise funds for children with cancer. In Nov of 2011 in Nashville, Dennis produced the LET US IN concert at the world famous RYMAN AUDITORIUM, 14 acts including Kenny Loggins, Chuck Wicks, Sarah Darling, SheDaisy, STEEL MAGNOLIA and JEFF DANIELS. The CD of the same name was also Exec produced and produced by D’Amico. In the Summer of 2013Let Us In Americana released which was executive produced by Dennis. This record features Grammy winners Steve Earle, Sam Bush, Jim Lauderdale and many more greats. The album is currently in the top 10 on the charts.
Recently Dennis directed and produced Nashville artist Sarah Darling’s music video of Blackbird. It went to number 1 on CMT.com
Dennis was Exec Chairman of People Jar, the first people search website on the net. He left last year to become Exec Chairman of YOUROCK.com
Executive Producer of ACTS The American Collegiate Talent Showcase- a nationwide talent search on all college campuses and universities.
You Rock Media- Exec Chairman- Internet Company that discovers, develops and delivers the best independent artists on the planet!
Executive Producer of LET US IN project to fight breast cancer in Linda McCartney’s name. Compilation of post Beatle Sir Paul McCartney tunes performed by various recording artist such as Kenny Loggins, Julian Lennon, Ricky Skaggs, Joe Walsh and Cyndi Lauper to name a few. Also in Nashville on Nov 7th 2011 live from the Ryman Theater superstar country artists will be performing Sir Paul’s songs , a television show was filmed as well as a live sound recording and studio record of the project for release in 2013.
Producing a music series at Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, VA for Caring for Creatures a no-kill animal sanctuary. Steel Magnolia will perform NOV 1, 2013
Producing the Livingston Summer Concert Series in Mississippi 2013 artists include Travis Tritt, Kellie Pickler, Lee Brice and Samantha Landrum
Producing animated features with artist Peter Max 2013
Executive Producer of Reviver Music’s Master Class Sessions. In LA in Feb of 2012 Dennis produced Richie Sambora of BON JOVI and guitar masters Tommy Emmanuel and Laurence Juber. Shot in HD and recorded.
Executive Producer of Let Us In- AMERICANA an album releasing this summer 2013 Grammy award winning artists Sam Bush, Steve Earle, Jim Lauderdale ,Buddy Miller and Rodney Crowell to name a few.
Archiving Jazz legend George Avakian’s library - George is 93 years young and discovered and produced Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Miles Davis to name a few. He won the Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Grammy this past year.
Producer and director of Nashville Studio Musician for Musician Afficianado. A series portraying Nashville musicians and their lives as session players including tutorials.
Producing the American Premiere of NOVA an evening of Sir Paul McCartney’s Symphonic Music
Produced 3 time Grammy award winning jazz artist Tom Scott’s new record “Telling Stories”
Producer THE PARTNERSHIP an entrepreneurial competition reality show
Founded Change 4 the Planet- fund raising crusade that will benefit children throughout the USA
Performs Charity Concerts for Fullness of Life Foundation throughout the US as an artist and songwriter to benefit children with cancer