America's got talent, but the voice is one of Long Island's.
Ronkonkoma native MarissaAnn Rizzitello on July 1 released her second single, “Blind,” less than eight months after her first one, “Then One Day,” a charity single that was inspired by a friend whose family was affected by autism.
If Rizzitello's name sounds familiar, it's because at age 15 she was gracing the stage of “The Voice” landing a spot on Christina Aguilera’s team on the show's third season, which aired in 2012.
Now, at 19, with all that Rizzitello has going on, you won’t find her on another reality-TV series, singing. “It was a great platform and I was young and I learned a lot from it, but the whole thing, to really get into the music industry, is to become your own artist and to write your own music. That’s the real part of the industry,” she says.
Instead, she’s spending time writing her own songs and making a name for herself.
The singer-songwriter is constantly working on her album, which she hopes to release in the next year. On it, we can expect to hear about “different experiences or even things that I have experience with, but fabricate [so people can relate]. I like using my imagination,” she says.
“This year, I’ve also been studying and diving into the craft [of acting]. I just started auditioning for TV shows [and] films that incorporate music and acting,” Rizzitello says, revealing she had recently tried out for an upcoming season of FX's “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll,” while also focusing on independent films and up-and-coming Broadway shows.
Next up, the young starlet will be singing at The Hampton Classic on Sept. 2 and early next year fans can find her singing at the Folio Awards. She gave a fierce performance on "Good Day NY" on July 14 and also at the Long Beach Summer Concert Series on July 18 where she sang covers from her favorite artists, including Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, in addition to her new single.
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As for the future, the songstress – who can also sing in Italian — wishes to collaborate with Beyoncé, Babyface and Jermaine Dupri.