SHERMAN OAKS—Local musician and singer Patrick Basile recently won an award in the United Kingdom. Fans of the singer and judges of the competition felt that he was worthy due to his great performances in 2011. The award was for “Artist of the Year,” and was given by Venture Radio in London. This week I caught up with the handsome singer of America’s greatest Standards, and he spoke exclusively with us about his latest success.
Q-Patrick, tell us about the British award that you received?
A-“About three years ago, Cammy Reali got me into rotation on Venture Radio. Bob Birch of Venture Radio played my music every Monday night. Last October, I was informed that I was up against nine other artists for their ”˜Artist of the Year’ award. After I was informed, Kate Rossi Stuart started promoting the fact that I was in the running for the award. Since I was already in the contest, I got proactive too, in letting people on Facebook know that I was up for the award. I didn’t really know what to expect. On January 15, they announced the winner, and lo and behold, it was me! I was thrilled by this, especially, since this was the first award I had ever won. From this, I got in rotation on Cuillin Radio in Scotland, and a Smooth Jazz Radio station in Italy.”
Q-So, it really was a total surprise to win?
A-“I had an idea that I would be in the top five , but yes, it was a very pleasant surprise. I just received the actual award a week and a half ago.”
Q-Where can locals catch you singing and performing?
A-“Locally, nowhere at the moment. Right now there are a few great things in the works. I was asked to perform in Rome, Italy on a show to launch a new video station, that incidentally, I am on now. They are featuring my ”˜Cry Me A River’ music video. There is also a couple of other incredible gigs in the works, which I am not at liberty to talk about yet. However, I will definitely let you know before anyone else in the media, when I find out for sure.”
Q-I play your CD all the time. When is your next one coming out?
A-“I am working on a new CD right now. I am experimenting with some material. There will also be three new original songs on the CD as well. You can get my ”˜Natural Man’ CD on iTunes.”