You’re a Hudson County native, born and bred in Jersey City, who’s made music from your teens in various doo wop and R&B bands, and then move back to your county after an 12-year stop at the shore. So what do you do now?
You take those talents and make them available to young men and women looking to succeed in the music industry.
At least that’s the game plan of Frederick J. Amorosa Jr. of Secaucus.
Amorosa was born on Colgate Street in downtown Jersey City, where he lived for 48 years, learning all aspects of the music trade, and honing his skills so he could one day be where he is today, in a position to mentor a new generation of musicians.
From picking up a guitar at age 10, to now, at age 61, Amorosa’s love affair with music has never faded. He also plays piano, percussions, and harmonica. The groups that influenced him are like a who’s who of the ‘70s: The Temprees, Ethics, Blue Magic, Stylistics, Delfonics, Continental 4, and Choice 4. The Crows, Ravens, and Five Keys, were among the others he followed.
He began singing at 7 years old, and three years later he was belting the tunes out with the 4evers, a barbershop quartet. Then during the course of his vocal career, there were The Duprees, Heartaches, Uniques, Hudsons, Charades, and The Emperors 4.
During the disco era, he played and sang with the groups Hot Ice and White Heat, a band influenced by the none other than the King of Soul himself, James Brown.
“As a vocal coach, I want me to see and hear what I can do for the students.” – Frederick J. Amorosa Jr.
“As a vocal coach, I want me to see and hear what I can do for the students,” he said, and believes his years in the business give him an advantage in doing so.
Amorosa said he can help singers he tutors as long as they let him know exactly what they are looking for in a recording.
“Tell me what you want,” he said. “Then I’ll sit down with this person and create the whole song with the artist.”
Amorosa said he is negotiable with rates, factoring in the current economy with students’ interest in learning.
“I have such a love of music, and I know times are hard,” he said.
Since Amorosa has been in Secaucus, and back in northern New Jersey, for only two months, he has relied on word of mouth so far for new business. He said his former students in Jersey City are aware he has returned, as are his contacts in the music industry in New York.
But mentoring upcoming musicians isn’t Amorosa’s only passion.
Starting music companies became a passion for him as well, beginning with Stardom Promotions in the 1970s, which produced a group called "Prime" that is still performing.
Amorosa’s newest venture is a company called "2Smooth Productions" which handles the group he is now affiliated with and a member of: 2Smooth. The other companies he created are Just2Smooth Publishing and Up Front Records, which will be distributing his group’s CD.
On the CD’s main track, "What Love Could Do," Amorosa created all the vocal harmonies, arrangements and instrumental tracks, playing all seven instruments himself electronically, and blending them together for the final product.
Those interested in vocal training from Amorosa should call him at 973-874-9687 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joseph Passantino may be reached at JoePass@hudsonreporter.com.