Banding Together Webathon Starts 10/15

I’m happy once again to participate in the Banding Together Benefit for the Spondylitis Association of America. The Webathon starts tomorrow, Friday, October 15, 2021 at noon. My set will air live at 4:45pm on Friday. The Webathon continues through Sunday at 9:15pm.

See the full schedule and tune in at blowupradio.com.

Please also donate to the cause! There’s a 46-song compilation of exclusive tracks available as appreciation for your support. I have a brand new song on it, called “Know.”

Here’s a quote from the event organizer, Lazlo.

“It means so much to me that we are able to do this benefit for the Spondylitis Association Of America each year,” says Lazlo, the founder of BlowUpRadio.com and the organizer of Banding Together. “My wife was diagnosed with spondylitis 15 years ago. I have watched the debilitating effects of this disease and the chronic pain and discomfort it causes.”

Hope you can tune in and donate at blowupradio.com!

Toll Collectors at Finnegan’s Pub 9/30/21

Excited to be back playing live with Christina Alessi & the Toll Collectors in Hoboken, NJ on Thursday, September 30, 2021! This is the first show at Finnegan’s since pre-pandemic times. There is a brand new stage in the back room and we’re happy to be sharing it with Viktor.Digital.

Note – Tickets and COVID vaccination card (or negative 48hr COVID test) are required for entry.

Purchase tickets here – https://thelatestnoise.com/finnegans

RSVP to the Facebook event here – https://www.facebook.com/events/875995226683994/

Songwriter Challenge

I recently participated in a songwriter challenge for The Latest Noise Wine and Song where I composed an original song to a spoken word poem. I was sent the poem only – I wasn’t told who wrote it and didn’t have access to the poet’s reading. Two other songwriters were sent the same poem. The result? Three very different song interpretations! The poem is “Disbeliever” by Sandra Ann. Check out my version in the video below. 

If you want to see the complete segment with all three song interpretations plus the poet’s reading, check out the full Wine and Song video below. In case the link doesn’t start in the correct spot, go to 14:20 to see the beginning of the challenge.

Raindrops and Watercolors – Available Everywhere

Christina Alessi & the Toll Collectors released our very first EP in Late November 2020 – Raindrops and Watercolors. You can stream it or download it everywhere now! 

Click on the image above or on this link to be taken to all of the streaming and download options – https://linktr.ee/thetollcollectors.

Listen to Two Toll Collectors Singles Now

The first two singles are out from our forthcoming EP, entitled “Raindrops and Watercolors.” You can listen to “Whatever Gets You Through” and “Where the River Flows” now pretty much anywhere you can listen to music. Here’s a handy link that will get you to many of the place quickly! Please follow Christina Alessi and the Toll Collectors and add us to your library and playlists!

Listen now >>

Hope you enjoy them! The full record will be coming soon. 🙂

New Exclusive Track

I’m excited to announce I have a new song available – “Think It Through.” It’s a reflection on all of the politics that has erupted around the COVID-19 pandemic and a reminder that we should look out for each other and try our best to keep each other safe. I recorded it at home and played all the instruments on the track.

It’s available exclusively by donating to the Spondylitis Association of America. Earlier this month, I participated in the virtual Banding Together Webathon benefit organized by Lazlo of blowupradio.com. He hosts the benefit each year as it’s a cause near and dear to his heart – his wife suffers from Ankylosing Spondylitis. Donations are used to fund research as well as programs and services for the community.

To receive your compilation of 65 exclusive songs from the NY/NJ music community, including my song, you can donate here – https://spondylitis.org/webathon

Thank you for donating and I hope you enjoy the compilation!