US commercial radio success has arrived for Canadian contemporary pop classical singer and poet Aria Tesolin with her radio hit The Key. The Key rose to the Top 20 at #19 on radio charts with over 1112 spins per week across the US, joining major artists Justin Timberlake, Pink, Bruno Mars, and Taylor Swift, and Michael Buble in AC Radio Charts published by New Music Weekly Magazine. The Key is currently #19 on the Hot 100 Singles Chart. The Key was launched for Canadian radio on July 8th.
On June 8th, 2103, after just eight weeks with no previous chart performance, The Key became the highest debuting top 40 single in two radio formats, Top 40 and Adult Contemporary (AC).
Tesolin is the only pop classical singer with a hit on the contemporary pop Top 40 format, a rarity. Popular audience tastes are responding very well to Aria's unique music. Music and lyrics for The Key were composed and written by Tesolin herself, making this achievement an even sweeter personal victory for the artist.
"I'm so excited that people are connecting so passionately to The Key," says Aria Tesolin. "I'm incredibly proud of that song and it's really meaningful to me, so I'm glad others are finding meaning in it too. It's really gratifying to work so hard on something and then be able to share it with the world."
The Key is the lead single from Tesolin's newest album, Ascension, which features exciting new pop sensibilities to complement her classically trained operatic voice. Fans have described the singer's strikingly beautiful voice as majestic, ethereal and mesmerizing.
For Ascension, Tesolin and producer Douglas Romanow developed a new style of music that combines the poetic originality of her lyrics in an innovative sonic landscape where classical influences meet a modern electronic sound (including harp and cello mixed with electronic piano and synthesizer effects).
Ascension shows Aria following an exciting artistic and musical direction, one best described as pop classical & contemporary pop fusion with an occasional touch of pop and crooner jazz, in songs where her polished signature vocals with classical roots soulfully play with music, motif and meaning.
"The Key is about falling in love in a dream. Having the opportunity to be so involved with all aspects of The Key, and the entire album, has made it even more special to me, because these songs are coming from deep inside me," says Tesolin. "I love being a songwriter as much as I love being a singer and performer, so it's definitely something I plan on doing again for my next album. I'm always jotting down ideas and melodies for songs, I never really stop writing."
Tesolin will be performing at an exclusive engagement in Toronto on Sept. 27th at the Mosquito+Lounge. Other tour dates and locations will be announced.
For more details, please visit ariatesolin.com.
Track Listing: 1) My Heart is a Factory 2) The Catch (Clarabella) 3) Ascension 4) Hear Me 5) The Key 6) Nobody Knows 7) I'm Already Gone 8) Dolce 9) The Apology 10) In a Dream
About Aria Tesolin: Born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Aria's concert performances as a child singing opera arias with Canadian tenors from the age of eight became legendary on YouTube and reached a global audience of 7 million. With 11 years of classical vocal training under her belt and after developing her unique musical artistry, Aria is now excited to share her original music with the world. Since March 2012, singles from her Aria Tesolin EP, Dolce and The Key have been playing on over 800 radio stations in 22 countries, with Dolce remaining near the top of the official European Indie Chart for five consecutive months. Aria has inspired audiences of all ages with her elegant and soothing vocals of soft pop, crooner jazz, classical songs and opera arias. Tesolin is also a competitive spoken word poet and has published several literary poems. She is a recipient of the FACTOR music grant, receiving financial support from the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters. Aria has just released a music video for My Heart is a Factory and is working on a music video for The Key.
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