In 2016, at the age of 20, Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti took the stage on the hit reality show “America’s Got Talent” and wowed the panel of celebrity judges with his crooning style. old-school and Sinatra Voice.
A humble Italian-American from Bethpage, NY, with a larger-than-life personality and stage presence, he became a grand finalist on the show and has since toured the world, with an upcoming appearance in Atlantic City scheduled. for 8 p.m. Saturday. , on February 12, at the Resorts Casino Hotel.
I recently spoke with Valentinetti about his days on “AGT,” how he got there, and how he keeps his voice so smooth and velvety.
RYAN LOUGHLIN: Given that you were born way past his heyday, why do you think you gravitated towards old-school crooner-style music?
SAL VALINTINETTI: I was always around her growing up. So many of these crooners were such heroes in my Italian-American household. This music was what we listened to. I got into it especially when my grandmother passed away. The music was what I had to remember her, so I listened to her all the time. And I really fell in love with it then.
RL: What kind of music do you listen to when you’re not on stage?
SV: Everything! I love music. I even perform different types of music from time to time, especially when the audience asks for the third or fourth encore. I listen to everything from classical music to classic rock to blues, disco, R&B, hip-hop and today’s Top 40 stuff.