Tampa Bay Times profiles Tony De Rosa
The four-time champ delivers the most important message about barbershop: "If your heart’s in the right place as a singer, you sing for your own enjoyment but you’re really singing to serve someone else."
We know him as an awesome singer, coach, director. He makes us laugh with his often self-deprecating humor. And he is deeply thoughtful and grateful for the intersection of barbershop culture and artistry:
I’ve been a lifetime performer and singer, and if your heart’s in the right place as a singer, you sing for your own enjoyment but you’re really singing to serve someone else. The whole joy of singing is being able to bless someone else and give someone else a ray of hope and positivity because of the song that you’re sharing. That only goes up exponentially when you’re doing something like a cappella singing, which is what our barbershop style is all about. Because the only way we’re making music is by connecting with other voices. All your investment is you trying to make someone else look better. I’m trying to do what I can to hold my part and sing it as well as possible, not only so that I can merge my voice with someone else, but so that the collection of our voices together brings this wonderful harmonic and harmonious effort to our audience.
Brian Lynch is Public Relations Manager for the Barbershop Harmony Society.