Better late than never! “American Idol” season 10 finished in ninth place and singer Pia Toscano is set to release her debut album “I’m Good” on Friday, October 14, eleven years after recording her first album, which never saw the light of day.
To promote the upcoming album, Toscano appeared on Sherri Shepherd’s new talk show to perform her latest single “Walk Through The Fire” and talk about resilience, working with Usher and Nasri, and her upcoming movie “1660 Vine”.
Watch Toscano’s performance below.
Pia Toscano has endured many rejections throughout her career, so it’s fitting that her latest single is called “Walk Through The Fire.”
After unsuccessfully auditioning for “Idol” four times, the singer made it to the live shows, only to be eliminated ninth in one of the most shocking eliminations in the show’s history.
Toscano describes some of her biggest setbacks in her career for Billboard, including recording 60 songs for the Interscope record label, one of which saw the light of day. Another of the 60 songs, “Heart Attack”, was re-recorded by Demi Lovato and became a top ten hit for Lovato. Toscano was later dropped by Interscope, and her planned 2011 debut album remains recorded, but never released.
After getting opportunities to work with “Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez, as well as musician David Foster (who is married to previous “Idol” contestant Katharine McPhee), Toscano worked with Usher and Nasri on her new debut album ” I’m Good”, due out this week.
After her “Sherri” performance, Toscano spoke to host Shepherd about working with both musicians, who co-wrote “Walk Through The Fire”, describing the experience as “like a therapy session”.
“This album was so healing to make,” Toscano said, “and you know music is like that, especially during the pandemic. It just changes lives and really helps you get through things, and that’s what this album is. ”
Pia Toscano also speaks with Sherri Shepherd about her upcoming film, “1660 Vine,” which premieres November 3 and features choreography by “Idol” judge Paula Abdul.
“It’s a movie musical,” Toscano tells Shepherd, “actually the character I play, Rose, is so similar to what I’ve been through, so it just feels like the right fit. It’s just funny how things happen, you know? ”
According to the film’s official website, “1660 Vine” is “an ensemble story of makeup tutorials, stunt performers, models, pranksters, gamers, vloggers, and musicians who, though each in their own path, have found community in the luxury Hollywood apartment building.” that they call (temporarily) their home: 1660 Vine Street.”
Toscano spoke more about her character Rose in a “Meet the Cast” video on the “1660 Vine” YouTube page.
“When I first received the script, I got chills because there were so many similarities [between myself and Rose]’ said Toscano, ‘Rose was my grandmother’s name, it is my godmother’s name and it is also one of my middle names. I chose it at confirmation because the name was so special to me. And Rose deals with many of the same issues that I do in my career.”
The only difference between the two, according to Tuscano?
“She’s a country singer and I’m a pop singer.”
Pia Toscano’s album “I’m Good” will be released on October 14 on all major streaming platforms. Her movie “1660 Vine” will be released on streaming and in select theaters on November 3.
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