Let’s Fall in Love draws much of its material from Pure Imagination, Pagano’s debut album and a stirring set of classic songs delivered live in the studio with a full orchestra—just as the great singers of Sinatra’s era recorded. “After one of the takes,” Pagano recalls, “some of the older musicians came up to me and said ‘I really appreciate that you sang them like you, and not like Frank. We already have Frank!’ That really got to me, and let me know I was on the right path.” The end result, of the album and the show, is a touching celebration of timeless songs, rendered by Pagano in a way both reverent and uniquely his own.
The inclusion of select numbers from the pens of Leon Russell and Burt Bacharach in the Let’s Fall in Love program hints at the core of Pagano’s newest orchestral program, A Soulful Musical Journey: Songs of Love and Inspiration. An evocative show rooted in Pagano’s childhood love of classic R&B, A Soulful Musical Journey also finds him bringing that same soulful sensibility to diverse other styles. Expertly programmed and powerfully delivered, the songs of A Soulful Musical Journey come together to tell a story, taking listeners on a journey defined by warmth, romance, resilience, and hope.
“Certain songs always stood out to me and gave me an indescribably inspiring feeling—chills or goosebumps, if you will,” Pagano explains. “From my first listen, these songs touched my soul in a unique way… and even now, I still get that special feeling whenever I hear or perform these tunes. My goal with A Soulful Musical Journey: Songs of Love and Inspiration is to provide that very same magical feeling to each member of the audience.”
Consequently, the repertoire of A Soulful Musical Journey ranges from the classic soul sounds of Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder to the Beatles and even a stirring rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s signature tune, “Smile.” And, at the core of the program is a medley of Burt Bacharach compositions—fitting, since Pagano has been the legendary composer’s go-to male vocalist for the past 14 years.