Gene Ferrari (GeneFerrari.com) sweeps onto the stage in a wave of energy that almost crackles. He flashes his contagious grin to his eager audience, seizes his microphone and fills the big casino showroom with a rolling tenor that stirs the romantic imagination.
Gene has been the frequent opening act choice over the years of such stars as Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, Joan Rivers,Jackie Mason, Dom Deluise, Rich Little, David Brenner, Pat Cooper, Bob Hope and more. Or that Gene’s four CDs, the latest of which is “Live,” sell so briskly on the internet and at his personal appearances.
Dark-haired and handsome, the mature good looks, Continental charm and supple voice of this proud Italian-American have made him a favorite, both as headliner and opening act, in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and a multitude of venues large and small from coast to coast and beyond.
Gene’s classically elegant style, both in performance and in attire, begs comparison to such great romantic singers as Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck. But, even though Humperdinck was a mentor and early influence, Gene’s way of delighting audiences with the music they love, and some they are enjoying for the first time, is distinctively his own.
He’s come a long way from Catania, Sicily, the tiny town of his birth. By the time he came to America in 1972, with $100 in his pocket, not speaking a word of English, he had clocked thousands of miles throughout the Middle East and Europe, singing for his supper.