Jerry Maniscalco is a singer-songwriter who lives in Jacksonville, Florida. His musical background comes from his time in musical theater in high school and then, later on, in the military where he a member of the United States Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club from 2003-2007. He also was a founding member of the group The Anchormen that came out of that larger outfit.
After his time in the military, Jerry Maniscalaco would go on to pursue his musical dreams with the help of the organization known as Operation: Encore, an organization that helps former military personnel realize their full potential through training. Operation: Encore then helps those individuals (such as Maniscalco) with opportunities and networking to truly begin living their dreams as real musicians.
As a live performer, Jerry Maniscalaco covers a wide array of artists in the cover songs that he plays. Among the artists he plays are: Led Zeppelin, Matchbox 20, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Oasis, Tom Petty, John Prine , Ed Sheeran, just to name a few. With this kind of musical blend, it should come as no surprise that Maniscalco’s music contains a lot of variety in the styles that are incorporated within it.
Through his time as a musician, Jerry Maniscalaco has created two releases. They include 2011’s Take What’s Left and Make it Right, 2014’s One (a four-song EP) and the newest four-song release from Maniscalaco called Bold Enough to Try.
2018’s Bold Enough to Try from Jerry Maniscalco begins with the singer-songwriter revisiting an older tune. The track “Gypsy Blood” came off of the artist’s 2011 release of Take What’s Left and Make it Right. With that album, Maniscalco created an entire album of acoustic tracks which included “Gypsy Blood”. So when the new release of Bold Enough to Try came around, it was the perfect opportunity to give the song the treatment it deserved. The new version of the track features a strong Rock and Roll feel to the track. The track finds Maniscalco creating a track that would easily have fit on any 1980s Rock and Roll station. This gives the new release from Maniscalco a strong track to begin the EP.
The newest release from Jerry Maniscalco continues with the track “Riverside”. This track features a Pop-Rock feel to the music as Maniscalco slows things down and lightens the mood. What results is a track that features a style very reminiscent of songs created by John Mayer. In fact, the vocals from Maniscalco on this track also seem to suggest Mayer. The doubling of Maniscalco’s vocals during the refrain of the song even suggests Mayer’s style. The Pop-Rock track contains a timeless feel to the music as it would have been right at home on Top 40 radio during the thirty-five to forty years.
Jerry Maniscalco has the perfect voice for doing Pop-Rock music as it has a rather commercial feel to it. And while his vocals on the previous track suggested Phil Collins, you can almost imagine Bruce Hornsby on the next track of “Don’t Kill the Messenger”. While the previous track found Maniscalco bringing the intensity of his music down quite a bit, this track brings the energy level back up if only just a bit. “Don’t Kill the Messenger” may very well be the most commercial track on the Bold Enough to Try release.
The final two tracks off of the Bold Enough to Try release are “Wake Up” and “We Are”. For those familiar with Operation: Encore, you should recognize those song titles. These two tracks were featured on the organization’s first release called Operation Encore: A Veteran Music Project. For this five-song EP, the tracks appear in their original recordings having just been remastered for the EP.
“Wake Up” is a track that features an Acoustic Rock feel to the music. While this is an original song, the track feels very much like something from the Live Stages era from the band Vertical Horizon. You can almost imagine this track playing alongside such Vertical Horizon’s songs such as “It’s Only Me” or “On the Sea”. “Wake Up” from Jerry Maniscalco has the same style and would be the perfect companion to the collection from a fan of Vertical Horizon.
Maniscalco once again takes some inspiration from Vertical Horizon on the music of the track “We Are”. Very much like “Wake Up,” the track features a laidback feel to the music. The track’s lyrics describe people going through their lives doing the same thing every day. As you listen, you can almost imagine yourself playing out one of the scenarios mentioned in the song. The song is so relatable, in fact that the organization Maniscalco belongs to, Operation: Encore has started using it as its theme song of sorts.
For a taste of the music from Jerry Maniscalco, check out the song “We Are,” which is also the theme song for Operation Encore.
For more reading about Operation Encore, check out the review for the first album, the second release of Monuments,the first review for Rachel Harvey Hill, the review for Andrew Wiscombe, the review of Steve D. Wilson, the review for The Real Doug Lane, the review for Stephen Covell, and the review for Unknown Rider by clicking on the links that are highlighted.