Eric van Aro
With his interpretation of the hit song "I'm Not Anyone," internationally acclaimed singer Eric van Aro (http://www.ericvanaro.com) adds new emotional layers to an old favorite and pays a touching tribute to the legendary entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. Starting September 14, van Aro's record label and Production Company, Eraki Entertainment, is making the new single available to music lovers as a digital track on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/im-not-anyone-feat.-fabio/id544790607), CD Baby.com (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ericvanarofeatfabiogiann) and other digital stores.
"I'm Not Anyone" was written by Paul Anka for Sammy Davis Jr. as an anthem to self-determination. In a 2007 Billboard article, Anka listed the song among his personal favorites of the works that he had created, in part because Davis was such a great friend and inspiration.
In the new interpretation, van Aro honors the song's message of independence by not being content to imitate the original. With the famed Italian pianist Fabio Gianni, he breaks the song down to its piano-and-singer foundations in order to create innovative personal touches and new depths of meaning. The new version has received high praise from many individuals in the music and radio industry with disc jockeys in the United States, United Kingdom and Italy uniformly calling it "excellent."
As a member of a family of musicians and artists that stretches back eight generations, van Aro has always felt a deep connection to musical tradition, and growing up in show business gave him the opportunity to closely observe and know many major artists. Both Anka and Davis were good acquaintances of his mother, the Italian singer Caterina Valente, who took the photograph of Sammy Davis Jr. that is featured on the record sleeve.