Alina Brunetti
United Kingdom, Greater Manchester

About Alina Brunetti

“I was not brought up in a musical family and the only way I was going to
achieve success was to believe in myself and put my nose to the grind-
stone, work very hard and learn about an industry I knew nothing about. I
learnt many mistakes along the way, but believe this has made me a much
stronger person and an overall better artist.”

Born on the 5th March, Jacqui Holt grew up in the small ... read more

About Alina Brunetti

“I was not brought up in a musical family and the only way I was going to
achieve success was to believe in myself and put my nose to the grind-
stone, work very hard and learn about an industry I knew nothing about. I
learnt many mistakes along the way, but believe this has made me a much
stronger person and an overall better artist.”

Born on the 5th March, Jacqui Holt grew up in the small town of Rochdale,
Lancashire, the very same town as the famous Soul sensation, Lisa Stans-
field, with whom she became friends. Jacqui also worked with the
comedian Bobby Ball at the Braces Nightclub in Rochdale, which has now
been demolished. Jacqui and Lisa, while in a school production recorded
some of the songs from ‘SCHITZOPHRENIA’ at the famous Tractor Music/
Cargo Studios/Suite 16 in Rochdale, where the likes of Joy Division and other
famous bands have previously recorded. Jacqui was also a member of the
famous Debrose Ladies Choir, Rochdale Infirmary Players and Rochdale Amateur Dramatics Society.

Jacqui had a two year contract with Swedish Management/Label, Billberg Entertainment Ltd/Twaang Records, which she ended in January 2014.
Jacqui has recently finished working with a DJ/Producer on two tracks for a collaborative album, recording and putting her vocals/lyrics to Dance/Trance music beats. This has been a challenge for her due to the fact that it is a new genre that she hasn’t really visited in the past. She Stated that:

“The Music Industry is forever changing and you cannot stay within the music era you were born. Versatility in my opinion is the way to branch out very easily into all musical genres. Too many artists today have only learnt to sing one genre, which limits them to that genre. If they become successful artists in that one genre, then that is brill, but I feel this will be a very small percentage. I enjoy the challenge of learning new music genres.”

Jacqui's album ‘FREE SPIRIT’ which was
completed in December 2011 has been distributed and on sale globally.
This album was written, produced and funded by herself, which was a
struggle considering she has not performed live for many years. The album is
very different from the material she usually sings. A natural powerhouse
vocalist, Jacqui struggled to keep her powerful vocals under control whilst
recording this album.

The song ‘FOREVER MINE’ (feat. Robin Maughan)
from her album has recently been played on (expired link) Radio Birmingham. The song ‘UPON REFLECTION’ also from her album has already been played on rotation at Butterflies Radio, which is based in Florida and Australia, also on rotation at ImsRadio, which covers the InStore retail chain and was the world favourite on her Reverbnation page.
The song ‘FREEDOM’, also from her album was listened to by BBC Manch-
ester producers, but unfortunately did not receive airplay. The song was also on hold for a long time with Holly Steeles management in America.

“The album is a lyrical wonder, a lament of deep emotion. Most topical on
matters of the heart and very touching. The impression given is that her
soul was singing and the lyrics coming straight from her heart. It is
peppered with grief and sadness, which provokes very strong emotions in
the listener.” (Aisha Shah)

Jacqui then decided to contact the FEEL GOOD CAFÉ EMPORIUM in Rochdale
where she did her first live performance in many years, in January 2013, singing some of her favourite covers and original songs from her album. In February 2012, Jacqui was invited to audition in front of the judges in Birmingham for ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, the day before she was to sign with her then Management. In October 2010, Jacqui was offered a 5 year recording contract with a Label in Milton Keynes, but decided not to sign after seeking advice from Martin at Gracielands studio, which is owned by Lisa Stansfield.

In October 2009, Jacqui decided to produce, record and fund her own covers
album called ‘ALL COVERED UP’. She initially recorded 6 tracks at
Gracielands studios in Rochdale. After recording the 6 tracks, Jacqui decided that she did not like the direction and shape the songs were taking. They were starting to sound over-produced, and her intention was to have the songs sound as vocally natural as possible, so they could be re-created at a live performance.

In December 2009, Jacqui then went to Studio Studio Recording in Whitworth
Rochdale, where she started to record her covers album again from scratch.
She originally recorded 22 tracks, but chose only 18 for the completed album.

“I specifically stated that I did not require the use of auto-tuning, Cubase or
Pro-tools on my album. I had one track out of the 18, subtly double-tracked,
but echo, reverb and delay were used on all my tracks”.

She recorded a lot of different songs from different genres to show the
versatility of her vocals and that her voice could adapt to different styles.
Jacqui’s cover album ‘ALL COVERED UP’ was completed in 2010. This album
was also produced and funded by herself.
Jacqui’s goal now, is to work with her Producer, with the view to
promoting and selling her ‘FREE SPIRIT’ album and the dance/trance tracks, produced and recorded, which she hopes will eventually hit the mainstream charts.

In December 2005, Jacqui appeared on the X Factor live final, along with 9
other unsuccessful auditionees, singing a line each from ‘MY WAY’ by Frank
Sinatra. This was a great experience and gave her an insight into singing live
on television. In 2004, Jacqui completed her BTEC National Certificate in
Music Practice at the Oldham College, Lancashire, covering everything from
music technology to putting a band together from scratch and performing live
at the Grange Arts Theatre in Oldham, Lancashire. Jacqui gained a double
grade distinction distinction for this course.

In 1999, Jacqui appeared on the Trisha Show as a Celine Dion look/sound-
alike, where an audience member requested that she sang a few lines of the
the ‘Titanic’ song.
‘This was a great experience and my first real taste of live television’.

Jacqui’s natural talent manifested itself at the age of 7, when she did her
first live performance on Blackpool Pier, with her younger sister singing ‘It’s
a good ship lollipop’. At the age of 8, she joined the school choir. At the age
of 10, she watched ‘Opportunity Knocks’ and was very much influenced by
the young Lena Zavaroni to pursue a career in music. Jacqui’s father bought
her Lena Zavaroni’s first vinyl LP and she learnt that once she could
reproduce the big vocals, she knew what she wanted to be. Although Jacqui
had this powerful vocal talent, her parents could not support her in the way
they probably would have liked, due mainly to the lack of financial resources,
but this did not deter her and made her even more determined to pursue her

Jacqui grew up with musical influences, such as, the Beach Boys, the
Stylistics, the Original Platters, the Three Degrees, Michael Jack-
son, Demis Roussos, Abba etc. but none of these really influenced her music-
ally or vocally. She was more influenced by the big powerhouse vocalists of
the time such as, Shirley Bassey, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine
Dion, Leann Rimes and more recently, Charice, Jessie J and Demi Lovato.
From the age of 13, she was writing her own lyrics, which she still has today.
At the age of 14, Jacqui’s mum entered her into a local talent competition,
where she came 2nd. After her performance, her mum was approached by the
concert secretary, who told her that Jacqui would be brilliant with a big
orchestra behind her. To this day, she has yet to experience singing with a
big orchestra.

At the age of 15 Jacqui had a residency at a local venue called ‘The Lamp-
Lighters Club, under the stage name of Jay C. She was also singing in various
pubs and clubs throughout the Northwest. Jacqui had an agent at that time,
but due to a bad experience, she decided to embark on getting her own gigs,
which was most certainly a big challenge.

At the age of 18, while singing in Dukes Nightclub, where she worked behind
the bar and did a resident spot on a Thursday evening, she was approached
by Paul from Pennine Sound Studios in Oldham, Lancashire to put her vocals
down on some cover songs by Brenda Lee. Unfortunately, Jacqui was full of a
cold on the day of the recording, so the vocal quality was not very good.

In her early 20’s Jacqui then decided to join a local band called ‘DRIVE BY
NIGHT’, which she had to audition for. The band covered many songs by
different artists, such as Bruce Springsteen, Feargal Sharkey, Alison Moyet
etc. After a few years of doing the club circuit, Jacqui decided to give it up
because she did not want to be known as a club/cabaret singer. She was looking more at becoming a singer/lyricist/recording artist.

Throughout her music career, Jacqui has auditioned for a lot of talent shows
such as ‘Opportunity Knocks’, ‘Tiswas’, ‘Star for a Night’, ‘Britain’s Got
Talent’, X Factor etc.

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Happy New Year.

Hi to all my wonderful fans and subscribers.
Just to say that I hope you all had a lovely Christmas/Happy Holiday and looking forward to a brighter 2020.
Just a big thank you for all your lovely comments this year and I'm very happy that you have all enjoyed my music.
Looking forward to doing some new songs in 2020 and hope you will join me on my journey.
Thank you all again
lots of love from Alina (formerly Jacqui Stephens). I may go back to my old musical name because it is how most people know me. Let me know what you think. xxxxxxxx

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2017 Update.

Hi to all my fans.
Just an update on what I have been up to lately. I am currently trying to promote the Syrian charity CD and had a meeting and interview on how this can be achieved. I am still working on my third album but, taking longer than I expected and I am sure it will be worth the wait.
Below is a list of places I've had my songs played:
Ask the Question Show with Alan Johnson 16th April : My song 'FREEDOM' was played on this show.
The John Kavanagh Review Show 29th March : My song 'BECAUSE' was played on this show.
Radioshowbyalanjohnson : My song 'BECAUSE' was played on this show.
The Tulika show (Seattle, America) 25th March : My song 'BECAUSE' was played on this show.
The Tulika show (Seattle, America) 22nd March : My song 'BECAUSE' was played on this show.
Defiant Radio (Greater Manchester) 16th February : My song 'FREEDOM' was played on this show.
My song 'Freedom' was played in Seattle, America on the Tulika Show.
Women of Substance Radio and Podcast in America: : My song 'FREEDOM' has been chosen to be played as part of the 'Music of Conscience' series in America.
Recording various cover songs at Rockdale Recordings. : Vocals and video.
Vibe Radio Station - recorded some jingles for the station.

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Hi to all my loyal fans.
Just an update to let you know where I am at.
I am still in the middle of my new album 'Mixed Emotions'.
My two songs 'Freedom' and 'Because' have been picked for airplay on the 'Women of Substance' radio station and Podcast in America. 'Freedom' will be played for the 'Honouring America' series from the 1st July for 1 whole month and 'Because' will be played on rotation on the radio and podcast from the 13th June.
Will keep you all posted with further updates.
Thanks again for your support.
Love to you all
Jacqui Stephens xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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New Album and charity single/video.

Hi to all my loyal fans.
I am currently still working on my third album 'Mixed Emotions' which is a mixture of songs portraying different emotions throughout my life. I am also producing a charity single for the Syrian refugee crisis along with a video. The song is called 'Children of Syria'. I will keep you all posted and send you the link once it has been completed.
Hope you are all doing well with whatever projects you are involved in musically.
Thanks and love to you all.
Jacqui xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Thank you to all my fans.

Hi All. Thank you for all your continued support. I have just returned back from my annual holidays and will be back in the studio soon. I have two tracks written musically and lyrically and hoping to work on them first. I have recorded a couple of cover songs too.
Love to you all.
Jacqui. xxxx

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