Born to Rock
Sally Zito began her musical career at age 4 with classical piano concerts, and moved into jazz improvisation, and performance with several professional bands. Sally was the drummer for a heavy metal cover band and began composing while studying orchestration and arrangement with her father, composer Joseph Zito, musical arranger and conductor for Nat King Cole, among other top celebrities
The New York native, continued her musical education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she received her Bachelor’s degree. She relocated to Los Angeles and spent the next four years working as an assistant to Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated film composer, the late Michael Kamen (Lethal Weapon, Mr. Holland's Opus, X-Men, etc.) in his Los Angeles management office. Sally credits him as a personal friend whose support of her writing was instrumental.
Soon after, she met multi-platinum songwriter/recording artist Harriet Schock, (“That Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady”, “Ferris Wheel”), who mentored her song writing and introduced her to the L.A. scene from the inside out.
The Sally Zito Project was formed and met with great success. It was also during this time in Sally’s career that she met her manager, Peter Bennett, (formerly the promotion manager for the Beatles and the Rolling Stones) who introduced her as “the female Billy Joel” because of her aggressive, yet sophisticated piano playing style.
Sally and her band have been featured on the national television shows Extra and Living Large, and have received press coverage in numerous newspapers across the country, including USA Today, the New York Times, the Boston Herald, and the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition, Sally has received radio airplay across the nation and in Canada
Sally has appeared as the opening act at the Paramount Theater in Hollywood during a “Benefit For the Animals”, hosted by Paula Abdul and for such notable artists as Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Lester Chambers of The Chambers Brothers, Tony Maiden of Rufus and Chaka Kahn, Howard Scott of War, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Robbie Dupree ("Steal Away"). Additionally she has worked with Grammy and Oscar-nominated recording artist Stephen Bishop ("Separate Lives", "It Might Be You"). Additionally, she opened for the legendary Eddie Money in San Francisco for charity benefiting Strikeouts for Troops and the San Francisco Giants' Community Fund, performing alongside her brother Barry, the starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.
On the Airwaves
She has received radio airplay across the nation and in Canada, including stations all across California, in Oregon, Arizona, and in Toronto, Ontario (Canada).
Her first CD Cheap and Alive was just released and is available now on iTunes.