PHOTO: Chelsea Ferranola and TJ Ferranola
KEYPORT, NJ – TJ Ferranola was born in Staten Island, son of Staten Island fireman, Tom Ferranola and Staten Island teacher, Lisa Ferranola. TJ loved sports as much as he loved music. All while practicing to be the best quarterback Staten island Tech has ever known ..he also practiced piano & guitar daily and was playing bass in the school band. Well,practice does make perfect, because TJ took Staten Island Tech to 2 city championships in 2010 and 2011 as a 5’6 quarterback with a lot of heart.
After graduating in 2012, he took his love of music to a new level. He formed the band” Mercury and the Architects” and even his sister, Chelsea Ferranola a graduate of Laguardia High School of the Arts. Chelsea is an extremely talented artist and musician and is the keyboard player in the band.
What is interesting is that you would never expect this All American kid to be an extremely talented rapper. The genre of the music is an eclectic journey from ballads to rap.
PHOTO: The Ghost That Haunts My Castle album cover.
TJ and his band have played at The Bitter End numerous times ( same place Lady Gaga and Bob Dylan played at) along with Webster Hall and other venues. Today, they have released their first ever album, which was produced by Mark Christensen a 2 time grammy award winner of the Engine Room Studios and also worked on albums such as 50 cent, Boyz to Men, Alicia Keys and so many more.
TJ also gives back to the community as he has introduced his “Living to Inspire “ program that the takes to grammar schools with his sister, Chelsea to talk to kids about living their dream. Tj and his family recently moved to Keyport NJ and when they have free time , participate at Espresso Joes weekly open mike as they like to meet the community.
TJ is currently represented for film and tv and theatre by bicoastal talent agency- Affinity Artists- Recently auditioned for “Empire” television show as a rapper and is represented by The Lynne Experience talent agency for live musical performances.