The Alessi Brothers Biography
Billy & Bobby Alessi make up a recording act known as The Alessi Brothers, or Alessi (a.k.a. Barnaby Bye). Alessi has sold over 8 million records worldwide.
Alessi has recorded 7 albums on major labels as well as 5 independent releases and most recent on the Home Of Jazz label, a live DVD "All Our Life" and a CD with 12 songs, "Pure Alessi". Also re releasing their first A&M album Alessi titled "Special Edition" and most recently releasing their 12th. album titled "Two Of Us". They will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame in October 2012. The Alessi Brothers have enjoyed sales in the US as well as all over the world. Alessi toured with Andy Gibb on his Shadow Dancing Tour, which was the highlight of Gibb's career.
Over the years Alessi has arranged, produced, and/or written releases for many artists including Sir Paul McCartney, Deborah Gibson, Frankie Valle, Richie Havens, Olivia Newton John, and Christopher Cross. Alessi's songwriting and performing has been placed in such films as, "The Main Event," starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal, and "Ghost Busters", starring Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver which earned them a Grammy nomination.
Both Billy and Bobby Alessi currently enjoy the excitement and status of writing many of the hottest jingle campaigns in the United States. They recently created spots for Ford ("Caught You Lookin"), Twix ("Chewy Chewy...it's all in the mix"), and the Slim Fast campaign featuring country star, Joey Dee Messina.
Billy maintained the Diet-Coke theme for 14 years running and has worked with such greats as Sir Elton John, Michael McDonald and Whitney Houston. Other successes include "Kentucky-Fried Chicken", "Dr. Pepper", Sears, "Have We Got Something to Show You" and "7-Up", all household hooks known by everyone!
Bobby has also achieved great recognition in this industry by winning the National ADDY award campaign for Greyhound with B.B. King and a CLEO Award for Lifesavers with LadySmith Black Mambazo. Other familiar themes include J.C. Penny and the worldwide Blockbuster Video campaign. Also, Alessi sang background vocals for Sting on a new Disney soundtrack for "The Emperor's New Groove."
The album Alessi released in 1982 on Warner Brothers Records was originally titled "Roughen It", and for good reason. As Billy states, "We're lovers of music and can't help but write songs." With that, a compilation of "rough" demos found its way to Michael Ostin at Warner Brothers who felt it would be the perfect material for Quincy Jones' new imprint, Qwest Records. With Michael and pop star Christopher Cross at the helm, the songs would become thoroughly produced and released as the album, "Long Time Friends", featuring a duet with Patty Austin and Billy Alessi.
Released in 2003 the Alessi album, "Hello Everyone", has a different focus than anything approached before by this musical duo. This creative feat was a self-produced, self-fulfilling project. "Our goal", explains Bobby, "is to let the music speak for itself." The sound and timbre are described as "pure Alessi", melodic and progressive with strong focus on vocals. Saxophone great, Bob Magnuson, as well as guitarist, Jeff Southworth (Hall and Oates), are featured players on the track "All My Life". All material was composed by both Billy and Bobby, and shipped across the world.
"Just Like That" released in 2007 has remained on the RTL radio France playlist for more than a year and has sold out of the first pressing. The second pressing is now available.
The Alessi Brothers are preparing to release a Live DVD that was recorded at the Wakker Home Of Jazz in April of 2009 and will be released along with their new album "Pure Alessi".
With a worldwide fan base of 10 million people, The Alessi Brothers explain, "This kind of love makes you want to make more records." The talents, "Alessi", are like their melodies, timeless and ever expanding into our future.