Morristown singer-songwriter hopes for spontaneity ‘Onstage’

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Morristown singer-songwriter hopes for spontaneity ‘Onstage’

Morristown singer-songwriter hopes for spontaneity ‘Onstage’

Morristown singer-songwriter hopes for spontaneity ‘Onstage’

Michael Izzo , @MIzzoDR 1:22 p.m. ET Jan. 20, 2017

This is the 6th in a series of profiles highlighting the finalists of Morristown Onstage, to be held March 1 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.

MORRISTOWN – A litigation manager who doubles as a “singer-songwriter-guitarist” will take to the Mayo Performing Arts Center stage this March to perform an original song.

Steve Mauriello, 49, of Morristown, will sing “Into Your Arms,” which he wrote himself, while playing guitar.

Mauriello – who goes by the state name Steeven Mars – got his first guitar when he was 11 years old and has been hooked ever since.

“But I didn’t get serious until I was about 25,” he said. “So basically, half my life.”

Mauriello writes all of his own material.

“The song I will be performing, ‘Into Your Arms,’ has a lot of personal meaning to me,” he said. “I hope others will connect to the emotion behind it. It’s about loving someone more than yourself.”
“I have a child in the school district and our other two boys will be starting soon as well,” he said. “We believe it’s an outstanding place for our kids, so I am doing this for a great cause and for the future of the Morris Educational Foundation, which does awesome work for our community.”

Leading up to the competition, Mauriello plans to go a different route than others and try to keep his practicing to a minimum.

“I will not practice too much so as not to spoil the spontaneity of the performance,” he said. “But I will be working on other songs.”

Instead, he’ll devote that extra time to his other passion, riding his bike.

“I love riding my bike on the peaceful roads around the beautiful towns, far from the city,” Mauriello said. “I am an avid cyclist who rides 5000-plus miles per year and has quite a collection of spandex clothing.”

Mauriello said he also plans to play a short set at the South Street Creamery in February to promote his Morristown Onstage performance.

“Maybe I can try to get people to come out and support the show and pick up some new fans too,” he said. “And eat a lot of great ice cream.”

Should he win, Mauriello said he plans to donate the prize money to children’s cardiac care groups in honor of his son, Danny.

He also has a very simple reason why he deserves to win.

“I’m turning 50 in February and it would be a nice birthday present,” Mauriello said.

Following the show Mauriello plans to perform more, and write and release new music.

“I’d like to take my music to another level, whatever that means,” he said. “But first and foremost, spending quality time with my beautiful wife and our three boys. And of course, riding my bike which helps keep everything balanced in my life.”

Staff Writer Michael Izzo: 973-428-6636; mizzo@GannettNJ.com

Morristown Onstage

What: A show featuring the best amateur talent from Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains, presented by and benefiting the Morris Educational Foundation.

When: Wednesday, March 1

Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St. in Morristown.

Tickets: On sale starting Feb. 1. Prices range from $25 to $75. For information, call MPAC at 973-539-8008 or visit www.mayoarts.org.

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