Praised as “One of the most talented singers to ever call Savannah home” by the Savannah Morning News, Nicholas Giovanni (Gio) Yaquinto is a singer, songwriter, and guitar player currently based out of Atlanta, Georgia. He tours full time with his Rock N Soul band ‘Edgewood Heavy,’ hosts the Smith’s Olde Bar weekly ‘Live Band Open Mic‘, and works privately as a voice & guitar teacher in Atlanta. He holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Florida State University and has been seen ons stages across the world including The Mozarteum in Salzburg Austria, The Atlanta Opera, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Opera Saratoga in New York, and many more. He is also a founding member of the Atlanta non- profit organization ‘The Grocery Spot‘ and the multi- media company ‘The Mosaic Group.’
Before founding Edgewood Heavy, Gio performed professionally in styles ranging from opera, art song, singer- songwriter, musical theatre, barbershop, jazz, and more. He released his premiere solo EP ‘Origins of the Heart‘ in 2020 and created the podcast ‘Gio’s Stream Shows‘ during the pandemic shut down of live performance. He trained as an opera singer for close to a decade, and performed professionally around the world with respected companies such as The Atlanta Opera, Seagle Music Colony in New York, The Mozarteum with Prague Summer Nights Festival in Austria & The Czech Republic, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Opera Saratoga, The Savannah Voice Festival, and many more.
The son of a Grammy nominated producer, Gio has had a rich background in many types of music. He has also found great success as a guitar and voice teacher, teaching voice at Florida State University for two years. He has also been recognized with awards at competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Casa Italia Vocal Competition, The Classical Singer Competition, and the Concours National de Chant de Marseilles in France. After receiving his Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Florida State University, Gio Yaquinto began a journey towards sharing his original music with the world. He wrote songs and honed his craft as a musician while finding success in the world of opera, but in 2019 finally put together a team to create his debut EP ‘Origins of the Heart.’