Born in Chicago and growing up in a family of musicians and artists, DeGenova began playing piano at age four and spent his childhood studying classical piano, the jazz and blues of his hometown, and the pop music of The Beatles and Stevie Wonder. By age 15 he was playing professionally in jazz and blues clubs on Chicago’s South Side. His prodigious talents led him to study at Berklee College of Music in 2005 where he trained further with jazz piano great Danilo Perez.
After forming his funky alternative soul group Cole DeGenova & The Peoples Republic with fellow Berklee students, they released their first album JUST PEOPLE AGAIN in 2009. Three years later, and after thousands of miles of road covered, he released his second album, ANOTHER COUNTRY, summer of 2012; an inspired culmination of lessons learned on the road, soulful melodies, and the infectious grooves of his band.
Along with performing, Cole is also a co-founder and organizer for the Chicago based artist collective The Gala. His song "Hollywood Girl" was also chosen as a Finalist in the 2015 American Songwriting Awards.
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