America’s Got Talent (AGT) may be well into its 15th season but if you have been following every bit of it, you will readily remember the popular face of Sal Valentinetti from the 11th season. Sal is a jazz singer who got his start in the arena when he emerged as one of the top ten finalists in the 11th season of the show. But that wouldn’t be his first attempt to shine.
Valentinetti had previously auditioned to be on season 14 of American Idol but didn’t even make the cut, let alone appear before the judges. All the while, this hardworking, talented singer lived his days as a delivery man around New York. But when the opportunity came knocking, he didn’t hesitate and now, the jazz singer’s emergence to the limelight has roused curiosity about his life, both personal and professional.
Growing Up, Sal Valentinetti Never Considered He Would Thread The Path Of Music
Sal Valentinetti was born in Long Island, New York, USA, on 26 August 1995. Being a newcomer to fame, not too many details are known about his family background but he is not an only child as the singer once wished his sister happy siblings day on Instagram. Besides, it is common knowledge that the blossoming music star spent a better part of his formative years in the small town of Bethpage, New York. There, he acquired higher academic qualifications from St. John’s University, New York, though his course of study is not known. He is Italian and proud of his heritage, especially with singers like Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Vic Damone backing it up.
Valentinetti actually owes the discovery of his passion for crooner-type music to his grandmother Tina Valentinetti. Growing up, the singer and his grandma would together listen to tracks by legends such as Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, and Frank Sinatra. For this, the jazz singer considers his grandmother his hero who gave him his start at a successful music career and still remembers her dearly though she passed away a long time ago.
As Sal puts it, he never really considered himself as someone who would pursue a career in music. All he did was love it. Besides, as he thought, he never had a great singing voice until he was 15.
He Was First Encouraged To Sing By His Music Instructor
It all began when Sal Valentinetti was taking music lessons under an instructor, Dr. Joseph Merke, who asked him to choose a song to practice with. Without much ado, the young artist chose Bobby Darin’s Mack The Knife, and when he began singing, his instructor got startled by the uniqueness and quality of Valentinetti’s voice.
Thus, it was the instructor who discovered this hidden talent and encouraged the teenager to pursue a career in music; he also recommended that he take singing lessons. Luckily for young Valentinetti, he got the unflinching support of his family who embraced his decision right from the start and gave him all the support he needed to succeed in his chosen path.
Sal Valentinetti’s First Shot At Fame Was Unsuccessful
Perhaps Sal Valentinetti’s first shot at a music career was in 2015 when he auditioned for the 14th season of American Idol; a singing competition that helped launch the careers of singers such as Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood, and Kelly Clarkson. Besides which beginner wouldn’t want to audition for one of the top-rated television shows in the country?
However, Valentinetti managed to scale through the audition stage, but couldn’t reach the live shows. Not one to back down too quickly, he continued to root for other opportunities while honing his jazz singing skills.
He Was Shot To Fame On The Set Of The 11th Season Of AGT
An opportunity came calling a year later when the auditions for the 11th season of AGT began in 2016. Every season, AGT draws various participants from around the world, especially the US, who come to display a variety of talents; singing, stunts, comedy, magic, and many more. Participants who scale through the auditions are then moved to live episodes in which they stand to compete with each other to make the finals. Each season ends with a winner who receives a huge cash prize, a contract, and of course, a chance to headline their own show.
At the time of the auditioning, Valentinetti was working as a delivery man, but he decided to take his chances and enlisted for the auditions where judge Heidi Klum gave him a Golden Buzzer for his version of My Way; this became a most-watched online video racking well above 350 million views. Sal later performed a duo with Klum, singing Santa Baby.
It was really a life-changing experience for the young crooner as he progressed through the stages. The then 20-year-old college student practically knocked out the judges and the viewing public by singing Frank Sinatra’s My Way. Although he didn’t take home the grand prize, Sal Valentinetti’s emergence among the first ten contestants increased his popularity in America by a wide margin.
Sal Valentinetti’s Life After AGT Is Proof He’s On The Right Path
Since his AGT stint, the exceptional jazz singer has been performing around the country. Plus, he sold out shows back at home at The Paramount in Huntington, and the Patchogue Theatre. He also appeared on other shows such as The Grindhouse Radio; a TV series featuring current news, events, pop culture, and many more.
He made an appearance on a segment of the NBC morning show Guys Tell All when he let on that he is an old school type of guy. Sal’s voice has also been heard in various radio programs. The Jazz singer has dropped a six-song record called The Voice. His best time of the year is Christmas and he is known to compile beautiful Christmas songs.
Of late, Sal Valentinetti found himself reprising his AGT experience through the show America’s Got Talent: The Champions (2019). Not with fresh contestants this time but with past winners, finalists, and other notable participants from the entire “Got Talent” franchise. They competed to win the $25,000 grand prize. Today, the singer is known and admired worldwide as “Sal the Voice.”
In case you are wondering, Sal Valentinetti does have a girlfriend, her name is Allie Cornachio. Allie also hails from Long Island and is a nursing student at Long Island University. During her high school days, she was voted Biggest Flirt.
The Singer Is Worth Around $3 Million
As of early 2019, sources revealed that Sal Valentinetti’s net worth stands at over $3 million. Much of his earnings come from his successful music career. With more shows and deals coming in, that number has been on a steady rise.