MEET NSA

TOM DUARTE
(Bass)

A native of Tiverton, RI, Tom was born in July 1953. He was introduced to acapella when he was 21 after years of constant coaxing by his two uncles Enoch and Joshua Duarte. He joined the New Bedford, MA, Chapter Harpoon Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus. Tom greatly credits his two uncles for being the driving force that got him started.

Tom relocated his singing career joining Providence, RI Chapter Narragansett Bay Chorus. There he formed a quartet called Uptown Express with his brother Paul, and friends Don Morin, and Carl Becker. Their quartet became Regional Novice Champs while competing for the first time.

In 1983, Tom was introduced to the members of North Shore. In ‘86 he was asked to audition for the position of bass vocal with the group. This position was vacated by Bobby Crowley who started with the group in 1979. Tom joined and he stayed for the next nine years. Tom left the group in 1995 to raise his sons, Thomas and Mason, returning the reigns to the original North Shore bass man, Bobby Crowley.

In 2004, Tom stepped in for Bobby during the Christmas season, giving Bobby some quality time with his family. Unfortunately he fought and lost a battle with mesothelioma.  Tom then returned to acappella and North Shore full-time once again. "Now I'm in, and I can't get out!"

Tom resides in Tiverton, RI, with his wife Julia, son Max, and stepchildren Jamie and Ben.  Tom is a woodturner by trade since 1981 and owns his own woodturning business Custom Woodturning.

"Life is full, and I intend to keep it that way" - Tommy Duarte


STEVE GAMBALE
(Tenor)

Steve Gambale's roots in acappella are deep. Growing up in the North End of Boston, his early years were spent singing with friends on the street corners and echo chambers of the neighborhood.

Steve started singing professionally in 1980 when Street Magic (Acappella) was formed. He joined North Shore Acappella in May of 2018.

Steve credits Jazz, R&B, Classical, and The Great American Songbook to be some of his favorite musical genres.

When he's not singing with NSA, Steve loves spending quality time with his family, especially his three grandchildren. He also enjoys beach time and sunsets with his lady, Vickie, and their pup Charlie.

"I'm very grateful to God for all the blessings in my life." - Steve Gambale


JIMMY MARTIN
(Tenor)

Jim Martin was born in Lynn, MA. His vocal career was inspired by listening to his father's old records. Imitating such singers as Jackie Wilson, Tony Williams of The Platters, and The Temptations has given Jimmy a solid foundation of his own style. "I fell in love with voices singing harmony the first time I heard them." His greatest musical influence is Sam Cooke, whom Jim believes was the greatest singer that ever lived. He sang with the rhythm and blues band World Premier, along with other groups before joining North Shore Acappella in 1995.

Jim is a devoted Christian and family man. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Vivian and his children Sheleah, Sarsha, James, Samuel, and Gabriel.


VINNY STRACCIA
(Baritone)

Vinny grew up in Boston's colorful Italian North End neighborhood. His love of singing came from listening to records his father would bring home. Vinny sang in his school choir and was also influenced by listening to an older neighborhood group called The Delphonics singing harmony. Vinny "borrowed" the Delphonics' name and started his own street corner group. Their first paying gig - $5.00 each - was at the Rose Coffee House in the North End.

Upon returning from Vietnam in 1969, Vinny joined soul group The Betterway which included Bobby Crowley, Tommy Fleming, Jimmy Martini, and Richie Willis. In 1975 Vinny, Bobby, and Guy Chiapponi formed Breakaway which quickly became one of New England's premier disco show bands.

In 1980 Vinny's baritone became one of the original voices of North Shore Acappella along with Bobby Crowley, Guy Chiapponi, Maureen Vadala and Richie Willis. Sadly, Bobby passed away in 2004.

Vinny’s passion for singing has been influenced by Earl Carrol (The Cadillacs), Al Johnson (The Unifics), Eddie Levert (The O’Jays’), Ollie Woodson (The Temptations), and Donny Hathaway.


DENNIS TAYLOR
(Tenor/Baritone)

Dennis Taylor is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist hailing from the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston. At just 25 years of age, he already has over a decade of performing experience under his belt.

Dennis has enjoyed a successful solo career that has allowed him to perform all around New England, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and internationally in Europe and The U.K. An avid listener and collector of Soul Music, Dennis' vocals are influenced by R&B greats such as Walter Jackson, Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross, and Phil Perry, among others.

As a child, Dennis was introduced to the sounds North Shore Acappella and developed a love for vocal harmony. In June of 2015, Dennis became a "sixth member" of NSA, filling in when needed. After the passing of longtime NSA member, Paul Lopes, in July of 2017, Dennis was asked to become a full-time member of the group.

He is so delighted to now be a part of the group he idolized so much.