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Centenary College Adjunct Professor Celebrates Three Recent Successes

10/23/2013, 11:11 AM

Hackettstown, N.J. – Centenary College adjunct Professor Joseph Coco has had three noteworthy successes recently.  First, two of his albums were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. In addition, his 43rd album, Epiphany, was recently released. Along with his successful 40-plus-album career, Coco has also found success as a visual artist. His most recent exhibit can be seen at Caffe Galleria in Lambertville, N.J., and his latest album can be purchased through Performance Records.

In April, Hindsight, Coco’s collaboration album with Roger Wayne Parr, entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the best albums to chronicle the tumultuous nature and setbacks of being a career musician. Just a few months later, in August, Coco’s 2004 Scarlet Road was also added to the museum’s music collection. Scarlet Road was cited as the first American-released album in response to the Iraq War. However, these are not the first of Coco’s works to be included in the Hall of Fame, as his 1997 Blues House - A Blues Opera was inducted as the first blues opera ever written and recorded.

Coco’s newest album, Epiphany, features the guitar and harmonica of Michele Lotta, a longtime collaborator. The album was fueled by Coco’s curiosity about fleeting moments of inspiration. Also featured on the album are acoustic bassist Justin Lee and drummer Roger Parr, Jr.

Coco has been able to establish himself as a successful visual artist as well as a musician. His artwork has been featured all over the world and his career as an artist has included 65 solo exhibitions and four international shows. In 2012, he released the Remastered Collection, an audio-visual collection of four videos that feature instrumentals he had composed to accompany his paintings and drawings. His current exhibit features 22 paintings from his Ancestral Falls and The Full Moon Series, which will run at the Caffe Galleria from 8 a.m. through 10 p.m. daily through November 25 , 2013.

Coco’s musical career has spawned 675 songs and 43 albums since 1979. Originally from Passaic, N.J, Coco lived in Arizona for 11 years and Sicily for five. He has performed in cities all over the world in prominent venues such as L.A.’s Troubadour, Switzerland’s Atlantis Club, and Rome’s Teatro Sistina, among others. It was in 1978, while opening concerts for B.B. King and Commander Cody, that Coco got his first big break. After releasing his first album, he caught the attention of Warner Bros. Music-NYC and from there he continued producing album after album and performance after performance.

“I am so pleased that Joseph Coco is a member of the Centenary community,” says Professor Carl Wallnau, Associate Professor of Theater and Chair of the Communication and Fine Arts Department.  “He is extremely accomplished and continues to produce fine visual art and music on an ongoing basis.  He is an inspiration to those who wish to enter the field.”

For more information about the Caffe Galleria, visit caffegalleria.com. 

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.