The monster successes of Exposé lead Gioia to perform extensively on 3 major world tours. Gioia was also seen on many television programs during this time, with such credits as The Arsenio Hall Show, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, Byron Allen, MTV (Guest VJ), VH1 (Guest VJ) and a CBS Special with Dick Clark at Radio City Music Hall. After her departure from Exposé, Gioia took time to recover from an inoperable benign throat tumor and raise her daughter Brianna. Gioia could barely speak for more than 3 years and doctors informed her she would never sing again. After 5 years of therapy, meditation and faith in God the tumor disappeared and Gioia did indeed begin to sing again.
As co-founder and artistic director, Gioia opened and co-managed the West Broward Performing Arts Academy in the Miami area and began to explore her passion for writing and music production. Gioia wrote and produced a rock album with John Thomas and the group WET. She toured and rocked houses across the U.S as the group's lead singer. During this period Gioia met and began writing with Ritchie Supa (co-writer of “Pink” Aerosmith) they spent some time writing together and eventually Supa introduced Gioia to Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi. Gioia was invited to tour with Sambora's band, singing and playing percussion, with numerous concerts and television appearances such as The Late Show with David Letterman.
Today, Gioia is back on stage as a solo artist, doing it her own way, touring nationally and reconnecting with her loyal fans plus new ones from around the world. Off to a great start, Gioia's first solo release, FREE TO BE, became an underground club anthem that received favorable notice from Billboard. The song was written for her good friend and a relative who passed away from AIDS.
When word got out about Gioia's track FROM THE INSIDE, one by one, up-and-comers Mike "DaMooch" Mucci, Twisted Dee, Sweden's D-Wave, Grammy® Award Winner E Smoove and legendary DJ Junior Vasquez jumped on board to lend their master remixing talents to the track. Remixes were also featured on various compilations.
“From The Inside” (Junior Vasquez remix) was featured on the Showtime television series “Queer As Folk” in April 2003 as well as being on the “Queer As Folk III” soundtrack. Gioia’s new single, “From The Inside” was released in September 2003 on Koch Records.
Gioia, thrilled about her return to the spotlight, has finished her much-anticipated full-length album and is now making the music her soul has been singing for years. Koch Records which will be releasing her full length album July 13th 2004. The first single, “Be Mine” written by Drew Sessa, Charlie Pennachio and Gioia, is out and ready to break. Listen for remixes by DJ Strobe and more….