You might not expect Dominique Arciero of pop/country sensations the Lunabelles to be a music industry veteran at the ripe old age of 23, but that’s exactly what she is.
“I’ve been performing with my sisters since I was 13,” the keyboardist and vocalist tells us from her adopted home of Nashville, Tennessee, where she’s currently living, writing, and recording. “I formed a band with my sisters when we were just teenagers. Later, we did a tour with the Jonas Brothers, and ended up playing a lot of clubs in New York City, like the Bitter End and other singer/songwriter rooms. That was really the beginning, and we’ve been playing, writing, and recording ever since.”
Arciero was born and raised in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia, where she started her musical education late by some standards. “I took piano lessons from age ten until 15,” she says. “I taught myself after that.” While Arciero has spent a good deal of time in her native northeast, nowadays she’s more than a little bit country.
“There was always a country component to our music,” she continues. “We always wanted to be a pop/country band. So, coming to Nashville to write and record was absolutely natural for us. We wanted to stay true to our country roots.”
Arciero, along with her sisters and fellow Lunabelles Gabriela and Olivia, is currently recording material to be shopped to major labels in the coming months. “We’re working with a producer here now on our debut record, and hope to sign to a major when the music is finished. We know what we want, and we’re going for it.”
Unlike many country acts whose keyboard component remains out of the spotlight, Arciero and the Lunabelles are proud to feature her nimble keyswork front and center. “I play guitar and mandolin as well,” she says, “but our country sound included the keyboard from the start. I’ve always focused on those country riffs, and I’ve been a fan of bands that had their keyboards out front, like Diamond Rio and Sawyer Brown.”