Introducing LENNE, the new project with Jim Taylor, Morgan Rose, and Lenny Cerzosie Jr.
NEW SINGLE “Letting You Down” OUT NOW via IMAGEN RECORDS can be downloaded/streamed at
Back in the early 2000’s, Leonard Cerzosie Jr. started a band with his brother called The Infinite Staircase that did very well as an independent band. the band worked with artists like Earl Slick from David Bowie’s band, Candlebox, Sevendust, and even Zakk Wylde. In 2009, they scored a slot on tour with Black Label Society, Sevendust, and Dope that sealed a lot of friendships they still have to this day.
“In 2010, the love of my life passed away suddenly. Pill overdose. It was a devastating time. She was only 27. Morgan Rose and I wrote and recorded the EP, No Amends that was a dedication to my love” says Leonard Cerzosie Jr.
Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
Lenny: I’ve known Morgan since ’09. We met on a Sevendust tour. Jim and I actually met only a few years ago. We clicked right away and have been collaborating since. With “LeNNe”, the only constants are me, Jim, and Morgan. We had various musicians record with us but we’re the core of it all. That’s kind of why we didn’t go all out thinking of a band name. It’s such a personal, emotional project. We felt the name should just be plain. Simple.
What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
Lenny: My parents gave me a guitar when I was around 11. I started lessons around 12. I found it incredibly addictive. A friend of mine in junior high gave me a mix tape one day. The first song was Iron Man. First time I ever heard Sabbath. That was it for me. There have been nights when I hit the stage sick or exhausted. There’s just something about the energy that carries you through it.
So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
Lenny: We just debuted our first single “Letting You Down” under Imagen Records. It’s one of a handful of songs we’ll be releasing over the next few months. We have a video for almost each song that will follow radio releases.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
Lenny: I used to work at an animal hospital. I’m just not good with trauma. Fainted a few times. lol.
What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
Lenny: Umm.. Being single, I’ve had lady fans ask me some interesting things that may not be appropriate for this interview.
If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
Lenny: Sincerity.Jimmy: Honesty, Heart and Positivity
On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
Lenny: This is our first single under LeNNe. However, Jimmy & I have a long history of bands, projects, etc. I believe this is the culmination of all those years and experiences. So, 2,592. lol
What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
Lenny: I’ve had my hands in lots of projects over the years that I’m very proud of. This particular release is definitely one of our best overall productions.
Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
Lenny: Can always get better. Personally, I’ve learned the most from being thrown into situations with more experienced musicians.
Jimmy: Seconded, practice is one thing, but doing like old school bluegrass or jazz and being thrown into improvisations are INSANELY good.
If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
Lenny: I have a bit of social anxiety. It takes a lot of mental preparation for me to get on stage. Same time, I love it.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Lenny: Fuchsia. Just sounds cool.
Jimmy: The ones that taste good….
Who are you inspired by?
Lenny: Chris Hemsworth. Because he’s Thor.
Jimmy: People who push and work hard. And also Thor.
What’s an average day like for you?
Lenny: I spend a good portion of the day taking care of my dogs and garden. Otherwise, I practice my scales while watching cartoons.
Jimmy: Support tech for a while, exercise, PRACTICE!!! Then i make jewelry and knicknacks with my wife along to Seinfeld, Forged in Fire or anything history.
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
Lenny: Most fans become friends and vice versa. It’s always a sort of dysfunctional family reunion when we play.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Lenny: All the time.
Jimmy: Constantly! But you believe in what you do and get lost in the music!
Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
Lenny: Locally- for me- The Hammerstein Ballroom & The City Winery are 2 of my favorite NYC venues. Over the other direction in South Jersey I have a place in my heart for the Starland Ballroom. In Baltimore I love the FishHead Cantina.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Lenny: Don’t be afraid to ask but be prepared for a bunch of “No’s”. My brother used to send out a hundred emails a week and get maybe a handful of responses. It’s not about the 99 emails that were ignored. It’s about the ONE that landed you the slot on a tour or show. Then, make friends with other artists. It’s not a competition. It’s a community.Jimmy: Play with heart, be passionate, don’t forget where you came from, dont be a jerk!