About Us

All of the songs on the album were written by Candido Bretto, of Marshfield, MA. Candido was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and is the father of amazing 27-year-old Boston violin maker Marcus Bretto, also a multi-talented musician. He majored in arranging, composition, and songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston and performed in Berklee’s first-ever jazz chorus under the direction of John LaPorta. He has taught music on the South Shore at Woodward School for Girls Quincy, MA, and Bay Farm Montessori Academy in Duxbury, MA.

Candido has shared the stage with such Grammy-winning artists as Brad Paisley, Maurice Starr producer of the New Kids on the Block and The New Edition, Sib Hashian, Barry Goudreau of the rock band Boston, and Kenny Loggins.

Locally Mr. Bretto has performed at the Massachusetts Republican Convention, Governor Charlie Baker’s Pre-Inaugural Party, Mayor Marty Walsh, for Big Papi and Mark Wahlberg at the Boston Police Foundation, former Hockey Hall of Fame Boston Bruin – Bobby Orr, Boston Harborfest twice, former Boston Mayor Thomas Mennino, Figawi Charity Ball – Cape Cod’s biggest fundraiser twice, Boston Children’s Hospital Fundraiser, the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum, Tolman MDA Telethon Hingham, Quincy Police DARE, Hingham Firefighters, the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester, Children’s Hospital Fundraiser, and has sung on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno stage as part of pre-show entertainment.

Currently, Candido is the bass guitarist and singer with Johnny Drama and his Funky Entourage from A&E’s reality show Wahlburgers. The reality show’s co-star, Johnny “Drama” Alves, a Plymouth MA native, graciously offered his private studio for the student’s May 2019 recording sessions. Wahlburgers is a reality show based on the family-owned restaurant of actors Mark Wahlberg and Donny Wahlberg. Candido has been in the Boston wedding and events industry for many years and performs regularly with the band Brandy.

The album features the orchestration talents of recent Berklee College of Music graduates from South Korea, Haegal (Joongwon) Hwang, Sowon Lim, and JongHa Kang. Also recent Berklee graduates from Japan, musicians Yuki Kodama on acoustic bass and Yuki Monolog Kanesaka and Yohei Kambe on drums.

Also featured on the album is renowned New York City jazz guitarist <a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=”Rick Howard. (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rickhoward” target=”_blank”>Rick Howard.</a> <a rel=”noreferrer noopener” href=”https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rickhoward” target=”_blank”>Click here</a> to hear Rick’s new album <a rel=”noreferrer noopener” href=”https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/rickhoward” target=”_blank”>”Lil’ Noir”</a>. Rick Howard performed with me on stage in Naples, FL at D’Amico’s Continental.

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Link Montana and the Rough Riders.

Performing at Campiello’s, Naples, FL for the Naples Winter Wine Festival with “Link Montana and the Rough Riders”
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Lou Cataldo – Drums, Michael Goods – keyboardist for Grammy winner Aaron Neville, Bruce Maclean – Guitar and Candido Bretto – Bass.

With Trez Gregory and guitarist Rick Howard.

At the world-renowned D’Amico’s The Continental in Naples, FL with guest singer Trez Gregory, formerly with Grammy-winning country artist Brooks and Dunn.