Judging by his definitive optimism and intoxicating music, you’d never guess that Dominic Balli was once a hopelessly tone-deaf teenager. Balli has been on the receiving end of both miracles and madness, and every emotion attached comes through on his newest album, Not For Sale. When asked about his musical roots, Balli says, “Music is a gift. And I feel like the Creator gave it to me. I mean, I went most of my life being one hundred percent musically inept, and totally unable to sing, and then one day it was like, Here. This is yours. Use it.’” And on Not For Sale, it is undeniable that Balli uses the gift and his voice to convey deep-seated emotions inspired by his past, rooted in the present, and reaching for a brighter future.
Not For Sale creates a vulnerable setting that invites the audience into Balli’s story, while each track creates insight into the listener’s own personal narrative. From the recent birth of his third child, Kingston, to the realization that his own childhood was more traumatic than he had ever allowed himself to admit, Balli delves into untapped personal depths, and the result is his most honest and humanity-filled offering yet.
From the orchestral driven and hopeful “Come That Day”, to the more whimsical, “What We Found in the Dark”, Not For Sale displays an array of musical variety, including powerful anthems like “We Are One”, “Dreamers”, and “Fly," as addicting as they are meaningful. With it’s roots-rock stomp and sing-along chorus, “No Stopping Us” exemplifies Balli’s evolution as both a writer and a human being. Balli’s only request is that you don’t stop listening until you feel the impact of the message, Not For Sale.