The Skonnie Music Story
Skonnie is a progressive metal band created by Connie “CoCo” Yerbic and Sal Moretta. Skonnie Music’s current and future projects include not only song and album releases, but actively promoting music to inspire, enrich, and help and support those vulnerable or with medical needs.
In 2018, Skonnie signed with UMG partner record label Sonorous Records for an immediate upcoming release. Skonnie Music was born out of a love of music and a desire to make a positive difference via music in new and unique ways.
It’s not often that veteran musicians leave their band in advance of the public release of a highly-anticipated album they were instrumental in creating, (Sal the main guitarist and songwriter, and Connie, vocals and album lyricist,) yet Connie Yerbic and Sal Moretta chose to do exactly that in order avoid endless band drama, and to uphold and maintain their professional integrity and personal sense of musical purpose. Together Sal and Connie created Skonnie, a rock/metal music band based in Connie’s hometown San Francisco, but appealing to music fans everywhere.
Skonnie features original music compositions and the insane “pyrotechnic” guitar antics of Salvatore (Sal) Moretta, combined with the unique vocals, imaginative lyrics, and flute of Connie (Coco) Yerbic.
Skonnie Music is the perfect meeting of two musicians of diverse backgrounds and interests, who enjoy a mutual love for exhilarating guitar solos, powerful metal riffs and haunting melodies, along with a vision for the creation of a variety of traditional albums and innovative music ventures together.
In his youth, Sal first played keyboards before a good friend encouraged him to try guitar. Sal found he had a natural, all-encompassing passion for the guitar and never looked back. Sal spent considerable time each day focusing on truly becoming proficient in every aspect of classical, acoustic, and especially electric guitar. Soon he was immersed in the music of Malmsteen, spending hours mastering Malmsteen’s Neoclassical style and legendary solos. He has also been influenced by other guitar greats, among them Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai, Satriani, and John Petrucci. In his teens, Sal began to develop his own style, and now Sal Moretta’s unmistakable solos, melodies, and recognizable sound gives Skonnie Music its musical personality. Sal has three studio albums under his belt, has mentored other guitarists, and served as the regional guitar instructor of an area school district, for which he also arranged student recitals and public performances. Sal enjoys mixing songs in Skonnie Music’s studio, and is very knowledgeable on amp tone to obtain the best sound for each song.
Connie Yerbic’s journey as a musician ranges from her classical training to interest in various musical genres. As a young girl, Connie was interested in playing the drums, but that was not an option at her particular school. This turned out to be fortunate. She studied the flute from the age of 9, studied music theory at a well-known Boston college, and trained in Salzburg, Austria exclusively under a master flutist. Connie’s professional music journey began as she filled in for the lead singer of a Boston rock band, permanently replacing her after the show, having a blast touring in such unforgettable locations ranging from Red Rocks and Boston in the USA to the Czech Republic and Italy. Connie enjoys experimenting with innovative vocals and demonstrating the versatility of the flute while also applying her creativity and love of writing to her songwriting and vocals.
Both Sal Moretta and Connie Yerbic have professional recording studio and album experience, including working together on the creation of their band’s VEVO video, and recording albums in professional recording studios, working with Alberto Cutolo and Jack Garufi in Massive Arts Studios (30 Seconds to Mars, Lacuna Coil), and most recently, Johan Ornborg (Orphaned Land, James LeBrie) and Jens Bogren, (Arch Enemy, At the Gates, James LeBrie) at Fascination Street Studios.
Skonnie Music connecting with our fans in concert
Recording time at Fascination Street Studios
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