The Skonnie Music Story

Skonnie is a metal band (with some rock crossover songs,) created by Connie 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. Skonnie Music was born out of a love of music and a desire to make a positive difference via music in perhaps 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 composer, and Connie, vocals and album lyricist,) yet Connie Yerbic and Sal Moretta chose to do exactly that in order 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, a combination of Sal and Connie, 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 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 in the USA to the Czech Republic. Connie enjoys using the flute innovative ways in modern music and demonstrating the versatility of her instrument, 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, along with Alberto Cutolo and Jack Garufi (Bantamu) in Massive Arts Studios (30 Seconds to Mars), and Johan Ornborg and Jens Bogren (Arch Enemy, At the Gates) at Fascination Street Studios

Skonnie Music released the single and video, “Blue Eyes and A Smile,” in 2016. Currently  Skonnie is finalizing the song mixes for its upcoming album.

Skonnie – Blue Eyes and a Smile

Skonnie – Shred Guitar Rock Metal Music

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Band location – San Francisco California

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