• Pittsburgh native talks about performing with Beyonce during halftime show

    By: Carly Noel


    PITTSBURGH - Everyone has been talking about Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show, but did you know that Pittsburgh native Theresa Flaminio “DANiiVORY” rocked the keys during the diva’s performance?

    “All I could think was ‘Is this a dream? Someone is going to pinch me, and I’ll wake up.’ From the smell of hotdogs and beer to the roar of thousands upon thousands to the glow of little blue lights floating like dust fairies all around the stadium, walking on that field was like an out of body experience,” said Flaminio.

    The instrumentalist and singer-songwriter graduated from North Allegheny High School before attending Miami University of Ohio.  Flaminio did post graduate work at Duquesne University and was awarded a talent scholarship from Berklee College of Music.

    She has since toured with Cee Lo Green and other artists and groups.

    “I just finished a world tour with Korean Pop Sensation, 2NE1, and am about to head out on another world tour with Beyonce," she said.  "I am also working on my solo DANiiVORY project, where I sing and play piano among other instruments."

    Flaminio describes her music as pop-urban with a classic Motown touch.   

    “I am also musical directing and playing bass, keys, singing background vocals for my all female girl original band, Miss President. Miss President is a spinoff of Cee Lo's all-female backing band, Scarlet Fever,” she explained.

    While Flaminio has worked on a number of exciting projects, her halftime performance was extra special.

    “I was immediately filled with a feeling of humbleness and gratitude that all the hard work over the years for not only Beyonce, her team, myself, the crew and all the performers for the halftime show but for the players, coaches and all of their families and supporters as well,” said Flaminio. 

    Flaminio raved about working with Beyonce and looks forward to the upcoming tour with her.

    “Working with Beyonce is truly an amazing experience. Beyonce represents everything that I hope to accomplish someday.  She sets an example to me not only as an artist but as an exemplary human being.  She is dedicated to her craft, driven, disciplined, professional, humble, a perfectionist, such a hard worker yet has so much fun while she does it.  Even though my journey working with her just began in December, I have already learned so much from watching and listening to her. She has an impeccable work ethic and she deserves every bit of success she has accomplished. I'm very blessed and proud to be working with her,” said Flaminio.

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