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2nd Avenue Subway Sinatra Spreads His Inspirational Message
From singing at the ING New York City Marathon to releasing a book called Don’t Die with Your Song Unsung, construction-worker-turned-singing-sensation Gary Russo has transformed what could have been a flash of fame into meaningful inspiration, 11/30/2011 - New York, NY, November 22, 2011 -- Blue-collar worker Gary Russo literally rose above the noise and heat of his subway-construction job in New York to pursue his dream of singing in public. Rather than focusing on his own fame, he has created opportunities to use his position to inspire others to pursue their dreams.

In Don’t Die with Your Song Unsung (ServingSuccess Publishing, November 2011, $15.95), a new book co-authored with Dr. Andrea T. Goeglein, he tells the story of how his life changed completely in the 31 days of August 2011. His narrative, along with Goeglein’s personal development commentary, tells readers that they don’t have to settle for where they are. “I achieved my goal of singing in public to see people smile,” reflects Russo. “Now, my goal is to help others understand that they, too, can pursue their dreams while also holding down a job and paying the bills. My message is: If I could do it, you can, too.”

Russo has taken advantage of other opportunities to sing and help others smile, dream, and know the power of love. He has been featured on National Public Radio, Good Morning America, Access Hollywood, Fox and Friends, World News Tonight with Brian Williams, the Rachael Ray Show, and Inside Edition. He has performed at New York’s premier venues including the famous Blue Note Jazz Club, Rockefeller Center, the City’s Columbus Day parade, and the ING New York City Marathon start line, where a television commentator hailed him as “a New York legend.”

A lifelong New Yorker who lives in Queens, Russo stepped onto the main stage of his life through the magic of an August 2, 2011 YouTube video. Known as the “2nd Avenue Subway Sinatra,” Gary continues to work for the Kiewit Construction Company while also pursuing his signing, speaking, and writing careers.

Andrea T. Goeglein, PhD, aka Dr. Success®, is founder, curator, and author of the Don’t Die, Small Book, Big Impact personal development series. As an expert in Positive Psychology, she translates true stories into actionable inspiration. A media personality, Andrea frequently appears on KAZ-TV’s AM Arizona; she has also appeared on the Rachael Ray show and on major radio networks across the nation.

Don’t Die books make affordable, high-impact gifts that convey support and encouragement. They are available for purchase at and at


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