Benedetti & daughters wows ’em in Lakeside

Johnny Weber

LAKESIDE — The Benedetti Trio performed elegantly and inspiringly at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church on March 13th as part of the church’s concert series.

The Benedetti Trio is composed of Grossmont Music Department’s Co-Chair, Fred Benedetti, playing guitar and vocals, and his two daughters Julia and Regina,  on vocals. Fred and his daughters started playing together when a manager of the former Four Seasons Hotel asked Fred if he knew any vocalists when Fred jokingly replied “well I only know my daughters.”

The Trio played everything from Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” to The Beatles “Come Together” to Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon” in what can only be described as the Benedetti twist on popular music.

Benedetti performed an eerie rendition of “The Sound of Silence” that echoed off of the walls and established a pensive feeling in the audience. His composition of over dubbed guitars stimulated the mind as well as the soul.

Julia and Regina have powerful and contemporary voices that could easily win any TV show vocal competition. Julia’s rendition of “Fly Me to the Moon” showed the more mature side of her voice and at the same time exhibited her youthful energy. Regina belted out a beautifully crafted performance of a gospel piece that demonstrated the power in her voice.

As a group you can tell that this family loves performing together. The energy and happiness comes out in their playing and in their singing. The harmonies between them while playing the Beatles “All My Loving” and Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” were pitch perfect.

The trio ended their set with a wonderful performance of “What a Wonderful World.” Their personalities came through and reached out to the audience on this final song.

If you want to catch the Benedetti Trio performing, they play at the Grand Del Mar every Thursday from 7pm-11pm. You may also visit Fred’s website at to view his full schedule.

Weber is managing editor of the GC Summit.  He may be contacted at [email protected]