Meet the Band


Glenn Vignolo – Songwriter/Vocals/Lead Guitar/Rhythm Guitar/Keyboard
Pensacola native Glenn Vignolo got his taste for performing when he was coached by his sister to enter a 2nd grade school talent show. Glenn first audience consisted of 300 people – and he was hooked. Glenn’s vocal ability grew with every talent shows and choir he participated in. At the age of 12, Glenn discovered a couple of very important things that changed life as he knew it forever: ”The Beatles” and the guitar. He had already been writing poetry for a few years, so the idea of putting music to the poems intrigued him. Teaching himself the guitar, Glenn eventually became dissatisfied with lead guitarists who it seemed were more interested in the “hair metal” bands. He began crafting a melodic sound, inspired by Eric Clapton. He took matters (and a Fender Stratocaster) into his own hands and became a lead guitarist. By 1991, Glenn had written what would turn out to be one of his most requested songs, “Pale,” and his primitive demo of the song featured himself on every instrument.

Crosby, Stills, and Nash and the production and songwriting of Electric Light Orchestra became another part of the foundation he built his “musical” world upon, and the heartbreak and longing in Roy Orbison’s voice inspired him to pour out his own feelings. In 1994, he acquired a four-track recorder and began demos for a CD that would become Civilized Natives first release. As one listens to the CD, the sounds of the Beatles, ELO, Crosby Stills and Nash, and Eric Clapton’s guitar seem to mesh together to form a new sound all its own.

The CD is a rock and roll heartbeat, built on the dreams of a 12-year-old boy who found in the Beatles the inspiration to strap on an electric guitar, step into the spotlight, and sing what his heart told him to.
Musical Influences: The Beatles, Crosby Stills and Nash, Electric Light Orchestra, Roy Orbison and Eric Clapton

Favorite Quote: “The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not mov’d with the concord of sweet sounds is fit for treasons stratagems and spoils…let no such man be trusted…” — William Shakespeare





Therese (Florian) Vignolo – Vocals /Percussion/Acoustic Guitar
Therese started singing at the tender age of four when her Great Uncle, Father John Licari, requested that she sing for the celebrities at St Anne’s Round Up in Pensacola. She then performed in talent shows, fund raisers and in school plays. At age 13 she sang Schubert’s “Ave Maria”.

Therese’s production and craft become more refined as she began listening to Phil Collins and The Bee Gees. She then took the club scene and sang with many artists including her Uncle, John Licari. She was influenced by Patsy Cline, who gave her a sense of the dramatic in music. She also heard Celine Dion whose vocal power helped her find her own voice.

Eventually, Therese crossed paths with childhood friend, Glenn Vignolo. Together, their voices fit like a glove. He played Civilized Natives music and she fell in love. They started duo shows up until the point she was invited into the band. On August 12th, 2000 Therese and Glenn were married.

Therese’s power and soulful, gutsy growl, coupled with an ethereal quality that makes her unique among singers, brings versatility, experience, and zeal to her craft.

Musical Influences: Phil Collins, Celine Dion, Roy Orbison, K.D. Lang, Patsy Cline, The Beatles, The Bee Gees and Vince Gill.

Favorite Quote: “…and in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make…” –Sir Paul McCartney-







Barbara A Belvin- Keyboardist
Barbara Belvin has been studying piano since the age of seven. She studied with concert pianists in Germany and Massachusetts and continued her study in Pensacola, with virtuoso pianists Robert Sherwood and Pierre Huybregts. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in music, Barbara also studied with Keith Connolly (Three Dog Night) where she expanded her area of concentration from classical piano to organ, jazz and rock. Barbara has played with other local bands, soloed at various restaurants and banquets and was on the original recording of Lost written by Vince Asbjornsen. She is currently the organist at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Bellview where she plays for three masses, weddings, and funerals. She has been playing keyboards with the Civilized Natives since the spring of 2010, and is currently working with Glenn on his original music.

Favorite Quote: “How much has to be explored and discarded before reaching the naked flesh of feeling?” -Claude Debussy