Traditionally Modern

Traditionally Modern


Tell us about yourself and your music

I joined an all-girls choir when I was 10 years old which was where I was classically trained with Orchestral, Sacral, and Classical music. I received training for 4 years before my vocal coach left the choir. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, I was surrounded by hard-working people and even though I spent much of my time outside of my neighborhood, when I returned home I was reminded of my humble beginnings and my roots. It’s inspiring to live surrounded by people who fight day and night so they can put food on the table for their families. Thanks to my parents and neighborhood, I can remain fluent not only in English but in Spanish as well. When creating music, my mission is to deliver messages that life has given to me in a tangible format. I feel that most people constantly forget that music’s purpose is not only for entertainment but also to communicate with people whom you may not be able to personally reach. The purpose of my music is to connect with people and bring them together. My music is unique because it can showcase the different genres that I’ve been exposed to throughout my four years at LACHSA where I studied: Music theory, Gospel, Choral Music, and Vocal Jazz; while attending Plaza de La Raza’s Theatre and Drama Program. It was during this time that I discovered a passion for creating powerful, unique, and original music. When I approach a new song project I am aware that there are some parts, within the song, that has developed stylistically different from each other and it makes me a bit nervous sometimes. But when I tie the parts together, I start to see the piece as a whole, like a multi-colored melting pot of the traditional and modern genres that have been instilled in my heart: Pop, Bossa nova, Opera, Mariachi, Jazz, Latin Folk.

Talk to us more about your latest release

I chose to collaborate with Miguel Angel Flores because his artistry demands attention, with his near-perfect pitch, vast knowledge of the classical guitar, and extensive understanding of music theory. Miguel played as part of my backing band for nearly two years and it was through him that I was introduced to Greg Karagianis, producer of the new release. Greg played on tour with Andy Grammar for almost a decade and wanted to be near his growing family, so he built his home studio from scratch and started producing. When I learned of this accomplishment, I knew Greg was the person to trust to record this single with.

What inspired you to write this release?

This song is special to me because Mariachi was one of the genres that I, particularly, fell in love with when I first started learning how to sing. I stayed away from recording any of the songs in this particular genre because I feel as they should be approached with reverence, not just haphazardly put together for my benefit. It took at least two years to find the people I needed to bring this song to life, the way that I perceive life. I wanted to give my listeners/supporters what they have been asking for since the start of my career, to record and release Mariachi music. My audience was the inspiration behind this release.

Describe the writing and recording process

For this historic and traditional song, I chose to, very minimally, alter the lyrics to the way I most saw and felt I could translate the feeling best. I wanted the vocals to be raw and filled with all the sadness, rage, and spirit that the song demands. Miguel was the driving force of the musical aspect of this song and he pulled the best from his musical roster to record on this project. Various instruments were recorded on this track including Harmonium, Marxophone, Accordion, Bass Harmonica, Mellotron, Vibraphone, Autoharp, Dulcitone, various classical guitars, upright bass, electric bass, and even a Toy Piano.

Any plans to release a video?

Any plans to hit the road?

TBD. Please visit for upcoming news and performances.

As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?

As an indie artist, the only branding I can assign to myself is the real and personal struggle of an independent artist with a minimal budget, and a do it yourself philosophy.  I combine my operatic singing voice to transform traditional styles of music into a Pop Electronic Movement without restrictions, borders, or genres.

Who have you been listening to lately?

During this time of quarantine I have been listening to a lot of Lana Del Rey, Natalia Lafourcade, Maria Callas, Bach, Violetta Para, Chavela Vargas, Los Angeles Azules, Margarita y la Sonora Dinamita, Luis Arcaraz y su orquestra, Laurel, Gloria Trevi, Juan Gabriel, and Eydie Gormè con los Panchos.

Who are your biggest influences?

My biggest influences are Shakira, Linda Ronstadt, The Carpenters, Maria Callas, Lola Beltran, Chavela Vargas, Juan Gabriel, Natalia Lafourcade, The Bee Gees, Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, and Ella Fitzgerald.

Tell us about your passions

My passion for singing opened multiple doors for me. I began to train classically at the age of 10 years old and decided to dedicate my life to music ever since. I was in an all-girls choir with a classically trained pianist and director who exposed us to all styles of music inspiring me to pursue all styles of music. I’m passionate about performing and writing music. I’m also passionate about teaching and sharing my love for music with anyone who expresses the want/need for help. I love teaching everyone how to sing.

What else is happening next in your world?

I’m excited to release new content. I have various ideas that I’m working towards releasing, hopefully, soon it will be ready. I’m anxious to get on the road again and share my music with everyone. So please, stay tuned ( for more content and upcoming performances, of course, once we get through these hard times.



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