State your favorite genre of music and your reason.
I love all types of music and had the privilege of growing up in a household of musicians, where there were no boundaries on what was played at home. But the type of music that made me FEEL, even as a child was R&B music. Even working with different producers, they always tried to make me sing something else. Pop music, Rock music, etc., and it was fun and I enjoyed it but whenever I would go home and go to my piano…I always ended up writing R&B music. That’s how I knew that was the real me.
Tell us your experience as a musician.
I’ve been singing since I was 3. My mom is a vocal teacher and she started me off young, haha. I come from a musical family. My Tata (grandpa) is a musician and still plays in a band today. And all my uncles and aunts are musicians. I don’t have a memory of me not singing or practicing. I just remember always doing it, kind of like walking. I started performing professionally on stage when I was 5…and haven’t stopped. I’ve been in this industry for 20 years, being in and out of production, record deals, touring, recording, etc. But now being an independent artist, it feels like I’m just beginning.
Tell us the theme of your song.
I was going for the late ’90s, early 2000’s R&B sound. That’s my favorite type of R&B. I wanted it to be nostalgic and take you back.
Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.
I have an amazing little team I have put together. Everyone is getting paid off of the love of music and their belief in me. I am truly blessed to have found these guys.
Producer: Kenny Dubb
Pianist/ Musical Arranger: Jaime Hinckson
And my entire family…the sacrifices they have made for me and my music is unreal and the love is so unconditional. I don’t know how I got so lucky.
Tell us about your future goals.
I am going to continue to release lots of music. (English and Spanish). And finally, play LIVE SHOWS. I am really excited about that. Not sure what the future holds but I’m just having a great time figuring out what the next move is and finally being able to do my own thing with no limitations. It’s very liberating.
Go into detail about your opinion on religion and politics.
I come from a very spiritual family. My great grandmother ‘Madre Sarita’ was a shaman and did many spiritual healings. She worked with the Sai Baba in India and was inducted into the Woman’s Hall Of Fame in San Diego. I am so lucky I got to spend 16 years with her; she was a very beautiful and wise woman. Her presence made you feel something you can’t explain. I miss her a lot. My uncle Don Miguel Ruiz wrote the book, “The Four Agreements”. A best seller spiritual self-guidance book that has changed lives. I am so proud of my roots and my Mexican Culture. Being spiritual is in me and I can’t deny that. I feel like all religions have truth and there is no wrong or right one. Being spiritual allows me to be open to any and all. It’s very much personal.
Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.
I only hope it inspires people; that’s the goal as an artist. I have had some incredible feedback with this song and other songs I’ve done in the past. I’m just going to keep writing music and telling my story, which is most likely, someone else’s story too.
Explain the changes you have observed so far in the music industry.
Anyone can be an artist, as long as you have 1M followers on Instagram. Haha! I mean, I’m going to be real here. There are some really cool things that have happened and there are some really bad things that have happened. The cool thing is anyone can be successful without a label. But again, I said “anyone”. I heard someone say, “I want to be a singer, I’m not good but that doesn’t matter today”. And I thought to myself…whoah that’s so sad and true. But you have to think, what kind of ‘artist’ do you want to be? I’m pushing for longevity. Of course, I would love to play at Madison Square Garden one day but if I could just fill a room, even a small room with people who genuinely love my music and my voice, that to me is success in itself. I’ve put so many years, tears, blood, love, and passion into my music because I want it to mean something and touch someone in ways they can’t explain.
State the artists you cherish most and your reason.
The one that always inspires me is Selena. Not Selena Gomez, Selena Quintanilla. She is the only Mexican/American artist I could look up to as a young girl…because there wasn’t any. I felt like she was just like me. She also came from a musical family and it reminded me of mine. Not only did I love her music and her iconic fashion sense but I loved her heart and personality. She was always doing well for her people and her community. She had this innocence about her and a strong trusting heart you could feel in her interviews and on stage. Even though she has passed away decades ago her music lives on and continues to break records. Selena is my girl. I only hope I can continue what she started.
Give us the links to your social network and stores.
Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.
I like to write from personal experiences. It makes it feel more authentic. I am not ashamed of my feelings or what I have been through because I am human and I know many other people have been through it too.
Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.
I love working with other artists. I started making cover videos on YouTube and next month I will be releasing a collaboration I did with a childhood friend of mine named Chrys Ryan. He is an incredible singer/musician. So lookout for the video on YouTube and the song on Soundcloud.
Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people dance or making the kind of music with a genuine message that inspires them.
I think as artists we have a job to make people “feel”. Whether it’s dancing and forgetting their troubles or speaking the truth and helping someone to get over something. I would like to create both because as a person, I need both.
Discuss the impact of a Performing Rights Organization.
It’s great that we have this to protect our songs and get paid what we deserve.
Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.
I always have so many melodies in my head. That’s the easiest part of writing for me. But I start out with playing the piano and finding chords that I like. Then I start humming a melody over, and while I’m humming a melody…lyrics kind of flow out in pieces. So I’ll listen back and grab a few words that I’ve sung and start making the song. Then I give the song to my pianist (Jaime Hinckson) and he just makes it sound like GOLD! And then lastly, my producer (Kenny Dubb) will start making the beat and making my song come ALIVE!
Go into detail on the recording process of this song.
In this song, I have lots of harmonies and layers. I think that’s what gives it that old-school R&B vibe. That part took the longest to figure out and layer. But it’s the part that is the most rewarding for me. I started off with recording the demo in my studio, then for the final vocal, I went to my old producer/friend Tim Feehan. He really knows my voice because I have been working with him since I was 15 years old. When I was signed to Ruthless Records, Tim was my producer and we wrote and recorded over 50 songs, (English and Spanish) and only two saw the light of day…(but that’s the music business for you!) So I really trust Tim with getting a perfect vocal comp. Then after we had Niko Marzouca and Robert Marks (who have worked with big artists like Kehlani, Rebelution, etc.) mixed and mastered the song. I couldn’t have asked for a better team of people. Much love to everyone.
Discuss your music performance.
I don’t think I can describe it…you just have to come and watch one of my LIVE shows this year.
Tell us how you will rate yourself as an artist.
I haven’t given up on music. So that must count for something. I’ve been hurt by this industry many times but it has rewarded me on a different level. For someone who has been doing this for 20 plus years, you would think I would have been done by now. I mean, I have had my moments of wanting to quit. But music is who I am, and I can’t stop. So I am going to give myself an A for effort.